“Cause We Care” — AdoptAPet.com
This week Alice interviewed Kevin a volunteer at a local shelter (and tumblr blogger) to see what motivates him to give his time to homeless animals.
1. Out of all the volunteer opportunities, what inspired you to donate your time to an animal shelter?
I was interested in both volunteering and adopting, and as someone who had never adopted before, working at a shelter is a great introduction into animal care.
2. What are the kinds of things you do when you are volunteering there?
I help out in the cat room of my town’s shelter. They need volunteers to help feed, replenish water, empty the litter boxes, foster, talk to potential adopters and help them pick a pet, and socialize the animals.
The last is very important, as many of the animals come in with no human contact. In particular, we get plenty of feral kittens, and the older they get, the tougher it is to domesticate them. If you told me a year ago that I could play with kittens as volunteer work, I would have said you were crazy, but it’s absolutely necessary and I’ve had a blast with the whole process.
3. Any personal stories of a dog or cat you have taken care of?
I also recently helped with a blind kitten I named Dexter (after the Showtime character, obviously). I’m not supposed to dedicate all that much time to kittens, but Dexter is different for obvious reasons. His siblings were adopted out quickly, and now he’s in his own cage, waiting for something familiar to come his way, either a noise or a scent. I wanted them to put Dexter with another kitten so he has someone to wrestle, but as of now, he’s lonely.
He still doesn’t know his own weaknesses, so as usual, he skittered up to my shoulder and started prancing around like he knew what he was doing, yet… ummm… yeah. A few close calls. He ran all over the place, crying for something, yelling right into my ear, most likely because he didn’t know my ear was 1 inch away. So I took him to a quiet area, and he calmed down! I think he doesn’t know how to deal with all the sounds all over the place. He almost got crossed an ornery Garfield cat and got a smack upside his left ear for his troubles, but he was relaxed and took some time to chill on my shoulder, rather than shred it up. One of the staff members even came over and took some pictures of him being all chill and stuff, because they aren’t used to a blind kitten climbing until he can climb no more and pooping out on the back of my neck.
::Dexter now has a foster home and might be placed in a special program for special needs pets::
4. What would say to encourage others to give time to their local shelter?
You get to play with kittens and puppies and help animals find a home. That is all.