Volunteer Spotlight: Georgia Gunter
We value each and every volunteer who donates their time and energy to our cause. In our Volunteer Spotlight series we're honoring our amazing volunteers and recognize the incredible work that's helped us continue saving the lives of countless homeless animals in need.
Meet Georgia Gunter.
Why did you choose Furkids to volunteer/foster?
In 2013, when I adopted Missy, a 10 year old senior cat. I immediately fell in love with Furkids and their mission to help save cats and dogs and find them amazing forever homes.
How long have you been a volunteer/foster at Furkids?
I have been volunteering since 2013.
How many hours per week do you volunteer?
I volunteer between 3-6 hours each week.
Where and how do you primarily volunteer?
I clean Room 1 at the Cumming shelter every Saturday and I also enjoy showing potential adopters all the wonderful cats upstairs in Rooms 1-5. In addition, I have fostered some of our more senior kitties and even foster failed (that never happens, right?!).
What do you like most about volunteering? Fostering?
When I am cleaning the room, I get to know all the cats really well and know their personalities. That makes it easy to suggest specific cats to potential adopters. Another wonderful outcome of volunteering is that I have met an amazing group of volunteers. We have become close and love getting together and supporting each other and our cats (shout out to Miyuki, Eva, Carolyn and Joe, Jenny and Jac).
Which cat or dog is your favorite and why?
I love all the kitties, but I guess the one cat that has truly touched my heart is Autumn. When she was at the old shelter, she was pretty feral and would scratch you if you tried to approach her. I have worked with her (along with other volunteers) and now when I open the door on Saturday morning, she greets me and demands for me to pet her first. She has made such a transformation!
What would you like people to know most about Furkids?
Sam and all the Furkids staff and volunteers have such big hearts and they truly love the cats and dogs. And the new shelter in Cumming is a product of those big hearts. What a beautiful place, and the catios are such a wonderful place for the cats to be outside and look at the trees and the fish pond.
What do you do when you are not volunteering with Furkids?
I work at Jewish Family & Career Services as a Geriatric Care Manager. I guess that is why I love the senior kitties! My hobbies are practicing yoga, playing the piano and hanging out with my husband.
Do you have pets? If so could you briefly describe them to us?
Right now, I only have one senior kitty and he is a foster who needed a home when his owner died. Tootsie is a big orange huggable boy who loves to eat, loves to snuggle and even loves to ride around in a kitty stroller. My husband is finishing up with building a catio at our home and when that happens, I plan to bring home a few more foster kitties to love (and possibly foster fail!)
Thank you Georgia, for all that you do for Furkids! Stay tuned for our next Volunteer Spotlight, and please visit our Volunteers page if you're interested in becoming a Furkids volunteer.