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AHS Employee Spawtlight: Meet Sabrina Leong

Written by: Arizona Humane Society
Introducing Employee Spawtlight, a monthly feature that will highlight an AHS team member and the important work that they do each day.

This month, as kitten season continues to ramp up, we spoke with Bottle Baby ICU Technician Sabrina Leong about what it’s like to care for the thousands of tiny felines that come through our doors each year. Here you can read highlights from our chat, but be sure to watch Sabrina’s full interview to learn all about who she is and how her role supports our comprehensive System of Care.

Q: For people who may not know what goes on in our Bottle Baby ICU, can you describe what this program is and what you do?

A: We are primarily feeding all day, but the care for these little infants takes so much more than that. We are doing treatments every day. We are taking notes to make sure that we get in touch with the vets when needed so that they can review certain cases to see if they need particular medications or other types of treatments. We look for the best foster candidates. We do a lot of caregiving as well. It’s a lot of physical work, it’s a lot of mental work and there’s a lot of teamwork as well.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Bottle Baby ICU technician?

A: So many things but definitely the one-on-one patient care. It’s not just going around and checking things off of a list. It’s looking at your patients, looking their whole bodies over, listening to them, just really using all of our senses to get an idea of how one particular patient is doing. And being able to speak up for them, being their voices and being able to get the right treatment going for them.

Q: What is one thing you and your department does that other AHS employees may not know about?

A: It’s not just sitting around and feeding kittens, although that would be way easier. We’re doing laundry, we’re doing dishes, we’re cleaning their kennels. It’s so many jobs in one. And we really just do it all. It’s very specialized what we do because we work with the neonates, but it’s such an all-encompassing job.

Q: Obviously working in animal welfare can sometimes be emotional. Is there anything your teammates here in the Bottle Baby ICU or other coworkers do to support each other?

A: Absolutely. Even today is such a great example of that. We had a call out because someone is sick, and having that support from your teammates is so important. You cannot do this job alone. Imagine having 45 foster kittens at home. That’s just — you can’t do it.

So, having the support from your teammates, knowing that we can get through it together, and I also just learn a lot from my teammates. I don’t have a technician background from before this, and a lot of my coworkers do, and they have some valuable information that I can utilize in my everyday practices with these babies.

May 30, 2024