In hopes of raising more awareness about rescues worldwide, we posted a call for shelters to get an interview with us through our twitter page. We got an enthused reply from Jill, who volunteers for the Bingo’s Foundation Ltd! Hope you enjoy the interview, and if you are close by… maybe this is a shelter you’d like to check out!
Hey Jill, thank you so much for joining us today! Do you mind telling us a bit about yourself?
I am married and live in Bucks County PA. I love the outdoors and wildlife. I love photographing nature and animals.
You volunteer for a rescue, can you tell us the name and where it is located?
It is Bingo’s Foundation Ltd – a no-kill cat shelter – and it is located in Bucks County PA.
What got you interested in working for rescues?
I had one cat at the time and he meant everything to me. I heard about Bingo’s Foundation and decided I had the extra time to help care for some cats who did not have a lap to sit on or someone to scratch their head.
Do you have any pets of your own?
I have one tuxedo cat named Bosco. He was a stray and fell asleep in my lap the first day I met him. I really didn’t want to take him in at the time because my other cat was getting old and had lived alone for so long. But once I met Bosco I knew he was mine forever so I worked it out. I also have a Betta fish named Flip.
What is a day like working for your rescue?
Twice a day every day, a team comes in to do the basics: feed the cats, give them fresh water, give them meds and scoop litter. Most of the cats run freely, so at least once a day we sweep and mop. I personally do this one day a week. But I also take all the photos for the website and update social media. We have annual events which we work on throughout the year and we visit malls and fairs as well. So there is a constant need for volunteers and I make sure I give them any extra hours I have each week.
What is your favourite part about working for your rescue?
These cats do not have owners, they crave attention and want to be loved. I know I am making a difference in their lives by taking time out to pet them, play with them, let them sit on my lap. This is my favorite part of each visit.
Rescues need a lot of volunteers to keep it running, what else would you say your rescue needs right now?
Our rescue needs new windows and doors, and we need funding to build a separate quarters for when we take in cats who may have an illness and cannot share litter or food. We also could use more foster families since adoptions have been slow – we are running out of space at the moment.
What’s the most life-changing thing that has happened to you because of the rescue?
Because of the rescue I have become more active in the community, which is great because I had just recently moved there from the city. I have made new friends and am able to use my photography skills. So it has kept me active physically and socially.
Where can our readers find you?
www.bingosfoundation.org There you can see our cats, upcoming events, or make a donation.
Anything you want to leave our readers with?
I have attached some photos. Always consider an older cat when adopting – they are the sweetest ones in the shelter. Here are some of my buddies looking for homes.
Thank you again to Jill for being part of this project! We loved chatting with you <3
If you know or work for a shelter and would be interested in a feature/interview, please let us know! We’re hoping to raise as much awareness as we can and feature your little cuties! You can get in touch with us here! (Note: the shelter does not have to be a cat shelter, but can be a shelter for any animals!)