On Sunday, the SpayMart cat sanctuary near Picayune, Miss., is bustling with volunteers. They are bleaching litter boxes, mowing, washing food bowls, playing with the cats who lounge in various rooms.
“These people come out here and they work, they really work,” Lynn Chiche says. “They come from all over — New Orleans, Mandeville, Slidell, the Gulf Coast. I have the best volunteers in Louisiana and Mississippi.”
Brennan Kennedy, 19, from Clinton, Miss., is a freshman at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is part of Luckyday Scholars, a service program at USM in Hattiesburg.
“I was looking at volunteer opportunities, and I said, ‘Hey, cats are pretty cool. Let me volunteer there,’ he says.