On April 15, 2019, I will join thousands of runners in the Boston Marathon.
When our family moved back into downtown Boston in 2015, I became involved with the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Over the past 2.5 years, I have volunteered at their South End shelter as a member of their “Feline Mod Squad”. I have helped care for animals as part of major law enforcement cases of extreme neglect/abuse and assisted at a weekly clinic in Dorchester, that allows residents affordable vet care. Additionally, I have been part of their “Cat Tracking Team” as well as “Team Fungus,” where we had the opportunity to treat and find adoptive homes for a large group of cats that had contracted ringworm. While I love every minute I spend at the shelter, my favorite responsibility is to work with under-socialized cats and kittens. There is nothing more rewarding then watching a terrified, feral cat from the streets become gentle and affectionate, and to see them go off to their new forever home. Finally, over the past 18 months my family and I have taken in and fostered four litters of kittens, including a litter without a mom and a pregnant mother going into labor with a single kitten that I fostered at home for the next 8 weeks.
As many know, I have always been a moderate runner, swimmer, and occasional sprint triathlete. Since moving to the Boston area in 1983, I have stood along the Marathon course cheering on many brave and determined people, including a dear friend battling MBC and Stage IV Thyroid Cancer.
This year I was granted one of the two bibs given to the Animal Rescue League for the marathon. I would only consider putting myself (and my family) though this physical and emotional challenge for this incredible charity.
On behalf of all the dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, guinea pigs, ferrets and many others at the Animal Rescue League, I extend my sincere gratitude for any contribution you may choose to make towards my fundraiser.
Please feel free to click on the following link to see some photos and videos of the work done at this shelter. Thank you!