AARCS Featured Volunteer: Kim McLeish, Cat Foster Home Coordinator
After working for more years than I care to mention, I knew when I retired I’d have to do something to keep myself busy. Volunteering has always been a part of my life, both through organizing and participating in fundraising events, so I knew this was something I definitely wanted the pursue further in my retirement. One of the best things I did was contact AARCS to see how I could help the organization through volunteering. Having two cats of my own, I knew the role of cat care volunteer was custom made for me. I’ve met so many wonderful people since joining the AARCS family and the people I’ve worked with during my regular Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning shifts has been named the “dream team” by one of the volunteers and she actually named a litter of kittens after us. I have a special place in my heart for the Safe Haven cats and have to admit there are a few that have really tugged at my heart strings. I can’t bring them all home, but I enjoy giving them as much love as possible during my brief time with them at the shelter.
Volunteering at AARCS has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. To see so many cats leave Safe Haven for loving homes is amazing and I’m living in a constant state of “warm fuzzies”.
We are pleased to announce our Volunteer of the Month, for the Month of May, is Rhonda! Rhonda joined our team in January of 2013, and has remained an active part of our team in many different areas.
Rhonda has been a huge part of our Education and Outreach Program, visiting schools and youth around the city, educating them on the importance of caring for animals. Thanks to the Education Team, Rhonda and Allison, our Education Coordinator, this program has seen tremendous growth, reaching thousands of kids in 2014.
In addition to the AARCS Education Program, Rhonda also works here in our shelter with the cats as a caregiver. Over the past few years, Rhonda has played an important role in caring for the cats staying here at Safe Haven. As a shift leader, Rhonda provides training to our New Cat Caregivers.
Thank you Rhonda for all of your hard work! We hope you will be around for a long time to come!
A Few Words From Rhonda
It was destiny for me to become part of the AARCS family. A few years ago I made a New Year’s resolution to “save more souls”… and by this I meant of the furry persuasion. Animals of all sorts have been an integral part of my entire life and I, as well as my extended family, have rescued many sweet little souls over the years. But I wanted to step it up a notch so low and behold, AARCS presented itself! I started volunteering with AARCS in 2013; first as a cat caregiver at the shelter, a transporter, a special events volunteer and as part of the education team. This quickly led to a “go big or go home attitude” so I got into fostering and front-line rescue as well. Both of my feline family members (Smudge and Tigger) are pre-AARCS rescues and the lovely Jozie, who is supposedly a silver lab, was rescued by AARCS in Jan 2014. I don’t care for the term “foster failure”, but rather prefer to describe it as a “short term foster success”. Jozie simply looked into my eyes and soul…and as they say, the rest is history!
I have enjoyed so many aspects of being part of an amazing organization such as AARCS, for example:
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