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June 12, 2014

Reichert: Cats just need to be loved

THOMASVILLE — Waunell Reichert, who recently graduated from Thomas University with an associate’s degree in psychology, asked that those wanting to give her a gift for her accomplishment make donations to Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary in her honor.

As of today, more than $800 has been donated.

“I never expected the amount of donations we received,” said Reichert. “I expected a small amount. Every little bit of change adds up and before I knew it, checks just kept coming in.”

Before her graduation, Reichert was asked by several people what she wanted as a present.

“They all wanted to know what they could give me. I didn’t need anything and I didn’t want anything, but they could give to Miss Kitty,” she said.

Reichert’s love for cats began five years ago when her son gave her his feline, B.R. The kitten was found by her son, Brett Reichert, near a pool while he was living in Texas. He tried to give the kitten away, but eventually took the kitten to the humane society.

After much thought, he decided to go back to the humane society and take the kitten home with him. When he got to the shelter, Brett was quickly able to identify the kitten.

Reichert remembered, “I got the cat when he moved to France for two years because of work. I decided to keep the cat after one of his friends decided they didn’t want him— and now I’ve had B.R. for five years. Cats just need to be loved.”

Reichert is very thankful for the donations to Miss Kitty and expressed her appreciation to her friends and family who contributed donations to help find homes for countless cats. She was amazed by the outpour of generosity in her honor.

She said, “It blows my mind. I either have a lot of friends or there are a lot of cat lovers.”

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