We had the good fortune of connecting with Keely Thomas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Keely, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Behind the success of me and my efforts, there is one thing pulling everything together-struggle. Struggle truly is the backbone of what I do, and what all animal rescuers do. Without struggle, there would be no opportunities for animal rescuers to take action. In order to rescue an animal, they must struggle first. Whether their struggle is medical, neurological, having to do with abuse or neglect, or anything else, a struggle is necessary in order to be rescued.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been fostering kittens and advocating for animal rights since I was twelve. I am now fifteen, and I have decided to dedicate my life to what I do. I am extremely excited to reach out beyond the care of just felines and help other animals. I am where I am today thanks to the help of the rescue I work with, Love Your Feral Felines. I am where I am now due to struggle. I have wanted to give up due to losses and other hardships, but I always think of the kittens first. If I don’t help them, who else will? I always put the kittens’ needs before my own. I have learned that it is not possible to save them all, but it is possible to love them all. Even if a kitten is unable to be saved, it is always possible to love them and give them a good life while they are able to live one. I want the world to know that animal rescue is not always rainbows and unicorns, but it is beautiful.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It may not be everyone’s style, but I would take my friend to an animal sanctuary. I would show them around, introduce them to the animals, and preach about animal welfare.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to thank Hannah Shaw, known as Kitten Lady, and Andrew Marttila for inspiring me to become an advocate for animal welfare. Andrew and Hannah and their efforts have a huge impact on who I am today. I would also like to thank my parents for their endless amounts of support. And, of course, I would like to thank Love Your Feral Felines for their support and recognition.
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