A Kitsap Humane Society volunteer recently set a record with his 3,000th cat adoption after matching a tiny gray tabby kitten named Molly with a customer.
George Luzik has volunteered at Kitsap Humane Society for six years, and his milestone adoption occurred Aug. 29, during the height of kitten season, according to a press release. Luzik’s total number of adoptions is nearly 500 more than any other volunteer or staff member in the last 10 years.
“George is one of our lead Cattery volunteers, helping mentor new volunteers and comforting our shy, unsocialized cats,” KHS Director of Animal Welfare & Animal Control Sarah Moody-Cook said. “He is completely invaluable, as he’s highly dedicated, very reliable, and always has a great attitude.”
Luzik volunteers at the shelter four days a week with his wife Kay, assisting with cat adoptions. He started volunteering at the humane society after retiring from civil service. According to the release, he initially thought he’d only be cleaning kennels, but he soon learned he could interact and socialize with cats in the Cattery.
Luzik said the trick to helping shelter cats find their homes is finding a good match between the cat and the adopter.
“I like to make sure people don’t go home with any expectations that can’t be met,” Luzik said. “They must be a good fit for the pet, and the pet must be a good fit for them.”