Laurie & Alyssa are a mother daughter duo who foster kittens and cats for Lowell Humane Society, along with Laurie’s husband and son who also play a vital role in socializing the little kittens who funnel through their home. Alyssa also volunteers weekly, walking dogs and working on behavior plans with some of the more challenging canine residents, to prepare them for adoptive homes.
What motivated you to become a volunteer?
Laurie: I have always had a love for animals but it was my daughter Alyssa who motivated me to take action about 2 years ago. She has been an active volunteer at the Lowell Humane Society, starting out first in their Teens Helping Pets program and progressing to a yellow dog walker.
Alyssa: I’ve been volunteering for about 2 and a half years. I’m motivated to continue my work with LHS because I love animals and want to help make their time at the shelter less stressful.
Do you have any pets at home?
We currently have 3 cats, 2 rabbits, a gecko, and one foster kitten (who we suspect is soon to be a “foster failure”- they just can’t give the sweet guy up!)
What has been your favorite experience/moment so far with Lowell Humane?
Laurie: I love the animals and it’s great to help them. I’ve fostered kittens whose mother was feral. Knowing these kittens will have a better life and not live in the wild makes me feel good about helping them. These kittens typically require bottle feeding which is quite a bonding experience too.
Alyssa: My favorite experience with LHS is going on the woods walks with the dogs. I think it’s good for them to get away from the stress of the shelter once in a while and it’s always interesting to see how differently they act.
If you could tell people one thing about Lowell Humane Society, what would it be?
Laurie: I would tell them about the phenomenal people at Lowell Humane Society. I think animal lovers are a special group of people who are caring and giving (if I may generalize). The people at LHS put a tremendous amount of time and effort running fundraisers, training, and many other programs all to help the animals. Also, I never knew how quickly animals in a shelter turn over. I think the staff does a great job matching pets to their forever families. I think the great people at LHS are why the pets that come from there are so great.
Alyssa: Everyone here puts a lot of work into caring for the individual needs of each animal, whether they’re injured, have health issues, or have difficulty adjusting to shelter life.
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