When you lose your job, you’re forced to think about your priorities and what’s next. It doesn’t matter if you particularly liked the job or not, it was paying the bills and keeping a roof over your head.
I lost my job a couple years after graduating university and it shook me to the core. Sure, I didn’t love working customer service, but it was all I could find while looking for something in my field. It was almost a blessing in disguise, though, as not having a job forced me to look at my life and decide what I really wanted to do.
When Tracy Voss was laid off, she had the same decision to make. Mine was to be a writer, hers was to save lives.
Tracy, along with her husband Scott Whyatt, began the organization “Tracy’s Dogs,” which brings animals from high-kill shelters to safety.
“[Tracy’s] been an animal lover all her life,” Scott said. “And then at some point back in 2011, she was furloughed from her job for about six weeks. She started going down to the local city shelter in San Antonio to video dogs that they were stationing at another facility because they knew they wouldn’t get adopted. So she started posting those videos on YouTube, and we started getting recognition from people all over the country, wanting to adopt the dogs in the videos. And from there it just sort of bloomed into this organization where we would go and rescue the dogs ourselves, bring them into this facility, and then re-home them ourselves.”
These dogs need someone to take one more chance on them, and that’s what Tracy and Scott do. But how can they manage it all?