I bet there will be plenty of catnip toys for pretty Patches and her brother Rusty in their new home.
Occasionally I’m asked to work with new volunteers, showing them how we clean the cat cages and the open rooms at PAWS.
I hear two things from most of them:
1. They were hesitant to volunteer because they thought it would be too depressing.
2. They were afraid they’d want to bring all the cats home.
I have to admit that sometimes it is sad to hear what some of the cats have experienced. But being part of the solution, bringing kindness and affection into their lives is a joyous activity. And, there is working with people who share a goal and have a common outlook. Knowing that just getting a cat to come forward in the cage; enjoying the touch of your hand, hearing them purr, means that the next time a potential adopter comes in they’ll get a reception from the cat that can result in a new forever home… it’s very rewarding.
Of course you, as a volunteer, might fall in love with a particular cat. And that might result in an adoption…
But is that so bad? There are between 80 and 100 cats at PAWS depending on the time of the year. Are you going to want to take them all home? Yikes!
Just think, you can be like a grandparent. Visit, lavish the cats with love, then go home and relax with only a bit more cat hair on your clothing.