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Meet the People: Jack Spivey

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Jack stands holding a small tabby kitten. They wear a black tee-shirt and a maroon jacket. Their hair is short and blue. Both cat and Jack smile.
Jack recommends volunteering to anybody interested in a career in animal welfare.

Congrats to Jack Spivey on their three-year CATiversary! Jack started with Cat Adoption Team as a volunteer adoption counselor five years ago, and then joined the shelter staff in 2021. Nowadays, you can find Jack greeting clients at reception, helping match families with cats, or wrangling kittens. We know Jack loves cats, but you might be wondering with their next favorite animal is. The answer is just a few questions away!

CAT: What’s your role at CAT and how long have you been involved with us?
Jack: These days I am a shelter associate and I was hired in 2021, but I first got involved as an adoption counselor back around 2018!

Do you have any pets? What can you tell us about them?
Jack: I have one cat personally, but there are six total in my home! My boy Emrys is a handsome tripod that I adopted from CAT almost seven years ago now, and I couldn’t ask for a sweeter, more polite kid! I adopted him shortly after his amputation surgery and despite my being a total helicopter parent in the start, he’s been brightening our lives with a hop skip and jump since.

Besides a cat, what’s your favorite animal?
Jack: I think bears are very cute so I was about to say them, but I think I would actually have to go with ravens because I love how smart they are and think it’s so fun how many clever (and naughty) tricks they’re able to teach themselves. They can even learn to talk!

What advice would you give to somebody interested in getting involved in animal welfare?
Jack: Start with volunteering! Animal welfare is super varied and not every position is for everyone, but you can almost always find volunteer opportunities in your chosen field as a fun way to see if it might be for you. The animals will certainly thank you!

What do you enjoy most about your role at Cat Adoption Team?
Jack: I love seeing cats of every shape and size and seeing just how different they can be. We see so much variety and it’s very fun to try and find what works best for them while we try to find their perfect match.

What movie or show can you rewatch over and over again?
Jack: I don’t usually like rewatching stuff nearly as much as seeking out new things, but I’ve seen The Road to El Dorado about a million times and will probably see it a million more. Something about it has always been so charming to me and I love the music as well!

What was your favorite childhood gym activity?
Jack: I was never much of a team sport kid, but I did do gymnastics when I was younger and remained a walking pretzel for at least the first half of my life, anything that involved tumbling or stretches I was a big fan of.

When you’re not at CAT, what do you like to do with your time?
Jack: I’m a bit of a homebody, so you’ll usually find me working on hobbies at home! I enjoy a variety of fibrecrafts like embroidery and lace making, as well as drawing, video games, and cosplay.

CAT: If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Jack: I would choose shapeshifting, hands down. Feel like a different hair style? Done. Need to be a little taller to reach a shelf? No problem. Want to be a new person or creature entirely? You can switch it up as the whim hits you! It feels like a bunch of powers in one, since you can just make yourself whatever you want to be and I’ve always thought that was super cool.

CAT: If you had to teach a class on one thing, what would you teach?
Jack: I wouldn’t consider myself an expert by any means, but I’d like to think I’m good enough at archery or cross-stitch to teach some newbies!

CAT: If you could instantly learn any language, what would it be?
Jack: I probably consume way too much Japanese media to not go with that!

CAT: Share a weird or wild fact you know.
Jack: I lived in Australia for a few years, which is infamous for its dangerous animals. This is true to the point that the top three most venomous snakes in the world are all found living there, and they have over a hundred different species of venomous snakes overall!

CAT: If you suddenly had a day off, what would you do with your time?
Jack: It depends on the day, but I know I’d be sleeping in! If I was lucky enough to have some inspiration I might get some drawing done, otherwise I would probably be playing video games or working on my latest cosplay. I have so much sanding and painting to do still, I have to take advantage of the sun!

If you’re in the shelter and see you Jack at the desk or caring for a litter of tiny kittens, say “hi!” Who knows, maybe you’ll have an in-depth conversation about cats, wildlife, or crafting.

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Cat Adoption Team (CAT) is the largest cat shelter in the Pacific Northwest. We offer adoption, foster care, and veterinary services to homeless cats and kittens.

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