In a weeks time, on November 1st, I will be on my way to Louisiana for my volunteer commitment with Alley Cat Allies. It has not fully hit me yet, but as the days count down, I find myself gearing up for the busy time ahead. I feel so excited, and yes, a little anxious, but just the thought of being able to bring relief to the animals over there fills me with happiness.
All volunteers must be totally self-sufficient, and conditions are essentially like camping, so I have already packed up my tent, sleeping bag and day pack. Thankfully, food is provided and luckily it’s perfect for me: freeze-dried vegetarian and vegan meals! There are also two outdoor showers and two port-a-potties.
I will be the only veterinary technician there and have been assured that I will be kept very busy in their clinic. A supervising veterinarian will be there a few hours a day, but for the most part, I, along with a couple other volunteers, will be the one tending to the animals daily health needs. Honestly it’s a little overwhelming, but I am most certainly up for the challenge!
To get an idea of the animals I will be treating, please read this story of Alley Cat Allies most recent rescue AND reunion: The Pontchartrain Boulevard Rescue – nearly a month after the hurricanes, rescuers are still finding survivors in houses confirmed to have pets.
As I am leaving soon, this may be your last opportunity to help me in my effort to end suffering for the animals left behind in the Hurricane Katrina and Rita disaster areas. I am still accepting donations through PayPal, just click on the donation button to the left. And thank you!