Volunteer Spotlight: Rachel

Did you know that Ten Lives Cat Rescue is run entirely by volunteers? We currently have over 100 volunteers in various roles helping us achieve our mission—to save homeless, abused, and abandoned cats by providing veterinary care, rehabilitation services, and then placing them into loving adoptive homes.

Rachel has been volunteering with Ten Lives since 2020, and she has played a crucial role with our rescue since then! She is our Petco Coordinator, an events volunteer, and the occasional cat trapper as part of our Community Cats efforts. We truly appreciate everything Rachel does, and we are grateful she chose to volunteer with our rescue!

Rachel has one resident cat – a six-year-old male tabby named Toby.

1. How did you originally hear about us, and what made you decide to become a volunteer?
Rachel's cat, Toby

I knew Melissa (Ten Lives’ Executive Director) prior to her Ten Lives days, and loved following her journey as she created and grew the rescue. I decided to finally become a volunteer during the pandemic, when I had more time on my hands after my full-time job switched to a remote role. The hardships of the pandemic also made me realize I wanted to do more with my life and give back to a community I care about.

2. What is your favorite story or memory while volunteering with us?

Learning to trap cats for our Community Cats program has been quite the adventure!

3. What have you learned during your time as a volunteer?

That cat-people are the best!

4. What do you wish other people knew about us?

That we’re a part of Amazon Smile!

5. What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?

I keep busy with my office job (I’m a financial writer). I also make wreaths and felt goods, selling products at local craft fairs and online as RAC Felt and Flowers.

6. How do you think Ten Lives Cat Rescue will change over the next five years?

I believe Ten Lives will continue to grow its amazing base of volunteers. I hope we can expand our partnerships with local business and expand our reach into Massachusetts and other areas of New England.

7. Why should others consider volunteering with us?

You can join an amazing group of people with the same interests, and to help care for cats.

Crafts Rachel created for a Ten Lives event!
One of the first cats Rachel helped trap as part of our Community Cats efforts
8. What have you gained while volunteering with us?

I’ve gained countless friendships since volunteering with Ten Lives, as well as organization skills and increased cat-care knowledge. I’ve also gained a wonderful feeling of purpose and fulfillment.

9. How much of an impact do you feel your volunteer work has had with Ten Lives Cat Rescue?

My volunteering with Ten Lives has helped us raise money for the rescue, gain new volunteers, and aid in the adoption of several cats.

Are you interested in volunteering with Ten Lives Cat Rescue? Read about our open volunteer roles and fill out a Volunteer Application, become a foster, sponsor a Forgotten Feline, and purchase needed supplies through our Wishlist!

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