For the public, Ruth Rasmussen |

For the public, Ruth Rasmussen

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My job title: Nevada County Animal Shelter kennel attendant

What I do in my job: A little bit of everything from cleaning up after the animals to finding homes for strays or abandoned dogs and cats.

Why my job is important to the public: I personally have contact with each and every animal that passes through our doors. I make sure they are cared for.

The special skills and talents I bring to my job: I have a vast amount of experience with animals. I also have loads of compassion for the creatures we share Earth with.

The best part of my job is: When a dog that comes in scared and wanting to bite turns out to be a loving dog I can place in a loving home.

How I got my job: I applied for it.

How long I’ve been working here: Two years and eight months.

My family: Two daughters, Lydia, 20; Jessica, 17; and my mom.

My hobbies: My pets, reading, gardening.

When I was a kid, I … : always wanted to be a vet.

My dream vacation: A month in Tahiti.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: The friends I have right now and my boyfriend, Peter.

My hero: My late father, Harry.

The best book I’ve read lately … : “The Big Love” by Sarah Dunn.

I like living in Nevada County because … : Every day is an adventure.


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