Staff Spotlight – July 2018

Ben Waller

How long have you been at Five Acres?

I have worked at Five Acres for one year and four months.

What do you love most about your job?

What I really love about working at Five Acres is that we are all one big family. When everyone gets there we all have the same mission, to find our pets their forever homes. I love animals so I look forward to coming to work and being able to interact with all the dogs.

So far, what has been your favorite moment or memory as a staff member?

Something that really made me happy was when Olive went home. She was a very sweet dog who loved everyone she met.  She had been there as long as I have, so seeing her go home made me really happy.

What drew you to a job at Five Acres?

I love animals and I was looking for a place where I could get to work with dogs. Another important factor was Five Acres is a non-kill shelter. This is a huge plus!

Do you have a favorite past or present Five Acres animal?

My favorite animal will always be Buddy. Buddy was my first shelter buddy, I would love to come into work and see how happy he was when he saw me. I used to just sit in his cage with him all day and lay with him.  There was nothing better than that. Buddy was sometimes a little afraid around new people but I know he was never afraid of me and to make a dog feel that way, really made me feel good inside. Buddy will always be part of me and I couldn’t be happier about that.

Do you have any pets of your own?

Right now I don’t have any pets of my own. I have a lot of trouble not falling in love with all the pets so if that’s the case I would have about 100 dogs here right now.

When you are not working, what do you like to do in your free time?

When I am not working I love to hang out with friends and play sports outside. But I also really love to come up to the shelter on my off days and take dogs to the park so they can get away from the shelter for a little while. There is nothing better than the smile they get on their face when they know we are going on an adventure.