Robert B is the October 2018 Volunteer of the Month

Robert B
Robert B and Jackie R with Axle

Congratulations to Robert B., nominated and chosen as the October 2018 Multnomah County Animal Services Volunteer of the Month.

Learn more about the Volunteer of the Month Program

Robert began his volunteer service in the shelter cattery four and a half years ago because he wanted to do something beneficial for the community and the animals.  Now he volunteers as often as two or three times a week.

Robert has learned a lot about cat behavior during his volunteer service.  “Many people in the cattery have helped me to become the kind of cat person that I am” Robert says. “I owe the staff a great deal of debt in helping me to grow as a cat person.  It’s a team effort, and I would include everyone from the youngest to the oldest volunteers for helping me to learn and be who I am today.”

Working with the public is the most important aspect of Robert’s volunteer service, because adopters don’t always know exactly what they want, and it’s a good opportunity to show off the different ages and temperaments of the cats available for adoption, and he knows that adopting a cat or two will make a big difference in their lives.

Robert has a strong work ethic, and recognizes the importance of a clean space for the cats and for the public.  When he arrives for his shift, he makes sure that all litter boxes are clean, and all food and water dishes are full. He empties trash and linen bags to tidy up.  He folds new cat carriers and organizes the space.

Socializing and advocating for “project cats” is a big part of Robert’s volunteer time. Robert’s favorite challenge is finding new homes for bonded pairs of cats, which is a unique and special opportunity for adopters because bonded cats keep each other company, and are already comfortable interacting with each other.  It feels good to keep them together when possible.  Senior cats also tug on Robert’s heart strings.  He says they’re the perfect companion pets because of their stability- they’re already settled, which makes them an easy transplant to a new home.

Staff, volunteers, and the public all appreciate Robert’s calm and grounded positive attitude.  Karen M., Feline Care Coordinator, says "Robert is kind, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. His passion for cats and placing them with families is infectious and inspiring. Robert is a constant bright spot in my day - even when he comes to me with a concern, we always have a great conversation!"

In thanks, Robert adds “The award itself means a great deal to me, and I would like to thank all the people who have faith in me and my abilities.  Again, I couldn’t have done it without them.  This award belongs to all the people in the shelter.”

Thank you, Robert, for your volunteer service benefiting the people and pets of Multnomah County.

October 2018 Nominees

Thank you to our stellar volunteers nominated for the October 2018 Volunteer of the Month Award!

  • Robert B
  • Lisa B
  • Alison F
  • Amanda F
  • Katie G
  • Jenni H
  • Laura H
  • Jessica M
  • Debbi S
  • Kelley S
  • Janice T