As a Monday evening shift worker, Megan has been volunteering for Furry Friends since March 2023, and although she generally spends two to three hours a week at the shelter, she subs regularly and is often here multiple times a week.
She always comes in a few minutes early to get acquainted with and greet the cats, then meets with the shift lead and the rest of the team to prepare for the evening ahead. Once assigned a section, she gathers up all of the cats’ dirty dishes, logs their food intake on their charts and brings the dishes to the kitchen. Then she cleans litter boxes, removes dirty blankets and beds and replaces dirty floor mats and food dishes before socializing with the cats – and, most importantly, taking videos to post for the group.
Her favorite part of volunteering for us is taking care of and socializing with the cats (they’re also good for her mental health) and meeting awesome people she may not otherwise have met. Her biggest challenge is feeling sad for the cats whose owners have either relinquished them or have passed because of the stress it causes them, and she’s so grateful that we give them a safe and loving place to go.
For Megan, there are so many proud moments as a volunteer: seeing once fearful cats, wary of human affection, realize they’re safe, come out of their shell and warm up to you. Seeing sick or injured cats grow healthy and regain their trust in humans. Keeping cats safe until they can be reunited with their families. This brings her such joy and such a feeling of accomplishment. So many success stories! And speaking of success … she adopted a cat, whose name is Bossy, from us in 2016, and also has two fish, a betta named October and a dinosaur bichir named Slytherine.
Megan gives back because she LOVES cats. She also works as a peer support and housing specialist at Consumer Voices Are Born, a local organization that provides resources to the community’s homeless, mental health and substance abuse population by helping them find housing, funds for housing and treatment.
Her hobby is creating goods for her small business named after her cat: “Bossy And The Butterfly.” Using only all-natural ingredients, she handmakes candles, wax melts, lip scrubs, body scrubs, bath salts, smudge sticks, perfume oils, tea and potpourri.
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.