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Employee Spotlight: Miriam Laibson, Director, Registry Program


Miriam Laibson

Job title:

Director, Registry Program

Current pets:

Sookie, 9-year-old Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix

Bear, 4-year-old Chihuahua/Terrier/fluffball

How long have you worked at Michelson Found Animals?

A little over three years.

What do you do at Michelson Found Animals?

I am the Director of the Registry Program, which includes overseeing Customer Service, Orders and Fulfillment and Client Care, in addition to providing support to our Sales Team.

Did you grow up with animals?

Yes! My first pet was a cat named Yoda, who lived a long 15 years. Our second family pet was Zoe, a Schnauzer/Poodle mix, who we were lucky enough to have for 18 years. We also had a hamster named Alvin and a turtle named Becani.

What is your professional background?

I’ve always worked for non-profits. I’ve worked in all types of positions, including Data Entry, Database Management, Accounts Payable/Receivable, Program Development and Fundraising. In 2016, I completed my certificate in Animal Shelter Management through the University of the Pacific.

What attracted you to this position?

I always knew I wanted to help animals, but never knew how to apply my data-heavy background to this industry. Managing our 100% free online microchip registry feels like the perfect mix of my data-driven but animal-focused mind.

What do you wish other people knew about Michelson Found Animals?

Yes, our registry is and always will be free, and yes, you can register any brand chip with our site. However, what many people don’t realize is what they’ll gain by utilizing our low-cost products and free registry. With the right programs in place, our products and batch uploads can allow your organization to save thousands of dollars every year due to shortened length of stays, increased RTO rates and reduced operational costs.

What are some of your strongest beliefs about animal welfare?

Spaying/neutering, microchipping and registering and TNR are key to keeping animals out of shelters.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about getting involved in animal welfare?

It’s not always easy but it’s always worth it.

What else can you tell me about animal welfare?

You’ll never meet a more passionate and selfless group of individuals with one common goal: saving more pets.

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