My daughter and I were looking for volunteer work we could do together. We happened upon a weekend feline adoption fair from Rescue House in Mira Mesa. We both LOVE cats and thought this would be something we would both enjoy. We picked a location close to our home and started. That was in 2011. We can honestly say that after six years of service, we continue to feel like we have made such a difference in so many cats’ lives! Every visit is filled with making sure the kitties are well cared for and do our best to encourage our visitors to consider adoption. Thanks, Rescue House for making our hearts so filled up with love for cats who need help! —Pam & Krista D
As a Rescue House volunteer I have had many amazing experiences. I have watched kittens being born in my bathroom. I’ve held an abandoned newborn kitten cuddled under my shirt to keep it warm. I’ve laid on the floor watching in wonderment as a mama cat and her babies slept all snuggled together, watched little kittens take their first wobbly steps, and older ones zoom up and down my hall playing hilarious games with each other. I’ve slept warm and peaceful with purring cats and kittens sharing my bed or napping on the couch. I have worried for cats that have been waiting so long to get adopted and then celebrated the arrival of the perfect family for them to join. I have helped my fellow volunteers and been helped by them. I’ve made friends I can count on. I feel so lucky to be a part of a group of people who make decisions based on what is best for the quality of life for every single cat and kitten we rescue. It is work, but we do good work. —Joni H
I have been a volunteer with The Rescue House for the past eight years – I am so passionate about this organization, as each individual life is treated as important and worth saving … including the two who became my own special boys! One of the most rewarding parts of doing adoption center visits is to see a kitty that comes in, initially unsure about this new change, and then turn into a cat that is confident and happy, and in turn finally gets their forever home – and knowing that YOU played a huge part in making that happen. A rescue could not do what it does without great volunteers, and I strongly encourage everyone who has a passion for rescue to consider volunteering. Every minute you spend with the cats makes such a difference, and allows for them not only to be saved but to experience so much love and care while waiting to find a home. Even just a small amount of time can make such a huge difference in the lives of these kitties!