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Akili PHD: The Volunteer

 

By Christina Neubauer | Business Development Manager

When I was 21, I bought my first rabbit; a baby lop-eared girl named Ava. At the time, I thought I knew enough about rabbits to properly care for her. It took about a week for me to realize my error.

In that week, my ruffian little rabbit had proven to be a handful. So, I dove headfirst into research and quickly learned that my first mistake wasn’t my lack of knowledge on pellets versus rabbit-approved veggies. It was that I had bought Ava from a pet store instead of adopting.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), about 6.5 million companion animals are brought to shelters in the United States every year. And of those 6.5 million, 1.5 million are euthanized. It’s a staggering number to be faced with, especially when many pet stores in my own area are never in short supply of kittens, puppies, and of course, baby bunnies. I learned very quickly that rabbits are overpopulated and under-cared for by owners.

And I was one of them.

Over time I learned more and more about rabbit care and eventually found myself at Chicago’s Red Door Animal Shelter. Started in 2000, the Red Door Animal Shelter rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes the top three pets in the US; dogs, cats, and rabbits. All while being a no-kill, non-profit, 100% donation-run organization.

I became a volunteer, then an adoption coordinator and educator, and recently a board member. Working with the shelter has shown me many good times, like finding a sweet but abandoned cat a new home with loving people. But it has also shown me many upsetting times, like the day a cardboard box of emaciated kittens was dumped on our doorstep. Nevertheless, I became determined to do everything I could to educate people and place our animals into caring homes. I became more thorough and hell-bent to put all of my effort into each individual situation.

That same determination has carried over into my work at Akili. The passion I have for animals somehow transferred seamlessly into a passion for above-standard service. As a business management and technology consulting firm, our job is to improve the business performance of our clients by presenting well-researched solutions to fit their needs, all while providing the best support from the best people for the best mix of technology and consulting.

It’s clear that I’m not alone. Every member of the Akili team is determined to bring the very best results to each of our clients and to each unique situation or need. From Business Planning to Support Services, we’re passionate and determined to make the business lives of our clients easier.

Whether it’s finding loving homes for animals at the shelter or solutions for clients at work, my passion for service always shines through.

Christina with Avalanche, the 15-lb Flemish Giant Rabbit
Christina with Lex, the Human-Climbing Cat
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