Sandy Rodriguez labels it “volunteer work” but what she does is better described as a calling. And it’s clear she truly enjoys the work she’s called to do.
The retired nurse rescues and fosters cats. More accurately, she takes in a particular kind of cat: the cats that sink to the bottom of everyone’s most-wanted lists. Almost all the cats are old. Some of the cats are ill. Two of the cats she currently fosters came from the home of a hoarder and “need time to decompress.” But all of them are worthy of love and care, and that’s what Sandy provides, with the help of the Pets In Need Veterinary Clinic.
Sandy discovered the PIN clinic through Facebook, and her first visit was a revelation. “Going to a low-cost clinic, you think they’re going to cut corners, but this is the opposite,” she marvels. She is particularly impressed by the expertise of Dr. Samantha Schenck and the staff. She also lists the clinic’s diagnostic, medical and dental technology. “They have everything!”
With a number of needy felines in her charge, Sandy says she visits the clinic two or three times a week. Because she fosters a lot of senior cats, many of the visits are for dental work. She mentions a recent full mouth extraction and notes that not every veterinary practice has the special technology required for the procedure. The PIN clinic does have the needed equipment and in the weeks since the surgery, the aging feline has been “doing beautifully.”
Another of Sandy’s charges needed surgery to remove a cancerous mass. And unless you’re a professional, you probably wouldn’t describe a surgery the way Sandy does: “It was a clean incision and nice stitching.” Or draw this conclusion: “I recognize the talent; [the surgeon] did a beautiful job.”
For Sandy, rescuing and fostering cats is necessary, rewarding work. Work she says she can only do because the PIN clinic provides expert, low-cost services. Her overall feeling about the clinic is summed up in two words: