Shannon Colthorpe has been chosen as this year’s Animal Ambassador.
Shannon – affectionately known as The Cat Whisperer – is well known for her work with Kitty Cat PALS (Prevent A Litter Society), trapping feral or abandoned cats so they can be spayed or neutered, then adopted or if too feral, returned to the wild.
She has trapped dozens of cats, including assisting in finally capturing a feral who, it is estimated, had produced 80 to 90 kittens.
Shannon also fosters litters of kittens for the SPCA, socializing them so they are loving and will be easily adopted. Because of her unselfish determination to make life better for animals, the Courtenay Comox area is not over run with unwanted cats.
And it’s not only cats – she has also taken it upon herself to volunteer to walk dogs that are not able to get out for walks because their owners are older and not very mobile. She does this regularly because she cares for the animals and wants them to be living their best life.
Heroes are not the celebrities who use their celebrity to promote various causes, but often just themselves. They are the people who quietly just do the work. Like Shannon!