Anna Harris Smith Legacy Society® Highlight: Pam Chatis


Pam Chatis is working out of how to help the Animal Rescue League of Boston! She is a volunteer, month-to-month donor,
and member of the Anna Harris Smith Legacy Society®. Along with her work with ARL, Pam additionally volunteers with the Home Rabbit Community of Westwood and Harvard College’s Arnold Arboretum.

Those that know Pam can attest that she is a busy bee. After acquiring her PhD in Virology and finishing a post-doc fellowship at MIT, she labored for a few years finding out molecular virology and infectious illnesses. She was additionally a aggressive athlete and avid runner earlier than an harm compelled her to decelerate — although clearly not in spirit. Even in retirement, she maintains a rigorous schedule, dedicating her time to the causes closest to her coronary heart.

Pam’s journey with ARL started over 26 years in the past when she made her first donation after seeing a narrative about our Wildlife and Rescue (now generally known as Subject Companies) division. ARL’s work with facilitating wildlife rescue was close to and expensive to Pam’s coronary heart. Rising up within the rural Worcester space, Pam would typically come throughout sick or injured squirrels and chipmunks and would assist look after and rehabilitate them.

Along with the wild critters she cared for, Pam’s household additionally had pet Beagles, rabbits, and parakeets. This foundational expertise helped rabbits turn out to be her “coronary heart animal.” Pam believes that they’re typically ignored compared to cats and canine, particularly as a result of rabbits are generally thought of livestock and never given the identical issues as their bigger, fluffier, companion animal counterparts.

This empathy for rabbits and different small animals has made Pam an unbelievable asset to our “smallies” workforce of volunteers right here at ARL. “Smallies” is the affectionate time period for small animals like rabbits, mice, hamsters, and guinea pigs utilized by our employees and volunteers. Pam additionally spends priceless time with cats demonstrating behavioral challenges comparable to fearfulness and aggression.

Although she has solely been a volunteer with ARL for a bit over a yr, her affect has been great. Pam’s data, dedication, and persistence has helped a lot of our shelter animals to show a nook behaviorally, blossoming from frightened and offended to calm, loving, and most significantly, adoptable. By going at their very own tempo and incomes their belief, Pam permits our most susceptible animals to search out the loving houses they deserve.

As a member of the Anna Harris Smith Legacy Society®, Pam’s deliberate reward will assist guarantee her affect will proceed past her worldly years. We’re extraordinarily honored to have Pam as a part of our group now and endlessly, as a result of her beneficiant legacy reward.

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