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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Erin

Erin has volunteered with Heaven Can Wait cat adoptions for 2 years.

Erin has volunteered with Heaven Can Wait cat adoptions for 2 years.

By Colette Hayes

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society relies on a network of volunteers to do a variety of tasks. One volunteer is Erin.  For the last 2 years, Erin has volunteered with cat adoptions at PetSmart.  Erin began her volunteer work with Heaven Can Wait in part because of our beliefs in spaying and neutering and her own passion for animals. Erin says she felt that, “animals needed a voice,” and she wanted to be that voice. Volunteering, Erin says, was also a great way to get away from the stress of her regular job and give to the animals.

Growing up Erin did not have any pets and was not around any, except for her Grandmother’s unfriendly cat.   Erin’s first cat Roxie came to her in an unusual way. Erin had moved into a new apartment and one day heard a noise at her front door. Checking the peep hole, she saw no one, hearing the sound again; she opened the door to discover a big calico cat. Roxie darted into the apartment and Erin surmised that Roxie must have lived with her people in the apartment before Erin moved in. Erin kept Roxie, who sat up like a squirrel and chirped like a bird.   Roxie eventually passed away and Erin has since opened her to home to more cats. Currently, she shares her life with three cats, Little Cat, Bella and Grace.

As part of her volunteer work with cat adoptions, Erin must make sure that the cats and humans are going to be a good match.  Erin says, “We are trying to find the cats their forever home.”

up for adoption

Elaine, HCWS Cat Coordinator says that Erin is, “good at listening.” She is also someone that Elaine can count on to come in on time and be responsible. Although volunteering with cat adoptions offers the opportunity to be around a variety of cats, it does require a real commitment to the animals. To do that, Erin must listen to what potential adoptees are looking for.

“I ask questions,” Erin says. “I have conversations with people and find out how this cat will fit in their lives.” Erin says that she is happy to answer questions people may have and to help them make the right choice. Working with the cats eligible for adoption, Erin gets to know their personalities and can help the potential new owner choose a cat that will fit into their lives.

Erin says it is hard letting the cats go to their new homes, but knows that a forever home is the goal of adoption. “My favorite adoption story is this couple who took several weeks to adopt.” Erin says the husband and wife came in regularly looking at the cats and discussing what cat and its personality would fit into their lives. Eventually the couple, with Erin’s help, picked out two cats to take home and it was a perfect fit.

Hard to resist this beautiful kitty waiting to find a new family.  Adoptions are held Thursday - Sunday in Petsmart 7050 Arroyo Crossing Parkway.

Hard to resist this beautiful kitty waiting to find a new family. Adoptions are held Thursday – Sunday in Petsmart 7050 Arroyo Crossing Parkway.

Once an adoption takes place, HCWS follows up with the new families. “We like to call and find out how things are going,” Erin says. Finding out that cat and person were a good match is a good feeling. Erin says it feels good to know you helped someone make the right choice and a cat got its forever home. “It’s not about me, but about the cat,” Erin says. Matching up cats to people is a rewarding and sometimes challenging task, but it is one that Erin gladly takes on.

Another cutie waiting for a forever family.

Another cutie waiting for a forever family.

Click Here To See The HCWS Cat Ready For Adoption  – Adoptions are held Thursday – Sunday inside PetSmart at 7050 Arroyo Crossing Pkwy.  Arroyo Crossing Center – I-215 and S. Rainbow exit.  Email: cats@hcws.org with questions.

If you are not ready to adopt a cat, but would like to help support the program Click Here.

Learn how to become a volunteer like Erin by completing an application at www.hcws.org

Learn how to become a volunteer like Erin by completing an application at http://www.hcws.org

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