Stacy has over 20 years of experience in animal rescue and in working with Community Cats. She currently hosts a podcast called the Community Cats Podcast where she interviews nationally and internationally renowned experts helping with the problem of cat overpopulation and cat welfare. The Community Cats Podcast recently crossed the 200 episode mark, and continues to spark conversation and highlight innovations in animal rescue.
Q: If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
“I have always be fascinated by Cheetahs. They are beautiful, elegant and sleek. I also love their ability to be stealth, but yet also speed up very fast. You just don’t know what to expect from them.”
Q: How did you first get involved in animal rescue?
“I started out by giving a small donation to a local group in Newburyport when I saw their brochure at the local veterinarian’s office. Then I received a letter from the group asking for a secretary for the board so I applied for that position and I got it even though no one knew me. From the moment on my responsibilities just grew and I knew I could do something to help the cats in my community. After 20 years I helped the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society become a nationally recognized organization as well as helping over 100,000 cats and kittens in Massachusetts and beyond.”
Q: What drew you to cats over other animals?
“I have always had cats and loved cats. Their independent nature has always drawn me to them. I am not someone who is a super cat cuddler and so cats and I get along in a mutual and respectful way.”
Q: What advice do you have for someone wanting to start their own podcast?
“Go for it. It is a lot of fun and if you can find help it isn’t incredibly hard. I would join a podcast Facebook group and listen to John Lee Dumas’ Free Podcast Course before doing anything to see if this is something you want to commit to. As with anything, it does take time. Before launching I would recommend you record at least 7 shows.”
Q: How do you bring awareness to the public about community cats?
“I like to bring information to the general public via my podcast(www.communitycatspodcast.com) and other educational events like my online cat conference (www.onlinecatconference.com). These are easy ways for people to learn how to help community cats without having to spend a lot of money on travel to an in person conference. The Community Cats Podcast isn’t judgemental and is open to anyone who is interested in learning more.”
”Stacy is just one of many wonderful volunteers that selflessly offers her help to better the lives of animals.