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Volunteer Highlight: Catherine

Posted By SLCo Animal Services
August 24, 2020

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september volunteer 2020

Thank you to Salt Lake County Animal Services Volunteer of the Month, Catherine McIntosh. She is one of many, who helps provide enrichment, attention, and love for the pets at our shelter. Find out more about her experience volunteering below. You can also find out more about becoming a volunteer at our facility on our Volunteer Page

More from Catherine:

What brought you to Salt Lake County Animal Services?
I was looking for another way to give back during Covid. Most of my volunteer work has to do with helping people and so I wanted to branch out and reach a different part of our community. Salt Lake City Animal Services seemed like the perfect fit for me!

What is your favorite thing about volunteering?
I absolutely love how free-range the shifts are. You get to interact with so many animals while also helping some pets get accustomed with being around people. So many of the cats I work with are just the sweetest, loving, and most playful creatures so I never get bored!

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Coming to Utah made me a lot more open to outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and kayaking. There are so many beautiful spots to explore! When I'm not really feeling the weather, I usually will curl up with a good book. I recently finished "The Giver of Stars" by Jojo Moyes which has got to be one of my favorites.

Tell us about your family and fur kiddos: 
I am the middle child in a family of five. My mother is from Switzerland and my dad is from the states. I have two amazing siblings who I consider my best friends. My younger brother just graduated high school and my older sister is in her senior year of college. My "non-human" siblings consist of our 11 year old lab Hilo and my 7 year old cat Tommy. All of them are a joy to be around!

What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers?
Honestly, just be your happy, kind self! Treat all the animals with love and respect and you'll get along great!

Do you have a favorite adoption story?
I haven't actually had the opportunity to see an adoption occur in person yet unless you count the one where I adopted my cat a few years back.

Tell us something unique about you:
Due to my mom being Swiss, I am fluent in both German and Swiss German. I can also pogo stick while jump-roping.

What is your favorite place to travel?
Europe is probably my favorite get-away spot. Specifically Switzerland as this is where most of my family lives.