Heather, who has been volunteering with us since December of 2022 not only helps at the spay/neuter clinic but fosters countless kitties as well. Prior to joining Furry Friends, she had been actively involved for many years with spaying and neutering other adoptable kittens and cats. As for her biggest challenge: saying goodbye to her fosters because it never gets easier. To her, they are all purr-fect. And fostering is pretty much 24/7 since some litters are easy while others require meds and extra attention.
Her favorite part about volunteering for us, she readily admits, is how quickly she fit it in – she loved it! And although she’s had so much experience both in fostering and in tending to cats’ medical needs, she appreciated those in charge for entrusting her with so much, so soon. She also counts every successful day at the clinic as a proud moment. Imagine how many proud moments she must have!
At home, she has four cats and one fish of her own, but in typical Heather fashion, she currently has 10 fosters! She doesn’t normally foster so many — or two groups at once — but two kittens were recently returned due to a medical situation that left their adopter unable to care for them.
Outside of Furry Friends, she does administrative work and she previously wrote comic books! Her favorite pastime is reading and she loves visiting Lucy the cat at Literary Leftovers and Maisie and Dickens at Vintage Books. MEOW! As to why she gives back, Heather says it’s because her cats were fostered before she adopted them, and she’s happy to pay it forward now that she has enough space to do the same.
As for the issues she’s most passionate about? TNR and educating the public about the need to spay/neuter their pets.
Furry Friends Volunteer Spotlights are compiled and written by Nomi Berger who is the bestselling author of seven novels, one work of non-fiction, two volumes of poetry, and hundreds of articles. She is a volunteer writer for Furry Friends in Vancouver, WA and also volunteers her writing skills to animal rescue groups in Canada and the USA.