My Return to the Shelter

I have a couple of part-time businesses where I make most of my income but work has slowed recently and I ended up with too much free time so I decided to get a part-time job. The person working there wanted to semi retire so it was decided that we would each work 20 hours a week or less, depending on how busy it was. I thought that was perfect for me except there was a problem. The other employee quit the day I started.

That left me working almost full time on top of the work I already had. I had no time to volunteer anymore. I decided to quit my position at the Red Cross and I put the SPCA on hold. After about two months a new person was finally hired and I was able to get Friday off.

There used to be a lot of volunteers at the SPCA but since the pandemic it seems many of them have dropped out. When I signed up for a Friday afternoon shift on Friday morning there were no other volunteers scheduled. That has been common for the last year or so (there used to be two or three per shift) which makes it even more important that I go.

This week the shelter was moderately full. Four of the eight pods had cats in them and about another five or six cats in solo cages. While I was there a few more cats and kittens were added and two cats were adopted.

Many of the cats there were very friendly and wanted attention.

One female cat was friendly but was also being harassed by a young male cat so she would alternate between coming out for pets and hiding. He wasn’t fighting with her but he was doing a lot of growling and hissing.

As much as I like the friendly cats, I feel it is equally important to pay attention to the shy ones, perhaps more important. I think the more attention a shy cat gets the more likely he or she will be less afraid of future visitors and thus more likely to be adopted.

For example, this cat is a two-year-old male named Tony. He was very nervous at my presence at first.

But I slowly gained his trust and before I new it he was rolling around and letting me pet his belly.

Another great thing about volunteering is that sometimes you get to watch kittens play, which is more entertaining than most televisions shows.

On anther note, I am having trouble with Facebook and I can use your help. For some strange reason, Facebook has decided that my blog is a threat to the fabric of society and sharing it could be the end of the world as we know it. Basically they think it is spam. I don’t know why they think that, it’s just a cat blog. I tried to appeal the decision but I don’t think real people work at Facebook anymore, at least not in a customer service capacity.

Can you please copy and past the URL of one of my blog posts and try to share it (the Facebook button below won’t work for this purpose). You will get a message that says “This URL goes against our Community Standards on spam.” Just hit continue three times and then “Disagree with decision.” If you actually agree that it is spammy please let me know what you are seeing so I can try to correct it. Thanks.

By the way, the reason I think real people don’t work at Facebook anymore is because about three weeks ago Facebook sent me a notification that there was suspicious activity on my account and I should change my password. I did that and when I logged in I discovered I was kicked out of Facebook marketplace. I know I did nothing wrong so I explained that I might have been hacked and I got a notification from Facebook that they would review it and get back to me within 24 hours. That was three weeks ago and I still get that 24 hour message every time I click on the marketplace icon.


27 thoughts on “My Return to the Shelter

  1. Leah

    Good for you volunteering at the shelter! I love seeing a shy kitty warm up to interaction with humans.
    As for facebook they have gone bonkers lately. They blocked me from ‘liking’ for several days, and many others I either know, or heard about, for ‘liking’ too much. I requested an explanation and never got one. They don’t show my cat page to many people any more. I sent feedback a month ago and never heard.
    I’ll try posting one of your posts and see what happens.

    1. Leah

      Oh for Pete’s sake, I tried posting this post on my cat page and it wouldn’t let me so I went on and disagreed. I don’t see anything spammy here.

  2. Brian

    Those kitties are all cuties! I tried posting this one too and ran into the same roadblock and also disagreed. I think members of congress work at Facebook part time, that would explain the idiocy!

  3. onespoiledcat

    Ditto on trying to post your blog……that has never happened to me but then I quit posting Sam/Teddy’s blog anywhere. I just published it on WordPress PERIOD. I think it’s great you’re helping the more shy cats at the shelter become less fearful – they will have a better chance at adoption I bet because they won’t back away from a friendly pet.


  4. 15andmeowing

    Such cuties, every one of them. I hope they all get forever homes soon.
    I tried to post this on FB and that is exactly what happened. I clicked disagree with this decision. I have no idea why they think your content is a problem. I hate FB.

  5. Kitties Blue

    Canโ€™t help with Facebook, as I am not on it, but I Hope it gets fixed for you. I fell in love with every on of those darling cats, and I pray they all find their furever homes very soon. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, angel Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy, Sawyer & Kizmet

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      Thanks. I have to be on Facebook because I have 9 pages that I manage, 3 are personal but 6 are for work. I think if I could avoid Facebook I would be better off.

  6. The Island Cats

    Glad to hear you’re back to volunteering again. What good looking cats! As far as FB and your blog, this has happened to other bloggers…no rhyme or reason…sometimes it just fixes on its own but it may take a few months. One blogger was finally able to get someone from FB to look at it, I think she went through advertising to get a live person to help her. And there’s another blogger who has had this problem for probably close to a year now…with no fix in site. She’s pretty frustrated about it.

  7. Summer

    My human went to her Facebook account and did what you asked her to do. How frustrating for you to have to deal with this. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  8. The Hinoeuma

    The fourth picture reminds me of Clark and the third photo…so dignified. Love the babies.

    FakeBook? *sigh* I stopped going there over two years ago. I keep a placeholder so Messenger will work but, that is it. I put my blog posts on Minds. I tried MeWe but, they are as hinky as FakeBook. I have an account on Gab but, don’t really use it. There’s SoMee and LyfeLoop but, I don’t use them.

    Sorry for your trouble but…it’s FakeBook. Twitter is just as bad…people hissing at each other. I’d rather watch the cats.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I never heard of any of those other ones. I don’t like Facebook as much as I used to. It used to be very positive. People would post funny things or personal stories now everybody is fighting with everybody over politics. I don’t spend too much time on my personal Facebook these days.

  9. Timmy Tomcat

    We are glad you are back providing help to those in the shelter. We loved seeing Tony’s tummy what a cute fellow as he looks so much like a panfur when he is meatloaf. We went to FB with this post and did the click through. Think it will help? Who knows we dislike that place


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