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Carrie Snyder, Published December 11 2011

Portraits: Julianne Canning

Julianne Canning is all about socializing – with cats, that is.

The Fargo woman serves as the volunteer coordinator for the F-M Humane Society and also volunteers socializing with the cats and kittens. “It’s a fancy way to say we play with the cats and give them lots of love and attention,” Canning said. “Some of these animals have had a traumatic start to life. We’re trying to turn it around for them.” Canning averages five to six hours a week filling in where she is needed, playing with, holding and brushing the cats and kittens who are waiting to be adopted. “It’s pretty simple, but it gives me a lot of joy, and I get that instant reward,” said Canning, who began volunteering about eight years ago. “They definitely tell you ‘thank you’ right away.”