Right after graduating from college, Alanna knew she wanted to work with animals. So, after flipping through the local newspaper one morning, she applied to an advertisement from a local shelter looking for volunteers. 2 1/2 years later she was asked by the director to to be the manager - and she said yes!
The organization that hired this young and inspired cat lover was Feline Friends. Alanna works with the organization to this day!
When I asked Alanna what stands out about Feline Friends, here is what she said:
"What is different about Feline Friends is that we typically take in adult cats that nobody else wants, or that other organizations can't handle...We take on these kitties and their issues and work on rehabilitating them. Our hope is that one day they will be 'adoptable'. That being said, if they are never adopted they will always have a safe, loving and low-stress environment to live in."
I personally love older animals. Puppies and kittens are SO cute - and I'd like to take them all home - but there is something to be said about an older animal that just wants to lounge around and be loved. (It also makes escaping my non-stop kisses and cuddles much tougher!)
Moving along... I asked Alanna if there was a cat that really impacted her. She said yes, and his name was Oscar (pictured above).
"Oscar was one of the first cats I took in. He was a 13 year old, declawed, male cat who couldn't tolerate being caged and he wasn't a fan of people. He had been a bit of a loner cat who lived with his person until he died. It was heart breaking because you knew he had no idea what was going on. I took him to Feline Friends and, after some behavior work and modification, he grew to love living at Feline Friends among the other cats and volunteers. About one year after he came to us he was diagnosed with kidney failure. We managed his condition for a little over two years, but then it was time to say goodbye to the old soul we called Oscar. Saying goodbye was one of the hardest things I had to do...but I was at peace with it because if it wasn't for Feline Friends his life would have been cut short."
RIP Oscar. You were very loved.