I have two daughters. My older daughter is 30 years old and is an assistant nurse manager down at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. My younger daughter is 28 and is a business development specialist for a small company. My oldest daughter has a golden doodle named Harper and my younger daughter has a black lab named Jersey and a yellow lab named Mango. I love all animals. I have had many dogs and cats over the years. In April of 2020, I rescued 2 sisters from Hart2Hart and then April of 2022, I fostered an orange tabby for Hart2Heart and kept her. I love spending my working day with my kitties.
Why do you choose to volunteer?
I choose to volunteer because I love animals. I especially love dogs and cats and love having them as part of my family. I know animals need love and attention in order to be able to thrive. I love helping and caring for them. It is a great feeling knowing that I am a small part in helping them find their forever home.
What made you choose Hart 2 Heart Animal Rescue?
Well, it just so happens that I was looking for a new cat in 2020 because I knew my current cat was sick with cancer and wasn’t going to be around much longer. Did not want to be without a cat. I happened to look on PetFinder.com and one of the cats I was interested in getting information about was part of the Hart 2 Heart Rescue. Sharon had emailed me and we went back and forth about a few cats. I ended up adopting my sister siblings and couldn’t be happier. I stayed in touch with Sharon and asked how maybe I could help out with the Rescue because I had such a great experience. At that time there was a need to help at the Pets Supply Plus store in Southampton and I love going and helping the cats there. The staff there is amazing too.
Is there a moment or memory that stands out from your time here?
I love when we have different fundraisers and volunteers get together and meet and see each other and connect. Everyone is so nice and friendly. I have made some great new friends. I feel we are all part of a big family, with big hearts and all work to together for the same common cause.
What have you learned about yourself and/or about others through volunteering with Hart 2 Heart?
I have learned that there are so many good people out there who volunteer. My heart feels so full by volunteering. I love meeting and talking to people and this is a great way to do it. I love helping our cats and Rescue. It’s such a great feeling knowing I am doing something so worthy and helpful.
What has been the biggest surprise about volunteering with Hart 2 Heart?
I never realized that there was so many cats and kittens out there that need our help. I can’t believe how many cats are abandoned and mistreated.
If you could encourage someone else to volunteer at our Rescue, what would you say?
I would tell them it is such a great and satisfying feeling helping our cats and Rescue. You can volunteer and help as little or as much as you want. It is not hard to do and makes such a big difference, please come join us!
Anything else you want to share about volunteering with Hart 2 Heart?
Volunteering and seeing the cats go to forever homes is such a gratifying experience. I am so happy to be involved with Hart 2 Heart!!