My name is Tiffany LeMasters. I began volunteering with Wild Blue in July 2021 after I adopted a mama kitty and her two babies. My husband and I moved to Colorado Springs in September of 2020 with our dog. Shortly after moving here our dog fell ill with gastrointestinal disease. We decided to adopt her a cat. We adopted Thomas O’Malley in November 2020. While not a Wild Blue, I tell him everyday that since his kitty family is Wild Blue’s he can be too! At the beginning of summer 2021 our dog passed away and we all had a huge hole. I decided to move forward on adopting another cat. My niece (a vet tech) and husband were once stationed here. Wild Blue came highly recommended. I filled out the adoption application and was invited to the adoption fair on June 12th. Somehow, I went from 1 cat that day to 4. A week later Lotus was adopted into our home. From my first communication to this day, Wild Blue has been amazing! Vicky, their foster mom, and I have spoken every week since we brought them home! She’s amazing. I currently volunteer 3 shifts a week at the sanctuary. When our medical facility opens I’ll be helping out there as well!
I was born and raised on the coast of North Carolina where farm work and animals were plentiful in my life. My husband is an Army Veteran. We have one son that’s 23. I made a career as a Medical Esthetician and Educator. In 2016, what was supposed to be uncomplicated hysterectomy left me with permanent nerve damage. This abruptly affected my life and I stopped working in an office setting. In September of 2018, Hurricane Florence hit our area and we were forced to relocate. We moved to the DC/Maryland area temporarily before our permanent move here in 2020.
I’ve always felt I had a connection with animals. Loving and caring for them no matter what from a very young age. When I turned 16 and started driving, I started volunteering with animal rescues. I’ve worked with many different types of animals in great conditions and the worst you can image for a few decades. I have loved kitties and had them in my life for as long as I can remember. I’m grateful I found a place where I can share my love for kitties and help my community. In 2016, what was supposed to be uncomplicated hysterectomy left me with permanent nerve damage. In September of 2018, Hurricane Florence hit our area and we were forced to relocate. We moved to the DC/Maryland area temporarily before our permanent move here in 2020.
I have 4 Orange cats that I absolutely adore! My kitties help me everyday get stronger. They are my therapists. They like to lay all over me during bed rest times. What they don’t know is their weight really helps ease pain. Their silliness and spunky ways keep me entertained. My healers. Yes, I can tell them apart! People ask me that a lot! Thomas O’Malley is a lot like having a dog. He’s very needy and loves to go on walks. I harness trained him. Mama Anne is precious. She loves treats and laying by the fire. She talks to us a lot. Mama has recently learned to roll over for treats. Franklin and Lotus have had their share of sickness since we adopted. Shortly after we brought Lotus home she developed FIP and fell deathly ill. About 5 days later Franklin started showing symptoms. Lotus spent 5 days in critical care ICU. Vicky was right there for me. Lauri and Wild Blue didn’t hesitate to help Lotus and Franklin. She and Franklin were put on medicine and a treatment plan that required stability and dedication and a lot of money. There are no words to express how amazing my Wild Blue Family is and how so many stepped up to help me when I was so very helpless. My kittens survived FIP because of Wild Blue. They are EXTREMELY dedicated to their words, Once a Wild Blue ALWAYS a Wild Blue!
I feel so lucky to have Wild Blue in my life! When I’m not at the sanctuary I enjoy being outside in nature. I enjoy my cats and training them. I’m currently a Pet Sitter. I absolutely LOVE taking care of people’s pets! I’ve also joined a studio where I will practice Medical Esthetics part time. Volunteering at Wild Blue has helped me find a purpose and a family feeling. I feel so lucky to be a apart of this wonderful nonprofit! What I didn’t realize was I needed Wild Blue in my life. Volunteering at the sanctuary has been a major part of my healing journey.