June 9, 2012
I volunteered with PHS for ten years doing Lost and Found on Saturdays. I also went in, often, on days such as Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and other holidays so I could get animals home for the coming holiday. In ten years timne, I never missed coming in on July 5, the busiest day of the year. Because of the fireworks, there are many frightened animals. When I started, I noticed I found lots of dogs, but very few cats. I did research and found out that less than 2% of cats are found in shelters. That's because they are hiding. I developed a "talk" that I gave to cat owners and instructed them how they could find their own cats. Of course, I also told them always to check the shelter, but mostly they should be doing the searching themselves. It was a very, very good feeling when people reported they had found their cat. Suddenly, last August I was told my services would no longer be needed and all lost and found volunteers were being terminated and the vet techs were taking over.I asked for an explanation and was simply told the decision had been made.There was no thanks for my services for ten years. I knew my last day would be Sept 3. A few days before my last day, on a busy day, a man came over, handed me a piece of paper and said he liked all the information I was giving about cats. When I had time to look, it was a check for $1,000 to PHS.In ten years time, I never heard a staff person say any thing except come back in a few days.I feel very bad about all the lost cats.I did type up my "speech" and I hope they are using it.
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