I started at Lort Smith in September of last year, and I volunteer in the laundry, as well as Back of House cattery.
When I first start my shift I check who needs what as I walk down from the lockers to the laundry. I then make sure all the machines are on before start loading up the towels and doing the washing.
If I’m working in Back of House cattery I stick my head in to see who is new, then it’s cleaning of kitty trays, bowls and toys along with general cleaning and helping staff when needed. Then comes the pleasure of spending time with the gorgeous kittens and cats. Thankfully one of the volunteers I work with reminds me not to bring any more cats back home with me, as instructed by my husband!
At home we have a few fur babies – an 11-year-old whippet called Zeb, a senior fluffy cat called Cheeky, a one-year-old cat called Mittens, and three fish, who all belong to me!
The best thing about volunteering at Lort Smith is to see the length that the staff and volunteers go to in ensuring an animal’s welfare, whether they are big or small, old or new, and the care they are given. Not to forget holding a purring kitten in your arms has its moments! I especially love to hear about the animals who have been up for adoption for a long time find a well-deserved home.
When I’m not volunteering with Lort Smith I enjoy reading, walking with my dog, practising qigong, going to the beach, and seeing family and friends.