Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"Fall" into Volunteering!

Wake us up when the new volunteers get here!

How was your summer? We hope it was great! Here at BCC, the dog days brought plenty of cats and kittens in need of loving homes. The season also meant greater availability from our volunteers, which gave us solid proof that more hours open to the public equal more adoptions.

As you may already know, our regular “open-to-the-public” hours are Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Well, for three weeks over the summer -- thanks to a few of our wonderful volunteers -- we were able to open Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons as well. This meant that the cats were available to be petted, played with, and generally befriended by prospective adopters, many of whom ended up providing a cat (or cats) with forever homes. As a matter of fact, during BCC's extra summer hours, the adoption rate increased by approximately 6 cats per week -- that's 18 more adoptions than during a typical week of Saturday-only hours! Unadopted cats also benefit, since meeting and playing with new people makes them better candidates next time around.

While autumn brings with it holidays and busier schedules, it also heralds an opportunity for change and growth. Would you be willing to devote a bit of your spare time to help cats in need? Our goal is to be able to open to the public for at least one additional day or evening per week, but we'll need additional team members to do it! Volunteers pitch in with tasks including facility cleanup, feeding and health maintenance, paperwork, and socialization (in the form of playing, petting and anything else the kitties need to become more adoptable). There's something for any compassionate adult who has a little time to commit and a lot of love to give.

Ready to learn more about how you can make a difference? Just drop by Branford Compassion Club (2030 Foxon Rd., North Branford) any Saturday between 11 and 3 to meet our cats and volunteers. You'll get a sense of what we do, how we do it, and whether it's something you'd like to do, too. Visit our Facebook page anytime to download an application and check out the latest photos of our gorgeous cats and kittens.

We hope to see you soon!

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