In 2005, Animal Care League hired Ellen. At the time, we had only 7 employees, thus Ellen was thrust into not only caring for our dogs, but also our cats and any other creature that came our way. Over the years, the shelter grew and so did Ellen’s responsibilities. She currently works as our Manager of Canine Operations and is responsible for all of dogs in our care. Under her leadership, the average length of stay of dogs in our care dropped to 13 days, which includes time for our staff veterinarian to examine the dogs and a “calming” stage that allows them to get use to their new temporary homes.
At Animal Care League, a “limited intake” facility, no animal is ever euthanized for lack of time or space. We whole heartedly support this philosophy, yet it creates certain challenges for Ellen because we also have contracts with two local villages that bring us their stray dogs. We give these dogs the same care as any other animal. Ellen must manage our entire canine population so we help as many dogs as possible, but still have room to accept those unfortunate strays picked up from the tough streets of Chicago. Under these contracts, we have to act as an “open” facility, but we have always, and always will, maintain our practice of no animal ever running out of time.
Ellen uses her heart and brains to make this happen. She also uses her (and other staff member) homes to foster our special needs dogs until they find their permanent home. I can’t count the number of times Ellen has come to work with a different four-legged friend in tow, having kept him/her at her home to help them become ready for adoption.
A hero is someone who puts their own interests and comfort aside for the well-being of someone else (or some other living creature). Ellen Milad is a true hero to our animals. She works long hours and in a very stressful environment, yet she excels at her job. We, and the animals in our care, are lucky to have her on our staff.
Category: Featured Shelter Helper
About the Author (Author Profile)
communications. She also serves as vice president of the Cat Writer’s
Association. With 25 years of animal rescue under her collar, Dusty has
rescued or fostered over 1000 cats. She’s author of Kittens for Dummies
and Cat Wrangling Made Easy.
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