January 13, 2012
I came to WCHS in 2006. I had lost my cat Earnie that year and it was very hard on me. The hardest thing for me is he was taken so suddenly that I never really got a chance to say goodbye. I didn't realize the last time I petted him would be THE last time, they told me I could pick him up in the morning. So I was in a state of shock.To deal with my grief I started coming to the shelter and sitting with the animals in the rooms where they are able to roam, petting them and talking to them and sharing special moments and purrs with them. The staff recognized me and would smile and ask me how I was doing but while they never directly asked me why I was there, I think knew I was grieving for my passed animal. And the cats sensed the sorrow in me and always had a kitty kiss or nuzzle for me. And honestly, how many cats will pass up a free scratch? I saw many cats be adopted and the wonderful work that the staff and volunteers did but I also saw they needed more help. I was amazed at how friendly all their animals were and how well care for there were, how much effort and love went into taking care of the animals and helping people with adopting a new member of their family. In 2007, I decided I would start volunteering and helping the animals and people who helped me. I wasn't personally ready for another cat at this time but thought that I could have many cats for a short period of time while I volunteered and help those animals find homes. I started to volunteer and found that it was a wonderful place to be a part of... The staff and volunteers genuinely love the animals and give them the best care they are able to while the animals are there. It may not be the sparkliest or the richest shelter but its full of sparkle and richness from those who give their time by work or volunteering. In 2008 Squiggy chose me, and I took him home. And then just this past month, I decided it was time to get him a sibling. Leonard and Squiggy are now inseparable. In fact Squiggy is singing to Leonard as I write this. But even though I have opened my home to two cats, I will always give my time to WCHS and share the love I have in my heart with all the animals still looking for fur-ever homes because there are many more. All the volunteers and staff give 110% to what they do, no matter what their job. They truly believe in what they do.
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