Alyssa Averi began volunteering at the Humane Society of Cambria County in May of this year. While accompanying her family to adopt a kitten, a socially anxious cat caught her attention as the cat paced back and forth in her kennel. Alyssa decided at that moment that she wanted to get more involved to make a difference for this specific shelter resident and others just like her. She felt that she could relate to these animals and give them the time that they needed as she personally struggles with anxiety herself. So, she did just that. Alyssa has become a dedicated volunteer in our cat room, giving her time and attention to the ones who need it most. And, in August of this year, the cat that inspired Alyssa to volunteer found her home! Outside of the shelter, she works, sketches, games, and listens to music. She is also a proud fur mom of her Chihuahua, Mini. Alyssa has a way with all of our shelter cats, but especially with the less socialized ones. She approaches them in a manner that allows them to open up to people, ultimately, helping them to become more adoptable. Our cats are so very lucky to have such a compassionate individual spending time with them. They look forward to each and every volunteer shift with Alyssa because they know that they can simply be themselves. Thank you, Alyssa, for the difference you make!