Volunteer Spotlight: Laura Lazaraton
OAR volunteers make all the difference in the lives of our cats. We are recognizing some of them in OAR 2.0 and at www.ohioalleycat.org/volunteer-spotlight/.
Laurie enjoys some time with OAR adoptable kitty Gertie.
On a recent Monday evening, Laura Lazaraton arrived at OAR after a busy day at work to cuddle some kitties. Among them was a new addition to OAR’s kitten ranks, an adorable fuzzy fellow name Geordi LaForge, who, while a little scared at first, quickly settled into Laura’s arms for some love before climbing onto her shoulder to nuzzle her face and neck. He was in heaven, as was Laura, who is known around OAR for her soft spot for longhaired cats, especially if they happen to be black.
Laura became involved with OAR in 2011 via her friend and fellow volunteer Kathy Schwartz. Knowing of Laura’s interest in photography, Kathy encouraged her to put that talent to use as OAR stepped up its adoption efforts. “I love cats, and the way Kathy described OAR’s mission appealed to me,” Laura explained.
Before long, she also joined OAR’s Adoption Committee and began serving as a weekend adoption host at both the shelter and PetSmart, helping potential adopters find just the right kitty for them. In addition, Laura conducts orientation sessions for new volunteers, assists with adoption follow up, does Friday evening meds once a month at the shelter, and is a member of OAR’s Angel team, giving extra TLC to cats in need of socialization. She was especially gratified when longtime OAR resident Addie was adopted into a wonderful home earlier this year.
While Laura is a fixture at OAR on Monday evenings, Wednesday nights find her at the Oakley PetSmart as one of a team of dedicated volunteers who clean cages and care for the cats at the adoption center. “It’s a lot like volunteering at OAR, but on a smaller scale,” said Laura. “After we clean, playtime is a priority for the cats. They love to run around!”
Her volunteer work at PetSmart is a great way to promote OAR and Laura loves it. “People often stop in and want to visit the cats, or they have questions about adoptions, volunteering or donating,” she said. “It’s fun to meet so many people who are interested in what we do and see how they bond with the cats.”
What impresses Laura so much about OAR is that “everybody really cares about the cats, and they care about the people that bring their cats to the clinic to be fixed. Our focus on spay/neuter is so important because there are too many cats without homes. I love how we teach people about the importance of having cats fixed to keep the population under control.
Laura is proudly owned by the handsome Twizzle, a longhaired black kitty found in a Walmart parking lot. Her parents adopted OAR alum Louisa May (now Scooter), an adorable longhaired calico, in 2011.
- October 2013: Jennie Geiger
- August/September 2013: Vonda Baldwin and Olivia Angert
- July 2013: Caitlin Ayers
- June 2013: Mary Bryant
- May 2013: Steve Jonson
- April 2013: Amy Russell
- February/March 2013: Kevin Nester
- January 2013: Erin Schurenberg
- December 2012: Adam and Lisa Curry
- November 2012: Tania Carreon and Ana Ortega
- October 2012: Debbie Calardo
- September 2012: Dave Sageser
- August 2012: Pam Chadwick
- July 2012: Rosalind Moir
- June 2012: Frank Bressler and Danielle Kremer-Wilson
- May 2012: The Smith-Conways
- April 2012: Tricia Fetters
- March 2012: Mike Roth