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Old July 7th, 2010, 05:52 PM
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Love volunteering at the shelter

What I do is so minimal but I just love it. Once a week I pick up a load of kitty laundry take it home and launder it and then drop it off the following week. While I am there, the manager told me to go ahead if I was comfortable to take the cats/kittens out of their cage and handle them and play w/them. She showed me where the notes are kept pertaining to each cat and if they are skittish or nervous and maybe I shouldnt handle those until I've had more practice and exposure. Anyway, the 6 that are there, are all fine.

DS went w/me one night and we played w/3 (one at a time, 20 minutes each) and there were still 3 left but I told DS we should get going. He looked at me like I had 3 eyes and said we can't leave until they all get equal play time. So 3 more cats, 20 minutes each, we were there over 2 hours. Didn't seem like it at all tho.

And in the few weeks I've been going, 2 have been adopted.

I go on Wednesdays so we'll be there tonite. There is one, tiny kitten who is so relaxed, he lies on his back in his bed in the cage and when you walk by he tries to grab you, so he is always first to play.
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Old July 7th, 2010, 06:12 PM
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Old July 7th, 2010, 06:22 PM
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every bit is a help when i was able to be at the cattery often i would pick one of the frightened ones and sit by him/her evry day with some catnip and treats i found after a few days they would get a lot more comfortable
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Old July 7th, 2010, 06:26 PM
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A big thank you and for volunteering with the cats. Most of the times, volunteers just want to walk dogs, and the cats oftened get the cold shoulder. Without volunteers, shelters would have a hard time running.
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Old July 8th, 2010, 11:00 AM
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I volunteer at a shelter too, in the public areas. Whenever I can, I make time to go in the back and cuddle the cats that aren't out for adoption yet. It is so very rewarding. A little bit of love goes such a long way for these animals.

Plus you handling them and getting them used to human contact makes them more "adoptable" and will make it easier for them when they do find a forever home.
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Old July 8th, 2010, 11:01 AM
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How great that you are doing this for the cats, and enjoying it also. Every bit helps the sweet souls.
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Old July 8th, 2010, 11:29 AM
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You obviously picked the right man
to both of you for caring and making caged cats lives a little easier
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Old July 8th, 2010, 02:36 PM
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And last night, I was finally able to hold "kippy". He's been very nervous. He'll come out and play but wont really let you pet him. I picked him up and loved on him and he PURRED. OMG I almost got teary eyed.
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Old July 8th, 2010, 02:44 PM
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aww...one of the best sounds on earth is a cats purr...in my opinion anyway!
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Old July 8th, 2010, 02:47 PM
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You obviously picked the right man
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chico - In this case DS for BEG is her son. She's doing a wonderful job of teaching him right!
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Old July 8th, 2010, 04:35 PM
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Oh,I seeso then she has a wonderful son,mom did good
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Old July 8th, 2010, 05:38 PM
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Oh,I seeso then she has a wonderful son,mom did good
Thank you - I sure try hard!
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Old July 8th, 2010, 06:26 PM
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good for you BrownEyedGirl !! not only are you helping these cats right now but , by visiting and playing with them , you make them better cats (more socialized) easier to adopt out. good job !
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