Photos courtesy of Inga Morozoff Photography
AARCS Featured Volunteer:
A word from Lori:
I really can’t remember many times in my life when I didn’t share my life with a cat. My parents were animal lovers and we shared our house with many critters including cats, turtles, tortoises, gerbils, hamsters, mice and fish. We were taught respect for all living creatures right from the start. I loved them all but had a particular fondness for cats which continues to this day.
I have had a typical life: happy times and sad times, times of both hardship and joy, but there was always something missing from my life and I was never quite sure what it was. I decided to try volunteering and checked out several different rescues. Then I came across AARCS with their mission statement of “changing lives through kindness.” If there’s one thing this world is in dire need of it’s a little more kindness!
I knew from my first visit that this was the place for me. AARCS is an amazing organization that truly practices what they preach. Their love and respect goes beyond their animals to all the staff and volunteers that work for them. I am blessed to be part of this amazing group of people! To see these animals when they first enter the shelter and see the transformation that takes hold once they realize that they are safe and loved – nothing is more life-changing than that.
I find no greater joy than helping out here whether that be as a cat caregiver, training the next group of volunteers or helping out with adoptions. I came to rescue animals and yet they have truly rescued me! I will be forever grateful to AARCS for the kindness they show their animals and me. To be able to give back, in some small way, is the least I can do!
A word from our Cat Shelter Coordinator: