Here in Canada, we are celebrating National Volunteer Week, to recognize the invaluable contributions of our volunteers — without them, Cat Busters simply cannot exist — and to raise awareness and interest in volunteering.
There are innumerable ways in which people can help us help our rescues. The hardest jobs are also the most rewarding, such as rescuing, fostering or fundraising. Yet we mean it when we say that no job is too small to make a difference. When the entire endeavor depends on people pitching in — whether it’s with one mouse click to Share our Facebook posts, one dollar donated toward our cause, or one hour of your free time — it becomes immediately apparent how important each and every gesture makes up the larger whole. It becomes part of a movement to save the lives of literally hundreds of animals. With your help, perhaps we can even reach thousands.
For National Volunteer Week 2017, we would like to shine a spotlight on one of our most recent recruits, Jan Maitland.
Are there any cats in your household?
I am owned by two cats.
How did you hear about Cat Busters Animal Rescue?
I heard about Cat Busters from [the CEO,] Adrienne. I live in the same complex as Mary Anne [Morrison, CFO].
What prompted you to get involved?
Adrienne was leaving from Mary Anne’s place with a cat in a cat carrier. I stopped her to ask her about her cat. She told me about Cat Busters and told me that they were looking for volunteers. We exchanged numbers as I said I was interested in being a volunteer, as I am a cat lover. Adrienne gave me Diane [Patterson, COO]’s number as she was a lot closer to me than she was. We set up a time and I came and met the cats.
Have you volunteered for non-profits before?
I am currently volunteering with a non-profit organization where I used to work. I have learned that both people and cats are individuals and need different approaches. That lesson was reinforced by where I worked before I retired.
What do you do as a volunteer?
I play with and socialize with the cats. I also give them treats which they enjoy and helps me get to know them.
How do you balance your time between volunteering and other priorities?
I am retired so I have more time available. I still see friends and go to appointments.
What would you like other prospective volunteers to know about Cat Busters?
Cats are lovingly treated and given lots of attention.
When adopted they can still be in contact with Cat Busters and if it is not a good match they can exchange for a different cat. If it is wonderful match, they can also let Cat Busters know.
If someone wants a cat, they can pick a cat, pay the adoption fee and get the cat later. Cats get medical attention and won’t be adopted until healthy.
Volunteers are given advice about dealing with cats. All they would need to do is ask. Often Diane comes into the room to do cleaning etc. and is available for consultation. It gave me an opportunity to get to know a good number of cats and I really enjoy that. Diane and I get along well and each likes how the other one treats the cats.