What have you done to Be the Change for Animals? Most teenagers would not be willing to spend every Friday night volunteering with their parents, to adopt out cats. But I am not like most teenagers. I have been volunteering with Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation since 2005 and helping out in many ways.
I have been able to learn many lessons that have made me a better person. When I volunteer, I interact with potential adopters, volunteers, and adults. I am able to answer questions people might have, conduct adopter interviews, play with the cats and help take care of them by cleaning their enclosures and feeding them.
While volunteering, I have helped save many lives. At an event one night, a cat’s spay incision came open and her internal organs fell out. Along with the other volunteers, I was able to get the cat to calm down and get her to the vet. Acting quickly in an emergency situation helped save a cat’s life. I have also helped socialize cats by fostering them in my room. I play with the cats so they get used to people and can go to an adopter. Many cats come into the rescue very scared and need someone patient to work wit hthem.
My experiences with the rescue have been very beneficial to me. I am able to have conversations with adults as well as conduct myself in a manner in which adults will take me seriously. I enjoy volunteering with the rescue because I know it makes a difference to the animals that I help save.
You are part of 'Blogging the Change'...that's for sure!ReplyDelete
Wonderful post, Rachel! I'm so proud to know you.ReplyDelete
Great Job, Rachel. You do good work and should be proud of the wonderful things you do for those in need. I am so lucky to know you and your wonderful, supportive family!ReplyDelete
Your parents must be so proud of you. Thank you for making a difference to those kitties. :)ReplyDelete
Rachel I think Evi summed up exactly how I feel as well...great job and if more teens did the meaningful work that you are doing there would be far less bullying!!ReplyDelete
Great post, Rachel! You are an inspiration, and are not only blogging the change, but being it :) Gizmo and Sooty are beautiful kitties.ReplyDelete
I think if more people learned about rescue and adoption as young as you there would be many fewer homeless pets. I'm sure you are inspiring other young people as well!ReplyDelete
All of you are so sweet, thank you for the beautiful comments. Tearing up a little reading them :)ReplyDelete
Many thanks to you and your family for your commitment to homeless pets! It takes a lot of dedication to give up Friday night fun as a regular routine, even for an adult. I'm a shelter volunteer too and work with 3 terrific teens (who give up their Saturdays or Sundays) to help place cats at our PetSmart. We're also trying to get a bigger teen shelter program going right now. You are an inspiration :-). I stopped by with BTC4A blog hop.ReplyDelete
Great post, and thank you so much to you and your family for volunteering every week to help homeless animals.ReplyDelete
Great post for Blog the Change! :)ReplyDelete
You not only blog the change for animals - you ARE the change! Kudos to you for the most-important work that you do, and best wishes to all the cats in need of homes. It's people like you, doing the kind of selfless things that you do, that truly make the difference.ReplyDelete
Thank you for blogging the change,
We agree with Kim! It's people like you who make the difference!!ReplyDelete
This is wonderful Rachel and only reinforces my strong belief that school systems need to institutionalize a curriculum that teaches about pet and animal responsibility. I love what volunteering has done for you and thank you for all your kindness, compassion, and devotion to the cause!ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing your story Rachel! Rescue & adoption groups need more volunteers like you. Can't wait to share it on our FB page :)ReplyDelete