Amanda began volunteering with the Cats in Tow Program Mutts-N-Stuff small dog rescue in order to gain community service hours for school. She is in tenth grade and attends Valencia High school. Amanda has two dogs in her house but she has never had cats of her own. She loves coming in on her day off to spend time with the animals at the shelter. Amanda plays with all of the cats and helps them get their daily exercise. She is very patient and has no problem connecting with different cat personalities.
Even though Amanda originally started volunteering for community service, she has found that she really enjoys working with the cats in the shelter. She has actually finished all of her hours but decided to continue volunteering with us for personal reasons.
We are very thankful for all the help during the weekend adoption shows! Thank you, Amanda!
John is one of our younger volunteers at 14 and is about to graduate from Hutchinson Middle School! He decided to volunteer with us because he needed 30 hours of community service for his language arts project. Although John has no cats at home and limited experience with animals, he is looking forward to learning how to care for animals. John really likes cats but hasn’t been able to have any of his own because he has two dogs already.
In the photo below, John is working with one of our kittens, Sunny D, who is extremely playful! John is very enthusiastic and outgoing. He is great at socializing with people and is building his socializing skills with animals. We are delighted to have him on our team.
Thank you John for choosing the Cats in Tow Program as your community service experience.
This is a photo of Cheryl and the beautiful and friendly calico Caliope. Cheryl is the definition of a rockstar volunteer. She began volunteering for the Cats in Tow program and Mutts-N-Stuff small dog rescue in July 2012 and is coming up on her two year anniversary with us. At home, Cheryl has three cats and one special needs dog, who needs insulin shots twice a day. One of the cats that lives with Cheryl and her son Mathew is Babygirl. Cheryl and Mathew took Babygirl in for long-term foster care so that Babygirl could leave the shelter environment.
Cheryl is an extremely hard worker! She has two businesses: a cleaning service and a resale business for designer items. On top of her busy schedule, she has four kids and a new grand baby. Cheryl is undeterred by her hectic life, still finding time to volunteer with Cats in Tow. On top of being a cage cleaner and socializer, Cheryl is also in charge of washing all of the laundry that comes from the shelter. Her upbeat personality brings positive energy into the shelter. We are so lucky to have her with us!
Correction! Apologies to Harold for the incorrect title.
Harold has been dedicating his time to volunteering with kitties who are in need of forever homes for more than 5 years. He has been with the Cats in Tow Program since we started at the Brea Petsmart in March 2012. Despite the fact that Harold has five cats of his own, he still finds the time to commit a couple of hours a week to working at our shelter. Harold has patiently worked with all of our cats and has improved many of their behaviors through positive social interaction. He is very good at letting them warm right up to him. Harold even stops by the shelter on days when he doesn’t have a volunteer shift, but just happens to be in the store getting food for his own kitties.
In this photo, Harold is sitting with our shelter diva Creamsicle. He always keeps an eye out for all of our precious fur balls and for that we couldn’t be more thankful to have him on our team! His heart is truly there for the cats.
Thank you Harold for being a devoted and enthusiastic volunteer!
Briana, a sophomore in high school, volunteers for her love of animals. She has been a volunteer with Cats in Tow since early December of last year. Briana’s dog has been living with her Grandpa since they moved recently, but she can hardly wait for him to come back home! When asked to share one of the things she has learned since volunteering, she quickly said,”Patience!”. Briana is holding rescue dog Jack this photo.
Briana, thank you so much. Jack and the other dogs and cats value your love, time and patience!
Andie & Joe are grad students who work as a pair! Andie heard about Cats In Tow through her very good friend Amy, who happens to be our Cage Cleaner Coordinator. Andie came in to help out and fell in love with our kitties. She and Joe have been volunteering with us since the first part of December. Even with a cat and a dog at home, they say they have learned to have lots of patience when interacting with the cats. Because as we all know, nobody tells a cat what to do or when to do it! Their summation: “Cats are great!”
We could not agree more. Thank you Andie and Joe. We and the cats appreciate your patience!