What’s your story? Why did you first get involved with ACR?
I adopted a cat from ACR two years ago. Her name is Salem (formerly Angelina). She is a precocious and pretty, little lady and a bright star in my sky. I saw how much heart ACR has and how being a small group of tightly-knit, hard working volunteers – they really do love the cats that they work so hard to help. I wanted to be a part of it because it is a natural extension of who I am. I also wanted to join forces with those who lend their time, energy and resources to help cats in need.
How are you helping now? What volunteer position are you filling? What does your work involve?
I am currently feeding feral cat colonies on designated routes with ACR. I am also gearing up toward being a palliative care foster mom.
Describe a real winning moment for you as an ACR volunteer.
Meeting Mia, another feral feeder who trained me. She has been feeding for two years and is a foreign student and a total angel.
Why do you think people should volunteer with ACR?
Because the cats need you.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing that ACR does?
Saves lives and changes lives.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering with ACR? What’s your “real” job?
I own a pet sitting company.
Besides rescuing cats, what are some of your other hobbies?
Everything pets. And writing and photography. I am also a surrogate mom.
Do you live with any ACR cats at the moment? Who and what is their back story?
Salem. When I first adopted her, she hid in the closet for a month. She was skittish and afraid of everyone and everything. Her big, bright eyes were so afraid and mistrusting of the world. It took her nearly two years to trust me. I remember the first time she let me pick her up, after a year and a half. I welled up with tears when she put her head down and let me hold her and pet her neck. Now she grooms my hair every morning and melts my heart every time I catch a glimpse of her playing. Her eyes are still big and bright, but they are also filled with more trust and love.
What cat do you dedicate your volunteer work to and why?
I dedicate my volunteer work to all of the cats. All three of my rescues and all of the kitties in the world. Because they deserve it and some of the unluckier ones are so mistreated. So I volunteer to help change and save the lives of the ones that I can.