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_refugee_  ·  173 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: August 1,2018

OK I figured out what I want my next career to be (besides tattoo artist).

VERY SERIOUSLY NOW HUBSKI, I want to work with animals. I want to do something around rescuing or studying or ANYTHING TO DO with animals.

I know they're not all cute and they poop and they smell and they bite. That's ok.

Help me figure out what I can do (without a degree in bio) and how.

Please thanks any suggestions appreciated. I know, I'll end up poor. That's ok.

Luh u bye

i hate vacations they just fill me with existential dread

goobster  ·  172 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I have numerous friends who are making BANK as dog-walkers. These are people who are licensed clinicians, artists, writers, graphic designers, editors, etc.

All of them started dog-walking as a side business to their primary biz, and now do it full time, including boarding.

There are so many people with dogs, that you get to pick-and-choose your pack. Weed out the bad dogs - or, ONLY work with bad/difficult dogs, like one of my friends does - and get paid $20/hr for each of 5 or 6 dogs at at time, 2, 3, or 4 times a day. The money is ridiculous.

Oh, and when your FAVORITE dog, Fido, has his parents leave town for the weekend? You can keep Fido all weekend, and get paid $90-$150/night to play with your friend!

Seriously. This shit is crazy.

Get an older Subaru Outback. Get clothes and treats and leashes. Get dogs. Get familiar with each of the dogs. Bring them together as a socialized pack. Make bank.

Of course, you gotta be OK with weather. People really don't like to walk their dogs as much in the winter/rain/whatever.

There is also a great community of dog-walkers who work together to take care of dog parks, and support each other when one of them wants to go on vacation.

Work as many or as few hours as you want.

Work with only dogs you like.

It's a good way to work with animals, with ZERO training. Just get a biz card.

_refugee_  ·  171 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Cool thoughts - everyone!

after posting I had the thought that maybe it might be worthwhile to spend some time volunteering with animals first, maybe at like the SPCA or something. That way I could get a peek at what working with animals on the reg could be like while doing some good and also no risk of lost investment basically. I really appreciate this post in particular tho goob

thenewgreen  ·  172 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Can you leverage your current skills to work with animals? Apply to work at North Shore Animal League in their finance department but request that two days a week you get to work with the animals? -Just spit balling here.

kleinbl00  ·  173 days ago  ·  link  ·  

My cousin spent 20 years training seeing-eye dogs. He seemed to like it but he went into IT to pay the bills.