Volunteer Spotlight - Sandi
Sandi Boyle has been involved with the Shelter for a very long time. In the early days, at the “old” shelter, she and Kim Pearson would come in for morning duty and they would spend hours and hours cleaning the shelter, tending to the cats, playing with them, decorating their condos with coordinated colors. They had a blast. At one point, while they were there, a mom and five kittens were dropped off. The Shelter was full. Of course, Sandi took them. She adopted the mom and two of the kittens and found a home for another kitten. Sadly, the very tiniest of the kittens didn’t make it, as so often happens when they are the runt of the litter.
As time went on, due to family issues, Sandi had to stop volunteering with Kingdom Animal Shelter. But being the animal lover that she is, she filled her heart and home with animals. She had cats Mia and Dooey and Boo. Boo disappeared...and as so often happens when an outdoor cat disappears, the decision was made to keep the others indoors. Along with Mia and Dooey, Sandi fostered a kitty for KAS named Connor. And of course, she fell in love. And Connor is now part of her feline family. In addition to those, she has four dogs, two horses, two ducks, and two chickens. A lively household, indeed.
Sandi came back to volunteer at KAS in 2017. This time she is doing evening tuck in. She likes that because it is a quiet, peaceful time when she can not only take care of the cats but snuggle them, talk to them, sing to them (we should record that!!), just do silly stuff with them. I am sure they love that. And... think of the release from daily stress for both the cats and Sandi. Sandi is an accountant and works with lots of numbers. This lets her get away from those "numbers”.
The Shelter cats that have found the deepest place in her heart are Alfie and Nick, or as she calls him, Nickity Schnick.
Sandi is quite the traveler. She has gone to China twice, Tibet, and Bangladesh (where her son was a principal in an American school and was able to take his cats). She has also walked the Camino, from Portugal to Spain. Sounds like a lot of wonderful experiences.
Sandi loves the new shelter. She finds it “beyond expectations”... all the software, the atmosphere, the happy cats. “The cats have everything”.
We are so glad you decided to come back, Sandi.