Not too long ago we put out a call for cat cuddlers willing to work with our more shy cats. The SAME DAY we had at least 4 people come in wanting to help socialize some of our shy cats. Thus far almost everyone who has come in wanting to help our shy cats has been so kind and patient with our kids that are a little more on the nervous side. We have a small staff at the shelter, so sometimes it is hard to find time to do the extra socializing we want to do with all the needed care for our critters. It has been so amazing that we have had so many awesome volunteers willing to help. On the surface it might not look like these volunteers are doing much sitting in the cat room reading or just hanging out, but they really have helped a lot of our cats come out of their shells. At one point Derek Sanders would sit in his kennel and shake whenever anyone opened his kennel door. Now he will accept pets and even purr! We often catch him playing with toys and as funny as it sounds acting like a real cat again. I just wanted to give a heartfelt thank you to all the people who have showed kindness and patience to the cats I love so much. Seeing them come out of their shells so much has really warmed my heart, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate people taking the time to help our cats. To everyone who has patiently layed on the floor wiggling their fingers or offering their hand to a shy cat or just spending some quiet time in the cat rooms showing them that people aren’t so bad, thank you. We’re constantly amazed by how incredible of a community we have supporting us, and this is one of the many reasons why I am so happy to have spent the last decade working at CCHS.