Matthew, Mathias, Maylina Hudock and Joyce Hibbs
Volunteering is all in the family for these wonderful ADL volunteers. You will find Matthew, Mathias, Maylina Hudock and Joyce Hibbs just about every Sunday morning in the cattery.
“We love cats and thought this would be a good way to spend family time together and help out a good cause.”
They spend about an hour in the adult cat room petting and playing with the cats. After that it’s kitty time, where the family works on petting and socializing the kittens. All of this helps get the cats and kittens ready for their new homes.
“Our favorite stories involve cats that came into the shelter being extremely shy/unsocialized. By working with them, we were able to watch them blossom and grow and finally get adopted.”
In addition to their volunteer work, this family stays busy at school! Matthew is a Professor of Mathematics at St. Philip’s College and Joyce is a retired Professor of Mathematics also from St. Philip’s College. Mathias is a student at the School of Science and Technology. Maylina goes to Alamo Heights Junior School. They say volunteering is a good way to take a break.
“It always useful to have some down time once a week where everyone is unplugged and actively participating in petting and playing with the cats. It is a nice family activity that we can all do together and we all enjoy so much.”
They have four orange cats of their own at home which range in ages from 11 months to 13 years. And yes, all of their cats are rescues! The ADL thanks the Hudocks and Ms. Hibbs for all of their hard work and for being an inspiration to other families who want to become a volunteer team!
At just 14-years-old, Debra is already a shining example of what a true volunteer should strive to be. She is studying at Health Careers High School with the dream of becoming a veterinarian and her compassion for the animals at the ADL is a big great step in that direction.
Debra was one of the first Junior Volunteers to sign up for the JV+ program and she hasn’t missed a JV+ day since then. She has tried everything from manning an info booth, to bathing dogs to clicker training cats! Debra counts the unexpected moments that come with volunteering among her most memorable.
“My favorite is when one of the older kittens leapt from his cage and onto my shoulder, that really surprised me!”
Debra says volunteering at the ADL teachers her how to take better care of her own pets, which include a cat named Sierra and a dog named Ginger. With Junior Volunteers like Debra joining the ranks, the ADL is looking forward to many years of great volunteers helping our furry friends adopted!