Let's face it. There are so many cats in need that if we didn't have volunteers helping us, we could never accomplish helping the kitties at Furry Friends, which is a no-kill, all volunteer cat adoption agency in Vancouver, WA. It's so inspiring knowing that each of the kitties in our care has so many heroes working to help them find a better life and a permanent home. Today we want to shine the spotlight Cindy Mael. Here is an interview that we did with her.
Name: Cindy Mael
Employment: Self-employed medical transcriptionist.
Organization I volunteer with: Furry Friends
How I got involved: My husband and I saw Furry Friends at Esther Short Park back around 2008 and adopted a cat. From there I became a volunteer, cleaning the Halfway House. I also started doing pet visitations at nursing homes.
My proudest moment: When doing visitations, it was really fun to see the faces of the residents when they saw a cat. Also, I devised a wheeled walker (and then a stroller) to carry the cats from room to room. The people loved seeing the cat in the stroller.
What are some of your other interests? Hobbies include sewing, playing the piano, crossword puzzles and reading. I’m also a member of a Kiwanis club, and volunteer with the quilt group and library committee at St. John Lutheran Church in Vancouver. One of my favorite things is lunch with friends.
Anything else you would like to add? I’ve been with Furry Friends for about 8 years. We have one cat that we adopted from Furry Friends, and she’s a lot of fun. I clean the Halfway House where the adult cats are housed one morning a week. I have worked the cat adoption events at PetSmart in Hazel Dell and other locations. I have also enjoyed being involved in visitations at care facilities. Bringing a cat to one of these places brings so much joy to the residents. Since I went back to work, I’ve had to limit my volunteer activities.
About Furry Friends
Furry Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill organization that rescues and adopts out homeless, relinquished, and abused cats in Clark County, Washington. They care for the kitties as long as it takes to find their forever home. They are an all-volunteer organization; there is no paid staff.