////Volunteer Appreciation Month: Michiko Hashimoto

Michiko Hashimoto, Volunteer Since 2012

A Cat Care Champion

Since 2012, Michiko has given her time to benefit the well-being of our felines at North Shore Animal League America. Michiko’s love for cats began during her childhood in Japan, with a mischievous four-legged companion who stole her heart. Michiko was devastated when her parents gave the cat away, but miraculously her beloved pet escaped and found his way home; cementing her lifelong passion for cats and the enduring bonds we form with them.

Volunteer Michiko Hashimoto

Now as a volunteer at Animal League America, Michiko finds enjoyment in providing care to the cats awaiting their adoption day. She is among the few who can remember the space before Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center was built, and so has a particular appreciation of the beautiful, sunny and cage-free environment our cats and kittens now enjoy.

One of Michiko’s favorite aspects of her shift is feeding time. She takes pleasure in the excitement of the cats as they eagerly await their meals and finds joy in making them happy. Her dedication and positive attitude have not gone unnoticed by her fellow volunteers and staff. As Lead Feline Kennel Manager Michael Spiotta said, “Michiko always shows up to volunteer with a smile on her face and a bounce in her step! She is passionate about providing all that is needed for the felines in our care, and even comes in on extra days if help is needed!”

Volunteer Michiko Hashimoto

Michiko’s connection to Animal League America runs deep, having adopted two of her own cats. And our no-kill promise holds profound meaning for Michiko, as she has observed over time how cats of all conditions and ages eventually find their way home. “Sometimes people come in and say, ‘I want to adopt the cat no one wants’ and it’s really amazing,” she noted.

North Shore Animal League America is grateful for volunteers like Michiko, whose empathy and good nature enrich our animals and our organization.

Volunteer Michiko Hashimoto

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month

At North Shore Animal League America, we could not perform all of the hands-on work that we do without the help of our incredible team of dedicated volunteers.

If you’d like to learn more about the Volunteer Program and available opportunities, please visit animalleague.org/volunteer.

By |2024-04-01T09:38:17-04:00March 27th, 2024|