The Volunteer of the Month for April is – Cynthia R.
From Cynthia: “I would like to submit this picture in honor of Crimson. In 2014, I agreed to foster an older dog who was dropped at TCRAS. Crimson was just a little, red 15 year-old dog. She was not thriving and no one thought she would live more than a few weeks. She was confused but settled on a love-seat in my husband’s office and stole his heart. Crimson was terribly arthritic but moved like a puppy on her walks. We also found that she was deaf. She lived with us and a lot of love for another year. I know we gave her the best life she could have had and she taught us what true spirit is all about.”
*Where are you from? – I grew up in Houston and moved to Woodland Park in 2012, when my husband retired.
*What volunteer positions do you help with at TCRAS? – I work in the cattery and spend time with the cats as I clean their kennels. The kittens are precious and funny, but I am a tad partial to the older guys. (Cynthia also pitches in doing dishes and laundry…the staff really appreciates that!!)
*What do/did you do for a job/career? – I returned to school and received a master’s degree in sociology at 50. I taught sociology at University of Houston and Houston Baptist University until retiring.
*Do you have a family? Tell us about them. – I live in Woodland Park with my husband Lou and my 93 year old Father. We have 3 cats, all rescues. I visit my daughter and three grand-babies in Dallas every 8 weeks.
*What pets do you have? – We have 3 cats, all rescues. Tugboat is a special needs old guy we found emaciated at the docks in Houston. He’s a mess but a true lap cat. Patch and Mr. Kitty had been left when their owners moved and they eventually gravitated to our house. We love them all.
*What do you like to do for fun? – I enjoy hiking, gardening, reading and anything outdoors.
THANK YOU Cynthia for your dedication to all our shelter guests; fostering an old gal and showing her love and compassion for her remaining days is a gift. It takes a special heart to do that and we appreciate you!!