Boe gives time, attention and love to all furry felines
By Tara Bitzan
Bonnie Boe of Alexandria loves cats. While she loves them enough to have many of them at her own home, she knows that’s not a good idea.
So, she has one cat of her own at a time and then shares her love for the furry felines with those less fortunate – at the local humane society.
Boe can be found almost every day at the animal shelter, sitting on the couch in the “cat room,” gently petting a cat on her lap, or walking from cage to cage having conversations with each cat individually.
As people come in to look at the cats, she’ll watch them for awhile, sizing them up, and then say, “Do you want to adopt a cat? I’ll pay the fees for you!”
“I just want them all to go to good homes,” she said when asked about the generous offer. “If I could take them all myself, I would, but I can’t. So it just makes me feel good if I can help put a cat in a good home.”
How long have you been volunteering at the Lakes Area Humane Society?
Seven years. I used to volunteer at the one in Pope County before that, for about 12 years.
How often do you volunteer and what types of things do you do?
I volunteer about five hours a week. I usually come in every day for about an hour a day. I spend all my time in the cat room, feeding them, giving them treats, brushing them, playing with them.
Why do you do it?
It’s a good feeling to come in and help out. I love the cats and they need the attention. When new ones come in, I read their names and the information on their cards so I can get to know them. Sometimes there are some sad cases. Some of them were abused. It’s hard not to take them all home.
Do you have favorites?
Oh, I suppose I do. I really like Apple. There’s just something about her. She is just so sweet. Rios over there has a big mouth and drives me nuts. He’s always yowling. I think he is purposely trying to get to me.
What other hobbies do you have?
I like to read, I used to golf. I love to feed the ducks and geese at [Noonan Park] and on Lake Agnes. They see me coming and they come right over.
Do you have any cats of your own?
I do. Her name is Maggie. My last cat, Copenhagen, was 13-and-a-half. She got cancer and I had to put her to sleep. That was hard.
Do you have any other pets?
No, I love cats. I just have one at a time though because you never know how they are going to get along with each other. I do have four dogs for grandchildren though! My daughter has one dog and my son has three. They come over a lot. The one dog, Shadow, and my Copenhagen didn’t get along at all, but Shadow and Maggie sleep together. I couldn’t believe it!
What do you like about cats?
I don’t know. I’ve always loved cats. I like their personality, their softness, I like how they keep you guessing – you’re never sure what they’re going to do next.
Tara Bitzan of Farwell loves writing, organizing and trying to keep up with her teenage daughters.
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