Staff and volunteers of the Elmbrook Humane Society will be blogging about what's going on at the society, as well as other observations about life in Wisconsin.
The mission of the Elmbrook Humane Society is to promote the human-animal bond through adoption and education, to provide shelter to homeless animals, and to prevent animal cruelty and neglect. EBHS services the city of Brookfield, the villages of Butler, Chenequa, Elm Grove and Nashotah, and the towns of Brookfield and Delafield. EBHS shelters unwanted pets and strays, and rescues injured domestic animals and wildlife, provides resources for individuals with companion animals and provides Humane Education to schools and civic groups.
Visit our web site at www.EBHS.org.
Hello my name is Bryan and I volunteer with EBHS (Elmbrook Humane Society) as a Cat Socializer at the PetSmart in Greenfield. I am one of a few EBHS volunteers who will be providing blogs on various topics related to EBHS, volunteering in general, and working with the different types of animals. I have been a volunteer at the Greenfield PetSmart for over 3 years and love working with the staff and EBHS volunteers.
EBHS likes to provide a volunteer for each night of the week between 5 and 9 pm to clean the cages and let the cats out for some much-needed play time. My night for volunteering is Monday, although I often stop by just to check on the cats or to fill in for a volunteer who cannot work their shift.
When I arrive, I check in with the shift manager to get the keys for the adoption area. First, I like to observe the cats for a minute to see if any might be sick. Then I check for any new arrivals and read their health reports and personality profile through the “Meet Your Match” program. I let each cat out of its cage (one at a time) and fill up their food bowls and provide fresh water. I also change the litter if needed.
Then my favorite part: I play with and cuddle the kitties! Each cat has his or her own personality. Some like to cuddle, some just want to play, some want a little of both. Some cats are very shy and don’t want to come out, so I try to pet them in their cage so they get some love. My goal is that each cat gets at least 15 minutes of playtime/attention.
When each of the cats has had their cage cleaned, I sweep the floor and take the trash out. Then I sign out and return the keys back to the shift manager.
I love working with cats in general. Specifically, I can say the cats EBHS brings us are adoption-ready. They are affectionate, fun-loving and love being around people. Having volunteered with other organizations, I can say that EBHS does a great job of placing cats for adoption that have great personalities and are the cat’s meow!
On behalf of my fellow bloggers, I would like to welcome you the reader and hope that you enjoy reading these blogs as much as we enjoy writing them!