There are people who like animals.
There are others who absolutely love animals.
Then there is Susan K. White of Indian Trail, who rescues animals in need and has created a Web-based adoption information exchange.
White also has written a book about her experience.
I wanted to help the rescue folks, especially the ones that do it on their own, to have a place to communicate. I am their biggest cheerleader. Thus, Carolina Cat Connection was born.
Susan K. White
Tate Publishing recently released a children’s book by White titled “Mickey’s Wish,” which tells the story of the adoption of White’s Portuguese water dog, Mickey, from a large county shelter in Florida.
“I actually wrote it over 10 years ago,” she said. “I wrote it out of love for Mickey and the many other stories of rescued pets that I hopefully can get out there as well.
“Educating kids on responsibility and caring for animals has always been a passion of mine. I started taking pets into my son’s classrooms when he was in kindergarten, and this coming year he will be graduating from high school. I volunteered at the shelter where we met Mickey and for a private rescue in Florida.”
White and her family moved to Indian Trail from south Florida about nine years ago.
“I wanted an area that was family friendly and close to whatever we need, but not in the middle of a rat race. Indian Trail is just that; I love my community,” she said.
Her love of animals and passion for rescue followed her. White said she wrote the education program for the Humane Society of Union County. She also carried her rescue message to Union County schools.
“I don’t get to go in as much as I would like anymore, but there are other fantastic volunteers that go into schools when they get the opportunity,” she said.
White said she is an equal-opportunity pet lover. “Our family has taken in, rescued or adopted many kinds of pets over the years,” she said.
“My first love is the cats. I can no longer foster because my time and home are full, (but) I wanted to help the rescue folks, especially the ones that do it on their own, to have a place to communicate.
“I am their biggest cheerleader. Thus, Carolina Cat Connection was born.”
Carolina Cat Connection is a Facebook page White established in 2013 with a group of like-minded individuals. The page serves as a bulletin board for local cat rescuers in the area to post information or needs.
Mickey, the hero of White’s book, is still alive and well at nearly 14 years old.
White describes Mickey as a kindhearted, sweet and “goofy boy,” who is trusting and loving despite being neglected early in his life. White also said Mickey has picked up some feline behavior from all the cats he shares his home with.
“The kitties rub on him and on us, so he has learned to rub against us just like an over-sized cat,” White said.
White said the motivation for her book comes from her passion for educating children about properly caring for animals. Children learn so quickly, and even if their family never decides to adopt, maybe they have learned to respect animals, she said.
“Maybe they love them just a little more,” she said.
“I have had a lot of rescue folks cheering me on. Every day, they see fantastic pets that have been abandoned, neglected or worse.
“When you see a needy pet find its way to a loving adoptive home, that is a volunteer’s paycheck.”
John Anderson is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.