The backbone of cat shelter work. The salt of the earth. Volunteers all over the world who quietly work behind the scenes helping rescue cats. I love this sort of person. They truly are the best. They don’t seek praise but they deserve it.
It was the story of Pat Hakanson in Western Australia that motivated me to write this (reported in the Western Australian). Pat works as a laundary volunteer at Cat Haven. She has been doing it for six years. There are 230 volunteers in total and 150 resident felines.
That is an impressive number of volunteers. Pat has been nominated for WA Volunteer of the Year Awards. She deserves to win I am sure. Pat volunteers because she likes to see the cats rescued and to have something nice to snuggle up to. That is a very genuine statement to make. Pat has given thousands of hours of voluntary work to assist in the rescuing of cats.
Cats Protection in the UK relies on a huge army of volunteers who, as I understand it, are paid expenses but essentially the work is voluntary and done out of a love of cats. Cats Protection is the oldest cat shelter/sanctuary/re-homing organisation in the UK and the largest.
To the many thousands of volunteers at shelters and sanctuaries, I think we have to add the good people who spend a lot of time caring for feral cats working independently and sometimes against the odds because a lot of people don’t like people who care for feral cats.
There are also many volunteers who give their time to helping cats online for instance. Of course they all get pleasure from the work anyway but without them cats would be in far worse position than they are today.