Collaboration is key to any great partnership and that goes for our volunteer relationships as well! Julie Brown started with CatPAWS in 2016 which brought her and her teenage daughter together for weekly shifts at the Petsmart Cat Center. Getting to hold, care for, and spend time with precious kittens was one of the highlights of her week. “Some of our best mother & daughter times together were doing our weekly volunteer hours,” says the mother of 4. While the busy family of 6 never had cats while the children grew up, Julie and her daughter Emily always loved them, and this was a great way to give back to the community together.
Julie has been an active participant at our Sunrise Community Center Kitten events, has now begun fostering, and keeps her weekly shift at the Cat Center while Emily is finishing her senior year in high school. Her passion for the organization and its success is apparent from the moment you meet her. While COVID has certainly impacted in-person functions, Julie is proud of the work that CatPAWS continues to do. “Our volunteers and our outreach that help continue to educate and assist our community is something I’m really proud of. We’ve had a record year and it’s because of our volunteer dedication that we’ve been able to break records,” notes Julie.