Million Cat Challengers make love visible

January 8, 2015

You’d think the first post on this blog would be about cats. That would make sense – it is the Million Cat Challenge, after all.

But after all these months madly working on the website and emailing back and forth with animal welfare organizations across the country, talking nothing but cats, cats, cats, I find myself moved to write instead, about you: my amazing, creative, adaptable, determined, risk-taking, cat-saving colleagues. I love you guys!

When Julie and I first cooked up the idea for the Million Cat Challenge, we got asked all the time, “Why would anyone join when there’s no material reward?”

Most often, we got this question from people outside the sheltering profession. No doubt we seemed naïve when we blurted out, “Because they want to help save cats – that’s why they work in shelters!”

But if there was any doubt in our own minds, it’s been erased and then some by the onslaught of enthusiasm from our first wave of participants.

Even those who declined our invitation to join the challenge were thoughtful and respectful in their replies. And those who took us up on it jumped in with both feet. Many emails arrived bristling with additional information, program brochures, infographics, and most inspiring of all: charts showing feline intake and euthanasia trending steadily downward.

I ran across a quote the other day from Kahlil Gibran that stated simply, “Work is love made visible.” I feel so privileged to be part of a profession where this is true every day. I hope the Million Cat Challenge can help you put those words into action even more.

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVH, is the Director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program and co-leader of the Million Cat Challenge.

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