My weekly volunteer assignment: Photograph cats and kittens available for adoption for the website of Wayside Waifs, Inc., an independent, not-for-profit humane society and animal welfare organization established in 1944.
I’ve owned cats for almost twenty years (I should say that cats have owned me), so I knew it wouldn’t be easy to get most cats to pose. There’s a reason for the old saying about how hard it is to “herd cats.” Even cats who like to hang out and sit pretty will spring into action when you aim a camera at them. Other cats withdraw into their cubbyholes.
As expected, the kittens were the hardest. Open the cage, and the kitten explode out like jacks in a box. The staff laughed, when I kept saying “sit,” which is what I say to Loki (dog at home) fifty times a day. I should know better!
I got my first cat, Malcolm, at Wayside Waifs almost twenty years ago, so I have a special connection to the place. When I first visited Wayside Waifs, it was housed in a small building. Now, it has a very nice building, run completely by donations. It has some heavy hitter donors, too, like Hallmark, which is headquartered in Kansas City. It has a paid staff, but hundreds of volunteers keep it running, too. In fact, I had a hard time getting in! In the future, you can be sure you’ll be reading more about Wayside Waifs and seeing a lot more photographs of adorable cats. I may be taking dog photographs, too.