Rising Above. Going Beyond.

Meet Lane Allen

Lane Allen

Lane Allen is 24 years old and lives in Jasper, Alabama (Walker County). He and his family recently moved from Dora, which is where he returns every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to work at the Sumiton Animal Clinic.

Lane came to Phoenix in October of 2018, diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or impulsivity that interferes with functioning. He is also diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, which is a condition marked by impaired muscle coordination. Lastly, Lane has Epilepsy, which is a neurological disorder that causes seizures or unusual sensations and behaviors.

Lane is non-verbal, but he will tell you that he has “fast fingers” and can respond to anything on his iPad or phone!

Lane Allen is just like other 24-year-old young men in that he wants to earn a paycheck and he loves spending it on Amazon! Lane loves music, especially rock and roll, gothic rock, and heavy metal. On the day I met him, he was dressed appropriately in a “Journey” t-shirt, so he embraces classic 1970’s rock and roll!

Working With Animals

Lane has one younger brother and he has four dogs at home that he deeply loves. Lane routinely helps to take care of them, so working in an animal clinic seemed a natural extension of his interests.

Lane’s job coach quickly learned that Lane was good at data entry so she decided that customized job carving was going to benefit both Lane and the employer that agreed to get creative!

Robin at Sumiton Animal Clinic is the office manager and she is the Department head of the Jasper Chapter of the Forgotten Tails Rescue. It was Robin that said “yes” to job carving.

Lane currently volunteers his time three days a week where he is responsible for inputting data on over 100 stray animals into a spreadsheet. He documents shots and current medications, such as V5L (Parvo/Distemper), Rabies, Heartworm, Droncit (Treats parasites), and Panacur (Dewormer). He notes spay/neuter status, heartworm treatments and has learned to decipher many medical abbreviations. Lane is learning the clinic animals, which requires documentation that is more extensive and he continues to grow in his duties. Lane is supportive of the animals coming in and he has been known to use his free time to sit with, and comfort, rescues that seem to be struggling. When Lane first started, he worked in the kitchen area, but staff quickly recognized his value and created an office space exclusively for him.

An Asset to the Organization

Robin reports that staff seek Lane out because he is always hard working, pleasant, and always adds joy to those around him.

Sumiton Animal Clinic is moving forward in hopes of hiring Lane but the opportunity they extended illustrates what an asset they believe Lane will be to their organization.

At home, Lane’s mother has been pleased to see how much more socially confident her son has become since he began work at the Animal Clinic.

In closing, I asked Lane what was the most difficult part of his job. He said learning the abbreviations was hard but reading the doctor’s handwriting was the worst! I asked what the best part of the job was. Lane said it makes him feel good to be good at something.

What a simplistic expression of why time, patience, creativity, and willingness to try something different pays off!