There is a non-profit animal rescue organization here in South Jersey which saves abused, abandoned, and homeless animals. They provide them vet care, and also work with Petsmart to get the animals loving homes. The name of this organization is Beacon Animal Rescue. We are lucky that this organization allows people who care about animals to volunteer, such as myself.
Wednesday was my first day volunteering for the cat adoption center of Petsmart. It is a relatively easy “job” for me to care for cats in general, because I have experience caring for my cat, Prana. I really just have to do simple things like play with them, give them food, and give them water. I wasn’t asked to keep them safe, like make sure they don’t dart out the front door, but I do that anyway, because I assume things can be painful in any way when anyone leaves a space that they are familiar with. Low and behold, when I had to walk out to use the bathroom, on my way there, I passed a customer who was walking down an aisle with her dog Daisy; a Doberman pinscher. This was a beautiful looking dog, but now aside from that it bit me. It went for my right leg thigh. I didn’t fall and smash my head, and got to the bathroom, and back to the cats. On my way back Anj was waiting for me, and when I came back into the space where my cats were, I made sure to tell her to make sure “nobody” (my cats) walked out the door, and that “I got bit by a dog.” Basically, I thought that if I got bit, my cats would get bit.
Anj said “this is a time for reasoning,” when I told her I didn’t care about my dog bite. I only cared about my cats and then Anj being upset. Later, I said “I’d rather be bit by a dog then hit by a car.” That is supposed to be half funny, half serious. It was really fun “socializing” Elmo, Oreo, Caddy rose, Princess, KiKi, (and believe it or not ‘Patrick the cat’).
Ideally, this experience will provide a reference for a paying job at a zoo or aquarium. Plus, like I told Beacon, “I have an E.S.A.”. Just that shows that I have experience caring for an animal. Each cat at PetSmart has it’s own personality, and each human looking to adopt might be looking for a specific personality. Though I am just volunteering, part of this work is also informing anyone that would like to adopt, how to care for their new family member. KiKi was just spayed so you have to be careful when physically handling her. Princess is depressed (so in my opinion she really needs a home outside of cages). Elmo sleeps a lot. Cady-Rose doesn’t get along well with Oreo. KiKi is very young and active. Patrick takes meds (like me) and he sleeps a lot like Elmo. It is a lot of fun and can’t wait to be back.