Donaline Murray

Excellence in Volunteerism Award Winner

OC Community Resources
OC Animal Care

Dona MurrayACTION: What does the volunteer do?

Donaline “Dona” Murray is an exceptional volunteer who works incredibly hard in a variety of assignments that support OC Animal Care’s goal of providing a second chance for shelter animals through pet adoption. Over the past two years, she has volunteered more than 846 hours at the shelter and contributed an additional 546 days off-site by serving as a foster caretaker for neonatal and sick animals. Dona’s volunteer endeavors include shelter activities such as socializing cats, providing customer service for the public and caring for kittens in the nursery. She also dedicates time to community events that promote shelter programs and works with the PETCO Cattery, which partners with OC Animal Care to increase cat adoptions. As a foster caretaker, Dona tends to animals in her home until they are big enough or healthy enough for adoption.

NEED: What community need does the volunteer address?

OC Animal Care benefits tremendously from Dona’s many volunteer activities and long-term commitment. The care and attention that she provides to shelter cats enhances the likelihood that they will secure placement in permanent, loving homes. Her dedication as a foster caretaker for neonatal and sick animals delivers the one-on-one nurturing that is not always available at the shelter. In addition, the individualized assistance that she offers to potential adopters who are visiting the shelter helps them determine which cats are an ideal match for their home environment and family dynamics. The training that Dona provides to new volunteers in the techniques of socializing shelter animals improves each animal’s quality of life and increases the likelihood of a successful adoption.

IMPACT: What is different as a result of the volunteer's service?

Dona’s capacity to foster newborn and sick animals has been a tremendous resource for OC Animal Care. In addition, she has taken a special interest in the shelter’s ill and injured cats that may be available for adoption, but are held in secluded areas of the facility. To assist these very isolated animals, Dona creates flyers that feature the cats and kittens and posts them in cat adoption trailers. Her efforts have played a significant role in promoting the adoption of “special needs” cats by increasing their visibility for potential adopters.

INSPIRATION: What makes the volunteer unique/special?

Dona is unique in that she participates in every aspect of OC Animal Care’s cat program, including cat socialization, kitten nursery duties, PETCO Cattery involvement and training new volunteers on animal handling as well as the shelter’s policies and procedures. She is particularly focused on working with “special needs” cats and kittens that might otherwise be overlooked by shelter visitors. Dona is a valued and appreciated member of OC Animal Care’s volunteer team, and her diligent efforts over the past two years have resulted in the placement of countless shelter animals that now live with loving, responsible families.

Thank you and congratulations to Donaline Murray, recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Volunteerism Award!

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