The adoptees at the Bonaire Animal Shelter love their volunteers. We’ve shown you volunteer students, a part time resident and now here’s a high school biology teacher and columnist for The Bonaire Reporter, Mary Ann Koops. She’s been a regular at the Shelter for awhile now and inspires her students to do the same.
Mary Ann is cuddling with “Vincent,” a long haired, angora, elegant white cat with black markings, especially on his nose. As Mary Ann says, “It looks like someone spilled some black paint on his nose.”
Young Vincent, only seven months old, was found abandoned in a neighbor’s yard after the neighbors moved away. Despite this uncaring treatment Vincent is a real people cat. He just loves them and will follow them around. Not only that but he gets along great with all the other cats in the cat cage. He’s just an “easy” cat, say the staff, and is therefore one of the favorites.As are all the other adoptees at the Shelter, Vincent is in top health, has had his shots, tests and worming and is sterilized.
You may see Vincent at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm. Telephone 717-4989.
If you would like to make a contribution as a volunteer to the Shelter, give them a call. They are losing a lot of their faithful volunteers who are leaving the island and could certainly use some new animal lovers. They especially need people between 8 and 10 am but other times as well. They’re doing a magnificent job with the animals but they can’t do it alone.
L.D. Bonaire Reporter February 27 – March 13, 2009