Rachel Shubin -Inaugural Homer's Hero!
Rachel Shubin has been a friend ever since she interviewed me for her high school newspaper back in 2010. Her passion and compassion for animal welfare have always been evident to all who know her. Now a college freshman, Rachel continues her efforts on behalf of animals in need. Here’s Rachel’s mom, Julie, on why Rachel should be our inaugural “Homer’s Hero.”
Here are two specific stories about Rachel's commitment to LDR. Two years ago, our family fostered a very young pregnant cat (Rachel was still in high school). She agreed that the foster cat could live in her bedroom so that Piper would be isolated from our family cats. The first night we had, Piper, she prematurely delivered her kittens (a whole month early so the kittens were not developed), the whole process taking from about 3 a.m to 6 a.m. It was so sad and upsetting to see the unformed kittens and very messy. Rachel stayed calm and did her best to comfort Piper and help her get through it. A day later, Piper got very sick (extremely anemic) and it turned out that she had one kitten left inside her and needed an emergency spay. When Piper came home, Rachel took such good care of her. She helped me create blanket steps to her bed so that she would not have to jump up and down. Piper would sleep on Rachel's chest. Needless to say, we were all too attached to Piper to adopt her out, so now Piper lives happily in our home. http://www.sandpipercat.blogspot.com/
One Friday night, during a rescue event, a recently spayed kitten acted strangely and Rachel saw something coming out of the kitten's tummy. It turned out that the kitten's spay had opened (allergic to the stitches) and her internal organs were coming out the opening. Rachel remained calm enough to get an adult to help, Rachel kept the other kitten safe, and the Petsmart vet took the injured kitten to clean and stitch her back up. The kitty was saved and happily adopted by another volunteer weeks later. Not many teens or for that matter adults, would have the composure that Rachel had that night.
These two stories are particularly amazing because Rachel tends to be on the squeamish side, but is able to overcome it when necessary.
And, even though cats are Rachel's thing, Rachel keeps a dog leash (as do her parents) in her car -- as one too many times we have run into a loose neighborhood dog that has strayed from his/her home. She's always ready to aide in any type of rescue!
As a college student, Rachel continues to do rescue most Friday nights and I think one of the reasons she didn't want to go to college far away is so that she can continue doing her LDR rescue. Rachel didn't just do rescue to put it on her college applications; rescue is a part of her life.
Rachel, without a doubt, would be a perfect Homer's Hero.
Thank you, Rachel, for all you continue to do on behalf of cats like Homer who’d never get that “second chance” if not for outstanding humans like you!