Posted at: 10/06/2013 10:45 PM
Summer of Service; Cassie Nack
ABC 6 News is team up with Youth Service America to find youth making a difference in their community through local non-profits. The three winners of the summer of service award are chosen and tonight our second winner volunteers at the Mower County Humane Society.
Taking care of more than a hundred cats and kittens is no piece of cake. Sweeping cages and cleaning litter boxes is part of a weekly routine for 12-year-old Cassie Nack.
"They get fresh water, food get a fresh room, it's not glamorous it's just work,” said Cassie Nack, Summer of Service Award Winner.
"She must of truly been in love with cats because after scooping poop with us for a couple years, she's still coming in,” said Kelly Rush with the Mower County Humane Society.
Every Sunday Cassie choses to spend her morning at the Mower County Humane Society. While the job does take a little elbow grease, it's her love for these little rascals that keeps her coming back.
"Cassie is a hard worker and she's dedicated and she's reliable all of the above and she absolutely loves the job,” said Rush.
"I’m just so proud of her that instead of sleeping in our sitting up till 3:00 A.M. watching movies, she's like oh I have cats tomorrow,” said Cassie’s mom, Michelle.
Her efforts over the past couple years of keeping these cats clean and happy has earned her the summer of service award.
"I was like no way and all my friends were so syked that I won and they're just like no way and I’m like no way,” said Cassie.
"I’m very excited for her because you know what she does is wonderful, the commitment at 12 and being recognized and then this place getting a $1,000,” said Michelle.
A thousand dollars that will go a long way for the shelter. It will go towards food, vet checkups and a new jungle gym for the cats. Cassie says keeping the cats and kittens happy is what it’s all about.
"Cleaning is just one part, it's just a very small part that you could do to help them but it's well worth it,” said Cassie.
Cassie did want us to note that if you are interested in adopting a cat or dog, the shelter has open hours for you to visit with the animals. That's every Sunday from 2-4pm as well as Tuesday nights.