One of my favorite things I’ve done since I’ve been in college is scoop alpaca poop. Of course, I’ve enjoyed all the educational and even social aspects of college as well, but there’s just something special about poop scooping.
For one, I enjoy the repetition and somewhat calming motion of raking into the industrial dust pan we use to collect the poop. But more than that, I know just how much it benefits the alpacas I’ve gotten acquainted with while volunteering. Not only is poop scooping essential to keep the farm looking clean, but regularly cleaning helps stop the spread of parasites and keep the alpacas safe.
Having worked personally and professionally with a variety of animal species, I know how much the little things matter. That’s why I work tirelessly to do things right and find pleasure in things like scooping alpaca poop. Is it the most fun thing I’ve done? Not by a long shot. But knowing how much it matters makes the small work so much more satisfying.
Working with animals has been some of the most rewarding work that I’ve done. Even if the animals are upset because I gave them medication that they didn’t like, or gave them a bath they don’t think they needed, I get to form connections with animals that are meaningful to me and I think them as well.