One of the things I really about writing is the opportunity to make connections with the people I interview for articles.
Last month I interviewed several people at local charities for an article about how the economy is affecting their organizations. (The issue went to press yesterday — I'll post with the clip soon!) One of the articles was a no-kill cat shelter called the Cat Care Society.
Afterward I told my mom about the shelter (we're a family of animal lovers), and today she and I went up there to donate clothes to their thrift store and visit with the cats. While we were there we fell in love with Ulysses, a big, beautiful 2-year-old who was recently rescued from a feral cat colony.
Apparently Ulysses was pretty anxious in receiving, so when we were visiting today he was in a cage, even though the shelter is normally cage-free. I guess I would be upset too, if I'd just been neutered and was still recovering from a bad case of skin mites.
Today however he seemed eager for attention. We asked about him, and they opened the cage so that he could come out. He obviously felt a little less secure outside of his cage, and yowled at us if we touched any of the sensitive areas on his back. Then he discovered a little catnip toy, and forgot all about being scared or sore!
Isn't he adorable? Makes me wish we didn't have a full house (two cats, two dogs) already.
As we were leaving, we saw the director, whom I had interviewed for my article. She recognized me right off, and we chatted for a few minutes. My mom is talking about volunteering there, and I've offered to donate writing services if they ever have need of them. I feel very fortunate to have made this contact and gotten involved with such a genuinely happy shelter!