What do you do?
Where do you work and what is your title?
I help run a non-profit organization on the Westside called Happy Cats Haven, a small rescue and adoption center for homeless cats and kittens. I'm the board president.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
We're a working group (board), so I do everything from socializing to promotion to website design to scooping litter boxes. Once in a while I get a chance to just sit with the cats and have some purr therapy.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
I've been in animal rescue for about seven years. Happy Cats Haven opened on the Westside in 2011. Excepting a couple of years near downtown, I've lived on the Westside or in Manitou since 1987.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
Shelters are especially hard on cats, who become very afraid when everything they know and love is taken away from them. We work hard to help them regain their trust in humans. It's so rewarding to take fearful or shy cats and kittens, help recover their loving, happy selves, and match them with a family who will appreciate them for the rest of their lives.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
I wear a lot of hats right now. I would like to find others who are committed to animal welfare to share some of those tasks to keep improving life for felines in our region.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
I'm a recovering librarian, so... most of it, except management and web design! I was already skilled in scooping litter boxes.
What makes working on the Westside special?
I love the diversity and lack of pretense. I've lived in a big city and small towns and find this to be the perfect balance of small town warmth and big city amenities.
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