The last several years have been full of upheaval and frankly very taxing. In self defense, I scaled way back on extracurricular activities and gave myself permission to fill my free time with mainly friend-related activities and my band. I had been doing quite a bit of volunteer work before that, but I quit almost all of it.
A couple of weeks ago I got an email that one of the pet stores where my favorite animal rescue group keeps cats was in need of a regular Tuesday night volunteer. I thought for a moment about whether I was ready to commit to a weekly volunteer shift and decided I was.
Tonight was my first night back and I realized I've really missed working with the adoptable cats.
Right now the store has five cats and two "teenager" kittens. I let them all out of their kennels at the same time to run around in the back room while I cleaned their cages, scooped their litter boxes, refilled their food and water dishes, and washed both sides of the plexiglass so they'll be easier to see.
As an added bonus, there's a Trader Joe's in the same shopping center, so Tuesday nights will also be grocery nights. I can work with that.
I'm looking forward to getting to know all the cats' names and cheering them on as they find their permanent homes. It's good to be back.