Ruby Deal is one of Furry Friends newer socilaizers. She has been volunteering for the last 5 months. As a socializer her tasks include not only petting cats (although that is a perk!) but to give extra attention to the kitties who come in scared, abused, depressed/lonely, or a little feisty.
She got involved by bringing a cat to Furry Friends that was left behind after his owner moved. After seeing our shelter and the work we do for the cats she knew she needed to volunteer to help. She usually spends 2-4 hours a week helping socialize Furry Friends cats.
When asked what her favorite part about volunteering for Furry Friends was, she said, “Meeting all the new cats and being able to bond with them. It’s both my favorite and least favorite part to see them be adopted out. It makes me so happy to see them find forever homes, but at the same time I miss them terribly after they leave.”
As far as her life outside of Furry Friends she doesn’t stop giving back. She is a Caregiver/Home Health Aid at a local assisted living facility and also has a dog (Lexi) at home.
Why does Ruby give back?
“Furry friends helped me so much with getting the abandoned cat in my neighborhood into safe hands, and I knew it must take a lot of help to keep the rescue running, so I wanted to do what I could to help. My dog is not cat friendly, so I figured the best way to help cats without bringing one home with me, is to go to the cats and help.”
We greatly value our socializers as cats in shelters not only need medical support but social/emotional support as well!
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.