Humane Society of Central Illinois


This spring one of our very special kitties joined the Bloomington workforce. His job? Saving lives!  Not human lives, but the lives of other kitties just like him! Winter was adopted by the Animal Emergency Clinic to become a blood donor for kitties in need. He also gets to help soothe clients as they wait for their pets to be examined or treated. He has taken time in his busy day to write us a letter to let us know how much he loves his new job! Good luck, Winter - we are very proud of you!

Hi All,

A huge Kitty Hello to all my pals back at the HS. Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how great my new home is. You see, I've actually been employed and taken up residency at my place of employment. I know, I know, what in the world would I be qualified to do, and who would hire me? Well, little did I know, my size (and charm, I'd like to think) made me an ideal candidate for the position of Co-Feline Blood Donor for the Animal Emergency Clinic here in Bloomington. WOW! What a title, eh? You remember when the recruiters came the other day, asking questions and snapping photos? Well, I guess when all was said and done, it was nearly a unanimous decision by the hiring board to offer me the position! How could I say 'no'? Besides, the job is so easy, I just have to be a gentleman around the clients, courteous to the patients, and chummy with my co-donor, George. (I think he's a little slow, but that's cool.) Oh, and sucking up to the staff is the best part of the job. It usually results in lots of personal attention, heavy petting, and kitty treats...oh, those scrumptiously delicious kitty treats! (Hang on, I think I just drooled on myself. Oops, I did how embarrassing!) I'm not too sure what the whole "blood donor" thing is, but George tells me that once in a great while a fellow feline who is really sick might come into the clinic in need of a blood transfusion. Basically, what this means is if he or she needs blood to save their life, either George or I will give up a little to help them out. That's it, it's so easy - what a cushy job, no?

George & Winter

The staff here is just super nice, and George is fast becoming my best buddy. He tells me he is a rescued "Cymric" (I'm not real sure what that means yet, but I think that's why he doesn't have a tail - I know, a bit freaky to look at at first, but you do get used to it.). George has been employed here for quite a while now, so he's been able to show me the ropes. He's a real nice guy, a little shy at first, but real personable once you get to know him (and like I said before, I think he's a bit slow). He's just a down-right nice guy, you all would love him! I'll see if I can get someone to take a picture of the two of us here at work, so you all can see us "on the job."

Anyway, I'd better go for now (there is a client coming in...time to turn on the charm and get to work!). I'm hoping some of you might get the chance to stop in for a visit sometime, but I know with everyone's hectic schedules how difficult it can be. Well, hope you all are doing well. Oh!  And a personal meow to all the kitties in the adult cat room, I really miss you guys...Doris and Cassidy, I hope you find your forever homes real soon! Catch y'all later!

TTFN!  Mr. Yukon Cornelius, Feline Blood Donor for the Animal Emergency Clinic (Formerly - "Winter" of the Humane Society of Central Illinois)

Name of Pet:Mr. Yukon Cornelius  
Type of Pet:Cat
Gender of Pet:Male
Age of Pet at Adoption:   4 years
Month / Year Adopted:May 2004
Name of Pet at HSCI:Winter