Joyce’s Voice

May 6, 2012

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 My first visit to Pet Project was in January of 2010.  My sister and nephew had been volunteering there for several weeks, and I decided to join them.  I had recently lost my beloved cat of over 10 years, so it was an emotional experience for me.  I knew I wanted to adopt another “baby”, but I wasn’t certain I was ready.  Well, one kitty in particular made that decision for me.  After I had finished the necessary cleaning in the cat room, I sat down and let myself be surrounded.  So many wonderful kitties came up demanding my attention, giving as much love as they were getting in return.  One small black cat overtook my lap and wouldn’t budge.  I wanted to stand up, but he was having none of it.  He gripped my jeans, then climbed up my chest, around my shoulders…he was determined not to let me let him go.  While he was perched on my shoulder, I said to my sister “Yeah, I guess this is the one!”  Known as Jethro while he was at PPI, Wrigley has now become my constant companion and is such a gentle, sweet cat.

Since that time, I have become a passionate supporter of PPI.  They are a wonderful organization, with a staff of amazing volunteers all sharing the same goal: to give these animals a second chance at being part of a family.  Since I live in Joliet, I’m unable to be at the shelter as much as I would like, but I visit when my schedule permits.  It’s such a loving place, and I enjoy giving the animals some much deserved love and attention.  Additionally, I help out with answering email and administrating the Facebook and Twitter pages.  I wish I could do more.

Being somewhat of an “insider”, I’m also aware of some of the heartbreaking stories behind our residents.  These innocent animals deserve every second chance we can give them.

– Joyce McCollum

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