What’s your story? Why did you first get involved with ACR?
I just wanted to do something that gives back to the community and helps cats.
How are you helping now? What volunteer position are you filling? What does your work involve?
I am still working on the same position I was doing when I first started (even though I’ve tried a few others like feeding and trapping), I work with the adoptions screening team. I field inquiries from potential adopters through email or phone and we discuss their interest in adopting a kitty from us. During the conversation, we chat about pretty much everything from understanding what the adopters are looking for, their current kitty situation, the history and how we can help fill those situations with a suitable cat/kitten.
On many occasions, I get the chance to speak with other like-minded cat people (or animal people, in general!) and we help one another… they are looking to adopt and we are looking to find great homes for our wonderful kitties!
Describe a real winning moment for you as an ACR volunteer.
The best moment to date for me is when I spoke with first time cat owners who had never any extensive experience with cats and only had dogs. They moved into a condo and their lives changed in terms of space and lifestyle. We had a very in depth conversation about cat care, what they were looking for and how we could help.
They were initially looking for one cat but soon after, contacted us again to adopt another! They also sent us photos of the cats and all the fun cat structures and toys they had gotten. It was such a successful referral because they genuinely felt so happy about getting their new feline friends!
Why do you think people should volunteer with ACR?
I think people should volunteer, period. I chose the ACR because they do great work and have a group of incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated people. Not only do you feel good from volunteering, you’re likely to meet amazing people and learn a lot. And cudddle a cat or two.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing that ACR does?
ACR has a very holistic view on the way they approach cat rescue. They make attempts to address the issue of the feral cat population by educating, providing community support and finally, getting adoptable cats into good homes.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering with ACR? What’s your “real” job?
I have a hum-drum life in the corporate world.
Besides rescuing cats, what are some of your other hobbies?
I enjoy working in the garden/yard by tending to the flowers, bushes and other plants. I love horseback riding and started taking lessons a few years ago, as an adult.
Do you live with any ACR cats at the moment? Who and what is their back story?
No, I don’t.
What cat do you dedicate your volunteer work to and why?
I dedicate all the work and time I do, to my first two cats, Cocoa and Louie.
Photo: my current two boys, Buckingham (Bucky) and Stanley C. Panther (Stanley) helping out in the kitchen