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…
Thursday May 25th marks one of the largest milestones within SOXrescue – it’s the day that we took our transports to the air.
We had our first successful flight out of Bakersfield Municipal Airport to our Santa Maria Satellite with pilot Al Dilger.
“I’m just happy to be able to help save more kitties from being euthanized and find a home,” said Dilger.
After weeks of planning and coordinating, we were able to get all the pieces in order: Transfer from County; Intake processing; Receiving at Satellite’s Airport; and the Flight Plan.
Taking our transports to the skies has opened up many more opportunities for SOXrescue, some being the expansion of our reach throughout California: Fresno, Santa Clarita, and Antelope Valley are currently in development for new satellite centers and more are in planning.
This satellite expansion will be able to nearly double our current adoption rates (currently: 9 adoptions for every 5 days).
Doubling the adoption rates also means doubling our impact in lowering the euthanasia rate in Kern County. To put this into perspective, 70-75% of our intake is from municipal shelters; 15% is surrendered; and 10% is abandoned at our center.
Save the Kitties
The 2017 Kitten Shower was a hit! Around One hundred members from the community visited our kitten nursery as well made supply donations to help us make it through the season.
Our nursery was able to raise over $1,250 in funds and an estimated $2,000 of in-kind donations.
In addition to all the wonderful support that was given by the community, we were also able to find homes for Five little furr balls. FYI – even though the shower is over, we still have a few kittens available through our foster-to-adopt program. *Adoptions still come with a “Kitty Swag Bag” from Purina full of toys, litter, food, and more.
The event wouldn’t have been complete without our nursery staff taking in a few kittens that some people thought would be okay to leave behind (without permission). Fortunately our neonate staff was ready and trained for this and were able to rush a litter to the emergency veterinarian, run intake for a few who immediately went into foster care, and take a few critical care ones into the nursery.
All of the behind the scenes work went on while our amazing Development and Event staff keep the party rolling – they’re also the masterminds behind all the amazing events we have.
For those of you that came down that day and those who wanted to and still supported our kitties some way some how, Thank You! You’re all amazing and beautiful people, not just for supporting our organization, but for standing along side us as we work late nights, long hours, and infinite amount of days so that we can Save the Kitties.
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.
Save the Kitties
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