Photo of SPCA Volunteer Cathy Pitts!
For December 2022, the SPCA would like to recognize volunteer Cathy Pitts. Cathy has been on the volunteer team for almost 3 years helping with cleaning/feeding cat enclosures, walking dogs, attending adoption events, and more. Cathy brings warmth and dedication when she helps provide for the shelter animals’ daily needs and also assists visitors. She is a tremendous advocate for Aiken’s animals in need “Watching as someone finds the cat or dog that is the best for them is so heartwarming,” Cathy explains. Some adoptions have brought happy tears to her eyes.
Finding a loving home for every adoptable animal is the goal, so Cathy wants you to know about shelter cats Babie and Oliver. These two senior felines are bonded to each, so they would need to be adopted by the same family. As a volunteer, Cathy spends time with the shelter animals to support their behavioral, mental, and physical needs, so she gets to know some of the animals’ personalities. Babie has an outgoing personality, whereas Oliver is shyer when first meeting someone new. “I have enjoyed coaxing Oliver out of his shell, and he has rewarded me with the sweetest cuddles and head-butts! Using a soft, gentle voice (and treats) has been the ticket for Oliver.”
In dog adoption, Cathy also walks the shelter dogs. She has been spending time with Emmerich, who has a beautiful brindle coat and whose pastime is washing the windows with his big tongue. Cathy has observed how Emmerich is responsive to basic commands and makes great eye contact with his handler. He is also a stellar leash-walker, and Cathy enjoys his leisurely stride.
The SPCA Albrecht Center cannot thank you enough, Cathy! Without your ongoing passion for the animals, the shelter couldn’t achieve our mission of helping the lost, homeless, abused, and neglected companion animals. If you’d like to join Cathy as part of the volunteer team, please visit us at 199 Willow Run Rd or reach out to the Director of Volunteer & Foster Services, Kami Vogel, at [email protected]