Volunteer Spotlight: Cindy Girgenti
Cindy Girgenti, who has been a volunteer for eight years, plays a very active role at the Danbury Animal Welfare Society as both an Adoption Counselor and Cat Socializer. In addition, she assists in creating and posting the cat and kitten profiles on our website.
She first got involved with the organization nearly a decade ago. Cindy and her mom are huge animal lovers and they wanted to do something that involved supporting our four-legged friends, specifically cats.
While her mom has since moved away to South Carolina, Cindy continues to come to DAWS weekly, even during the pandemic, to continue helping cats find their furever homes. “Cindy is a devoted and compassionate volunteer,” says DAWS’ Cattery Manager, Gina Amenta. “She is always willing to go above and beyond to find a cat the best home possible and is an incredible asset to the cat program.”
When asked what she loves most about volunteering, Cindy said, “I love being part of something special. There is nothing like seeing a shy, timid cat come around with extra love, time, and socialization, and then get adopted into a wonderful home. Receiving updates and pictures of our cats in a home curled up with their humans is one of the best feelings in the world. It takes a village and all of us have a part in that, it’s truly amazing!”
Cindy’s been a Danbury resident and has worked at the hospital for over 20 years. Fostering kittens for DAWS led her to adopting Xena and Prince, a sweet bonded pair. Volunteering at the shelter has opened Cindy’s eyes to just how many homeless animals there are out there, and how many need our help. “The whole process is very rewarding,” she states. “If you love animals and have a passion to make a difference, there are so many ways to get involved. Volunteering your time to socialize cats, walk dogs, help at one of our events, transport animals, foster, donate…everyone can do something. We are their voice and seeing how happy these animals are will bring you more happiness than you can imagine.”