Volunteering in any form is one of the most unique traits an individual can have – especially when working within animal welfare. Our volunteers maintain our shelter, life saving programs, and projects 24/7, and they all have one thing in common: they do it all for the kitties. For this year’s Volunteer Appreciation Week, we’d like to recognize a few of our volunteers that have gone above & beyond with their service as well as their care and compassion for the kitties.
Meet Zully Macy, from Bakersfield, CA who tells us what she loves most about her experience as a volunteer at the SOXrescue Cat Shelter. Zully has been volunteering with the organization since November of 2016 with her Two daughters: Zully & Christine. Since their first day working with SOXrescue, Zully has volunteered more than 100 hours with the kitties, and a combined total of almost 300 as a family. They contribute to the kitties in various ways: Neonate Kitten Techs, Facility Care & Maintenance, Foster Guardian, Administrative Assistance as well as Event Support. With her combined hours and additional training, Zully is currently a Senior Volunteer & Neonate Kitten Tech.
What made you want to volunteer with SOXrescue and return so many times throughout the year?
I love cats! I’ve been wanting to help for quite some time, and I’ve wanted to get my daughters involved so they can learn about supporting the community and caring for animals. There’s not many organizations that do what SOX does and we wanted to be apart of it.
When you volunteered with SOXrescue, what was your job?
Have fun with the kitties, keep them safe and healthy as well as keep the facility clean and tidy. I eventually would like to step into more administrative projects.
Which volunteer project or task would you say is your favorite?
Playing with the kitties, that’d definitely be my favorite. And, petting them of course.
Why is volunteering important to you?
It gets me out of my daily routine, and it gives me the chance to give back to the community. And, I get to meet new people.
Which volunteer moments were your favorites?
Working with the neonates – feeding the babies. I’m not gonna lie, it was a little scary but I love it and I look forward to learning more within the nursery.
Was there a favorite kitty you met or worked with while volunteering?
Yes – Lucy. And then it was Locky, he was one of my favorites.
What’s the most rewarding part of volunteering with the kitties for you?
I like to think that I’m making a difference, even if it’s just coming in for a bit and helping out at the shelter.
What’s the most difficult part?
It’s has to be watching the kitties not pulling through or experiencing the kitties that come in who are abused, hurt… I’ve been there when some of the really bad cases came in and it was tough to see – I wish I could save all the kitties.
Is there anything else you’d like to add about your volunteer experience with SOXrescue?
I just feel very luck to be given the opportunity to help out the kitties and that I’m looking forward to what’s next within the organization because I know there’s going to be more, and I want to do more.
If you’d like to volunteer with SOXrescue and join our mission to Save the Kitties, visit soxrescue.org/volunteer.html and fill out & submit our Volunteer Application. We look forward to working alongside you.