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Thanks to the inspiration of a dear friend with a huge heart and an even bigger love of kitty cats, Mr. Kitty and I have gotten involved with a group that coordinates volunteer-driven transports for rescued kitties. This group is designed to remove the logistical barriers when an adopter falls in love with a kitty whose shelter or foster home is far from the forever home. Coordinators plan a route and then approved volunteers sign up to take short legs of the journey, forming a “love train” to bring each kitty home. Each driver only has to go about 60 miles each way. Occasionally, a volunteer who happens to be flying along a particular route will even escort the cat across the country by plane.
This was my outfit of choice on our most recent transport. We met another volunteer at LAX who had flown the kitty in from the east coast. We then took her on to her next stop on the way to Northern California.
Sometimes we wonder, can’t a person in California find a cat to rescue somewhere closer than Virginia? But the bottom line is, our hearts want what they want, and if spending a couple of hours in the car can help bring incredible happiness to someone, it’s WELL worth the time and gas money.
My mom got involved with volunteerism through her love of dogs (she did Pet Assisted Therapy for several years) and I’m thankful that her experience bestowed in me a love of doing volunteer work. I always wanted to do P.A.T. with our Maine Coons but it’s such a huge time commitment, so when my friend told us about these kitty transports I was delighted to find an animal-related opportunity that fit my schedule. I don’t get to do it as much as I would like to, but each small effort I am able to participate in fills me with a satisfaction that can rarely be beat. Plus, Mr. Kitty does all the driving. 🙂
Do you participate in any kind of volunteer work? In what ways are you passionate about helping others?
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