What Our Volunteers Say
I volunteer at Shelter to Home because they are an animal rescue that will leave no cat or dog behind. No matter how desperate the animal’s situation, they will strive to heal them with excellent veterinary care and recovery time in a foster home where they receive unconditional love until the day they are ready for adoption.
There are many volunteer opportunities available at STH. Volunteers are matched with “jobs” using their skills and interests. Friendships are forged based on the common bond of helping animals. There is teamwork that makes things happen that could otherwise not be accomplished.
The STH Board of Directors are persons of integrity and vision, always seeking new ways to improve and save the lives of shelter animals. They show respect and appreciation for all STH volunteers.
To paraphrase James Herriot,
“Creatures great and small,
Shelter to Home Rescue loves them all.”
Al and I are committed and supportive in our Volunteering for STH because of its Core Mission. We know first hand what can be done with an animal that seems unrecoverable or without “Hope” in a very dire Shelter environment. STH takes animals from devastating situations and sees the “potential “ in each Rescue that others looking at that same animal do not see.
“You never Soar so high as when you stoop down to help a child or an animal.”
– Jewish Proverb
Shelter to Home is an awesome and unique organization. I am so proud to be a volunteer. It’s been very rewarding for me to have been a part of so many furry ones’ journeys in finding their forever homes… especially the shy kitties!
The first time we encountered STH was several years back at one of the Santa Paws events. We thought it was a really wonderful concept, rescuing homeless cats from shelters, and giving them the run of a big, old house (behavior permitting) allowing them the freedom to interact with each other and with the STH volunteers and potential adopters in a comfortable, homelike setting. So much better than a cage at either a shelter or pet store! Since organizations like this only survive financially by donations, and physically by the work of volunteers, we decided to become volunteers & do what we could to help this operation continue & grow. We both love cats, always have, and every time we see or hear of a cat being adopted by someone who will (we hope) love and care for them, it gives us a really good feeling. Sometimes a bit of sadness too, as all of us volunteers will form bonds with this kitty or that one…but overall, definitely a worthwhile endeavor by a lot of dedicated folks!
A little bit of Heaven
A little bit of Hell
Anyone who visits the PAC will admit, I think, to witnessing a little bit of Heaven….. healthy, happy, (yes, sometimes shy) kitties interacting with humans in a beautiful, safe haven eagerly hoping to find their forever home, their one family, their own person. Sometimes to get to this point we (STH) may, unfortunately, first witness a version of Hell…. injuries, illnesses, abuse, neglect, abandonment.
STH sees the need, heeds the call, and rushes in…. rescues, loves, heals, saves…. giving a second chance for love and life to helpless, voiceless animals.
No expense or sacrifice is spared… monetary, emotional, nor physical.
Tears are shed, hearts ache (sometimes break), sleep is lost.
But STH hearts are large and energy and love unending.
All that needs to be done and given IS…. selflessly. Not for recognition, not for a pat on the back, but strictly, solely for the animal in need.
I volunteer at STH for these and so many other reasons, but simply and briefly put…. if one loves animals, as I do, if one wants to help animals, as I do, if one loves seeing animals happy, as I do, I think one cannot help but love STH and what it does, as I do.
Thank you, STH.