Nichole White has volunteered with Furry Friends since 2019. She got involved by signing her daughter up to volunteer and decided she wanted to volunteer herself.
Nichole is the shift leader for our Monday evening cleaning & care shift. When asked what she does during her shift, she said “When I come in and before I leave I do a full inventory of the cats at the shelter. I am always spending time with the kitties that need special attention. I pay close attention if they are eating and using the bathroom properly. I rely heavily on my team to tell me if they notice anything out of the ordinary and then make notes about it and pass the information along to the proper people. I clean and organize a lot at the halfway house. I make sure everything that needs to be done is done before leaving. I am also available most of the time if I am needed to come in and help.”
She currently spends 3-6 hours a week volunteering and is always up for extra work when asked. Many times she has spent her evenings making sure a cat is eating, even hand feeding when necessary. Her proudest moment as a volunteer involved syringe feeding a cat that was sick and still seeing the love in the cats eyes for her. Her favorite part about volunteering is working with the cats that need a little extra attention and watching them really grow socially.
Like many of our volunteers Nichole also has her own pets at home. These include six cats and two large dogs. She also works full time and has three children and still finds the time to volunteer every week for our kitties!
She said the reason she gives back is because she “likes to be a voice for those, human and animal, who do not have a voice or cannot communicate in a way everyone understands.”
Furry Friends always knows when we need someone to do any of the extras Nichole is always up for the job.
We would like to thank Jenn Hutchman for writing this spotlight. She has been volunteering with Furry Friends for a couple years and has been an amazing contribution to our team. She has fostered over 50 cats and kittens so far for Furry Friends, and not just the easy ones. She has fostered several bottle baby kittens that require feeding every two hours and has taken on some of the difficult medical cases. She also is the lead person for our email/voice mail team, plays a significant role on our medical team and has done a number of other tasks including fundraising. For 2020 she put in about 570 volunteer hours for Furry Friends. We are so grateful for all she does.