Kennel manager found 'a new sense of purpose' through her work at Will County Humane Society
For kennel manager Malorie Ernst, working for the Will County Humane Society has been a life-changing experience.
“Having the opportunity to help animals in need has given me a new sense of purpose,” Ernst told Will County Gazette. “Being able to be a voice for the voiceless and help advocate for their safety and overall wellbeing is something I'll always be grateful for.”
Ernst has always held a special place in her heart for all animals.
“My husband calls me the animal whisperer, but what really got me interested in working with animals was the passing of our family's yellow lab, Riley,” Ernst said. “Riley passed away from leukemia just shy of his third birthday. His passing was such a traumatic event for me and my family. He had such an important role in our family, and we didn't truly realize how much so until we no longer had him.”
Ernst became kennel manager at the Humane Society in January 2018. She started working there as a part-time kennel attendant while pursuing a career in the medical field.
“I began working for the Will County Humane Society as a way to give back and do something I truly felt passionate about,” Ernst said. “It quickly flourished from a job I did on the weekends to a career that would unknowingly change my life for the better. I believe I speak on behalf of all staff members and volunteers when I say that our goal is to make a difference in as many lives as possible. From the pets we save to the families they become a part of, it's much more than just finding a pet a new home. It's helping provide a safe and permanent happily-ever-after for all involved.”
In addition to helping rehabilitate and rehome hundreds of pets every year, Will County Humane Society believes in staying active in the community.
“Annually, we participate in the Pet Adoption Day at Abri Credit Union in Romeoville,” Ernst said. “We also participate in Paws on 66 in downtown Joliet, as well as the Pet Adoption Day with Baird & Warner in Plainfield. This helps us get the word out about the work that we do and about how important it is for our community to give back to those in need.”
Ernst was born in Joliet and currently resides in Plainfield. She is happily married and has three very active boys.