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I love meeting our clients.  Every day I learn something I never thought I would think about.  Recently I met Nadine (not her real name), a dedicated officer of our local animal control office.  She is one of the dog catchers, and cat catchers and every other kind of animal control officers.    What must that be like??  I visit the animal shelter here and sometimes in other cities.  I am really impressed with how well the animals are treated, and much the staff cares about them.   It must be a hard job to take care of the sick or abused animals, or put sick or dangerous animals down.  Nadine told me its so hard that most or all of the workers suffer from anxiety and depression… No wonder.  Imagine — what if you had to rescue a dog from a vehicle after a car accident, or a starving horse abused by its owner.

If you see this post, and want to thank our local animal services office, you can do that.  Donate!  http://jointanimalservices.org/donate/

But back to Nadine — why was she in our office? Well, while any employee there can be a patrol officer,  in order to give citations, (tickets) the regulations require the officer to be a U.S. citizen.  So, after many years as a resident, Nadine will apply for naturalization this year.   Find out more about that here — http://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship.

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