Making connections

By Katharine Swan On Friday, February 06, 2009 At 7:05 PM

One of the things I really about writing is the opportunity to make connections with the people I interview for articles.

Last month I interviewed several people at local charities for an article about how the economy is affecting their organizations. (The issue went to press yesterday — I'll post with the clip soon!) One of the articles was a no-kill cat shelter called the Cat Care Society.

Afterward I told my mom about the shelter (we're a family of animal lovers), and today she and I went up there to donate clothes to their thrift store and visit with the cats. While we were there we fell in love with Ulysses, a big, beautiful 2-year-old who was recently rescued from a feral cat colony.

Cat available for adoption at the Cat Care Society

Apparently Ulysses was pretty anxious in receiving, so when we were visiting today he was in a cage, even though the shelter is normally cage-free. I guess I would be upset too, if I'd just been neutered and was still recovering from a bad case of skin mites.

Today however he seemed eager for attention. We asked about him, and they opened the cage so that he could come out. He obviously felt a little less secure outside of his cage, and yowled at us if we touched any of the sensitive areas on his back. Then he discovered a little catnip toy, and forgot all about being scared or sore!

Isn't he adorable? Makes me wish we didn't have a full house (two cats, two dogs) already.

As we were leaving, we saw the director, whom I had interviewed for my article. She recognized me right off, and we chatted for a few minutes. My mom is talking about volunteering there, and I've offered to donate writing services if they ever have need of them. I feel very fortunate to have made this contact and gotten involved with such a genuinely happy shelter!


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Anonymous Anonymous Says:  

Trust me, three cats isn't more work than two cats. It'll be worth it to add him to the family.

Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

We really couldn't do it. We have an 800-square foot house and four pets already, two of those being big (85-pound) dogs. Trust me, when I say we've got a full house already, I mean it. :o(

Blogger Rosetta Says:  

is the animal shelter Wild Blue? Because I volenteer there and we just got a cat named Ulyses and I swear he is the same cat as this! It is sort of hard to tell for me because he is currently shaved and our Ulyses appears blind- althoguh he isn't fully. But our Ulyses is also sensitive on his back area. I swear this is the same cat.

Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

Rosetta, the shelter was Cat Care Society in Lakewood, Colorado. I've never heard of Wild Blue, so I don't know where you are located. This cat was sensitive on his back because he'd just been brought in a few days before and was still recovering from a bad case of skin mites, and he definitely wasn't blind. Probably not the same cat, but I hope your Ulysses finds a home soon -- I know how hard it can be to place "special needs" animals.


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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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