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 Volume 11, Issue 83  | October 15, 2019

Blue Bell Foundation for Cats says furr-well to Eric Mazzella as he leaves to focus on his education


For almost two years, Eric Mazzella has been a caregiver and nurturing friend to the residents of Blue Bell Cat Foundation. On Sunday, his fellow cat lovers and staff members said goodbye to him at a party held in his honor.

Blue Bell Happe

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Eric and Happe

Lindsey Arnette, volunteer coordinator at Blue Bell, says, “Eric was originally hired at Blue Bell two years ago, just to clean for the three weeks Santiago and Maria went on their yearly vacation. He did such a great job that he was asked him to stay, eventually becoming a Staff Caregiver! We have been lucky to have him for one year and 49 weeks longer than was planned!”

He has a busy summer ahead of him, with summer school and an internship with the City of Huntington Beach. And, he will be entering his final year as an engineering major at CSU Long Beach. 

Blue Bell cake

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Eric at his farewell party

Lindsay says, “He definitely has a lot on his plate. We are going to miss him, but know he has a bright future ahead of him, and we wish him well.”

Evidently, he has a lot of fans, both feline and human, and although we didn’t get any quotes from the cats, others had much to offer.

“Eric found his hidden love for cats after joining the Blue Bell family. He is a happy and kind guy which makes him the purrrfect cat man!” says Kat, a volunteer.

Blue Bell Kat

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Sally tries to get Kat’s cake 

Blue Bell Board Chairman Susan Hamil says, “Eric has been a great addition to our staff! He admits that he never envisioned himself enjoying caring for and medicating cats as a part time job and enjoying it!” 

“Eric was a pleasure to see at Blue Bell. The way in which he performed his tasks, medicating the kitties, feeding them or cleaning them, you could truly tell he cared. He always had a smile on his face and was kind and respectful to everyone. I am truly going to miss him,” says volunteer Bimali Walgampaya.

Good luck in your new endeavors, Eric. It’s clear you’ll be missed.

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