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Leah Taylor is Our Fur-bulous Volunteer of the Month

The Eastern Shore is supported by incredible local organizations that make our community a better place, and these organizations are often made possible by selfless volunteers. We’re shining a light on the organizations and their volunteers every month. This month we had the opportunity to talk to Leah Taylor, a volunteer at Chesapeake Cats and Dogs. CCAD is a no-kill animal rescue organization dedicated to saving, rehabilitating and finding homes for cats and dogs that have been abandoned, abused, lost, strayed, or surrendered. We had the chance to interview Leah about how she got involved with CCAD, memorable moments from her time there, plans for the future and more!

How did you get involved with Chesapeake Cats and Dogs?

My sister is three years older than I am and volunteered there when I was younger. She developed a cat allergy, and the rest of my family also has a cat allergy so I really wanted to be able to spend time with them. So after she stopped volunteering with CCAD I stepped up. I volunteer there a few days a week.

What do you do there?

I socialize with the animals, clean up, give medication, feed them, pick up cats and dogs, and help them get adopted at adoption shows!

Any memorable moments from volunteering that stand out?

Definitely seeing people adopt them at shows. Seeing their faces light up, seeing how they connect with the cat. Many people connect with a cat or dog in a way that is related to a previous animal they had; it is really touching to me.

Do you do any other volunteer work?

Just this. I have never been paid, it’s completely volunteer. I used to think about actually working for them, but I prefer to volunteer my time. It’s a great thing for me.

What are your plans for after you graduate?

Looking into becoming a vet to stick with the animals, going to Chesapeake College for a year and then transferring out to coastal Carolina.

Are you getting cats once you live on your own?

100 percent!

If you are interested in supporting CCAD’s mission of helping animals in need, you can foster dogs and cats, help with fundraising events, or be a cat caretaker. You can learn more about volunteering with them or see what animals that need fostering are up for adoption on their website at:  https://www.chesapeakecatsanddogs.org// Stay tuned because CCAD will be having fundraiser bingos this fall!