posted 6 years ago
In the spring of 1998 my teen daughter and I drove out to the Humane Society of the Nature Coast to inquire about bringing some wild cats we had roaming in our neighborhood in for adoption...three hours later we left the facility awed and forever changed in our beliefs at what a shelter should and could be. The people at the Society of the Nature Coast actually cared what happens to animals they have on their premises whether they are there for a short stay or for years. As a dog lover, I was never one who cared too much for cats but Nature Coast changed me forever. I was amazed at the knowledge of the *cat lady* and the cleanliness of their *cat house.* They had a small bungalow which was cozy and an immaculate habitat for a variety of cats who existed in happy harmony. Some cats had been their briefly others for a long time but each had a story and a name and a history! The staff knew these animals!! The dogs were bright-eyed and active, healthy with tails wagging...even the shy ones had a gentle tail wag when a staff member would speak to them...you could tell quite easily all of these animals felt safe and secure. Too make a very long story short my daughter ended up volunteering at the humane society until she left for college. She experienced the *behind the scenes operation* of the shelter and ended up REALLY knowing the caring people who give so much each and every day. She would come home daily with a variety of stories of what she had experienced. She learned a great deal from each person connected to the shelter. Everyone she came in contact with, whether it was the director of the shelter or the veternarians who assisted the staff were caring, and knowlegable about the needs of all of their *furry* residents! She loved her job whether it was scouring and cleaning, feeding the animals or making sure each resident of the cat house had exactly what was needed. Eventually she began accompanying staff as they visited schools and organizations to promote the shelter. I truly believe what she experienced by working with the kind and loving people at the shelter helped her in life. I know our lives were enriched by meeting and knowing the wonderful staff and volunteers at Nature Coast. By the way we ended up keeping ALL the cats we were originally going to turn in to the shelter! They were taken from the streets and given residence in our home and one by one became a part of our family!
Pros: Enthusiastic and caring staff
Cons: Too little room for so many animals in need
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