Take a walk around our TLAC shelter and you’ll find Chad Rackowitz in one of two places: the laundry room or the FeLV Adoption Center. There’s no job too big or small for this volunteer. And while he’s only been with us for a few months, he’s become essential to the daily functioning of the shelter.
Chad has always had a connection with animals, and in his heart, knew he could be doing more to give back. Over the years he’s been aware of Austin Pets Alive! from hearing about us on KUT during his daily commutes; but it was earlier this year when he came to the realization that he had extra time and wanted to spend it doing something worthwhile, which led him to our doors.
The majority of Chad’s duties are making sure we have a supply of fresh laundry. When asked if he ever minds doing a task like this, he responded without hesitation, “There’s no job that’s too big or small at the shelter.” Knowing that all the animals have a clean blanket to snuggle with every day makes him smile. Sometimes what seems like the smallest of tasks makes the biggest difference. Chad says he’s happy to work wherever he’s needed because he knows it’s not about him, it’s about the cats and dogs.
Once the laundry is under control, he heads to the FeLV Adoption Center to spend the remainder of his hours with the cats, who love him just as much as he loves them. He throws on his favorite tunes, sits down, and the cats come crawling for some snuggles. “I love hanging with these little guys,” says Chad. When asked if he sees himself volunteering with Austin Pets Alive! for years to come, he said yes, without a doubt! Now that he’s here he sees all the work that goes on every day at the shelter – much more than he ever knew of. Being here, our mission resonated with him in his bones. He knows the work done here by APA! volunteers and staff is paramount to keeping Austin a No Kill City. He knows this is the place he needs to be.
Volunteers like Chad are the only way we can continue to do what we do here, and we can’t thank them enough. If this sounds like something you’d like to get involved with, there’s always more work to be done! Click here to learn more about becoming a volunteer.