Hi! My name is Sarah Williams, and I’m a Humane Education Specialist at The Anti-Cruelty Society. Here at the shelter, I help co-facilitate our anti-violence after school program for teens, deliver animal welfare-related presentations to people of all ages, help oversee our Youth-Led Badging & Teen Drop-In programs, and manage our YouTube channel. I also write a weekly blog on behalf of our resident cat, Guy, which you can check out by clicking here right meow.
What I love most about my job is knowing that I am making a difference in my community by helping pets and people. Having previously worked in the operations side of the Society, it’s inspiring to be instrumental on the prevention side of animal welfare. My job involves teaching people about respecting life, spaying/neutering, and pet care and safety. Many of the issues we face in animal welfare result from ignorance about these topics, which is why Humane Education is so important. I wake up every morning excited to come to work and find new and interesting ways to teach people how they can become part of our community of caring!
When I’m not talking about animals, wrangling teenagers, or pretending to be a cat on the internet, I like to enjoy one of my many hobbies: playing video games, board games, or tabletop RPGs; training my cat to do tricks (it works, I swear!); cuddling my pet rat; practicing the Japanese martial art of Aikido; going camping or hiking; trying new and interesting craft beers; and sampling gourmet burgers around Chicago.