I’m a Senior Cattery Volunteer – usually in the Hub. I’ve been volunteering at Lort Smith for over four-and-a-half years. Spending time with the animals and seeing the shy ones ‘come out of their shells’ is the best part. The staff and other volunteers are always an absolute delight to work with too. I’m also a big fan of Lort Smith’s Emergency Welfare Assistance program, and the founding principle of providing excellent vetcare regardless of personal circumstances.
I do the morning shift at the Hub, so when I arrive it’s usually straight to saying hello to the cats (and rabbits, if around), cleaning enclosures and doling out breakfast. Then I sweep and mop before the morning meeting, after which it’s time for the dishes. If I’m lucky, then I move onto cat TLC (maybe a quick cuddle of the dogs too), enrichment and assorted tasks assigned by Mandy, a Senior Animal Welfare Officer. If the Hub is full of visitors, I’ll also greet and take them through to the cat rooms.
I think one of my favourite experiences at Lort Smith was with an eight-month-old black-and-white kitten called Midori, who spent what seemed like weeks waiting to be adopted. He was cute as a button but would always bite when we’d hang out with him. Gradually, though, as he got used to people and a taste for pats, you could get away with only one bite (followed quickly by a lick)! He also loved the cat tunnels too.
At home I have an 11-year-old British shorthair called Levon. I adopted him six years ago and he is the light of my life. His hobbies include eating cat grass, watching the sun set and terrorising my partner. He has endless patience for cuddles and zero tolerance for closed doors. He is also a loud and effective alarm clock in the mornings (breakfast time).
When not at Lort Smith I’m either at work, hanging out with Levon or begging friends to go to karaoke.