Markus DeShane and Optimus the dog are two new faces at Midlands Humane Society, and both are ready for a bright future. DeShane, 36, is an Omaha native currently living nearby in Blair, Nebraska. He is a student in Iowa Western Community College’s veterinary technician program.
Through the program, DeShane is interning at Midlands. He said he was inspired to get into a career field in which he’d be able to work with animals after visiting his parents in Florida, where they visited a sea turtle sanctuary. He said he was motivated to chat with an employee after watching him work with the animals there.
“I was watching this guy behind the glass and he was cutting plastic off a turtle, and the shell was all deformed so you can it had been on there for quite a while,” he said. “When he finished he walked out into the hallway and I just stopped him and asked ‘hey, how do I get your job?’ And he told me to become a vet tech.”
DeShane said he is hoping to continue working with the shelter following his internship. He said the staff and the Council Bluffs animal community are warm and inspiring. He said his dream job would be working at wildlife refuges in exotic locations.
As DeShane looks ahead to his career, he is also looking for a home for his shelter buddy, Optimus. Optimus is a male pit bull mix, about a year-and-a-half old. DeShane said he’s his favorite dog at the shelter, as he is full of energy, curiosity and love.
Due to his breed, Optimus must be adopted to someone living outside Council Bluffs city limits. His adoption fee is $175.
More information about fostering, volunteer and donation opportunities can be found at midlandshumanesociety.org or by calling 712-396-2270. Updates and other information can be found at the Midlands Humane Society’s Facebook page.