What do you do?
Erica Myer

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I work at Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR), a private non-profit that serves, cares for and protects homeless, abused, and abandoned animals in Southern Colorado. My title is communication specialist.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       My role is to educate the public on responsible pet ownership and the importance of adopting homeless animals; publicize fundraising and adoption events; cultivate donor opportunities; and promote available pets, volunteer opportunities and shelter programs using traditional media, social media and marketing campaigns.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       I have been working in the public relations field for the last five years, and have been at HSPPR for one year.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       I love the diversity that my job allows me. One day I'm working on our Pet of the Week program, and another I'm writing newsletters or press releases. I get to work with so many amazing animals and people both in the shelter and in our community. I really feel that my job helps save the lives of animals and touches people's hearts, and that leaves me with such a satisfied feeling at the end of every day.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       I wish ALL people understood the importance of spaying or neutering, socializing, licensing, vaccinating, training and providing medical care to their pets. I would love to see the level of care for companion animals increased overall in our community, so the number of animals HSPPR intakes yearly would decrease.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       My degree in communications: public relations/advertising and English: print journalism NEVER prepared me to work with animals. I've had to learn a lot about dog behavior and cat behavior and how to handle critters. Learning from animals has been full of a lot of laughs, patience and only one bite.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       Working on the Westside is awesome. If I need to buy a trinket for a gift I can pop into several local shops. I can also pick up my favorite dinner condiment or have a perfect lunch. Working on the Westside feels like a small town rather than a big city.

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