UCF organization embarks on journey to help animals
You couldn't pay some people to take care of one cat – let alone 200 of them.
But for Florence Thuot of Journey's End Animal Sanctuary, she does just that and she does it for free.
Early on Oct. 26, a group of 11 volunteers embarked upon a one-hour bus ride from Lake Claire to the DeLand Sanctuary in order to enrich the lives of its animal residents.
"We helped feed [the cats] and the job of the day was to clear out one of the horse stalls. We cleaned it out and refurbished it," Ashyln Sanchez, a member of Volunteer UCF's Animal Awareness committee, who led the event, said.
Sanchez, a freshman majoring in biomedical sciences, was particularly moved by the story of one cat that was abandoned by its owners. The cat stayed around its owner's property and was covered in its own urine when it was found. Sanchez said cases like this are awful, but the Sanctuary steps in to take care of these abused animals.
The Sanctuary "provides lifetime care and shelter for dogs, cats, horses, pigs, sheep, and birds that have been abused, neglected, or have special needs," according to its website.
Founded in 1974, the Sanctuary was granted non-profit status in 1999. It currently has a capacity of 300 animals.
"We did some maintenance work around the area [and] we started off with a tour meeting all the dogs and the cats, as well as some of the pigs and the goats. It was a lot of fun. It was interesting to learn two of the dogs' stories and how they were rescued and what their background was, which gave an appreciation for these animals," Sanchez said.