Animal Welfare surprises 90-year-old volunteer on her birthday

Florence Sanders
Florence Sanders

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It was a special birthday surprise for a special volunteer at the Animal Welfare Department.

It was all about celebrating her 90th birthday.

Florence Sanders started volunteering at the Animal Welfare Department in 2013.

With limited experience, she started in the “Happy Cat” room and is now a fan favorite among the cats.

Sanders turns 90 on Wednesday, but they wanted to surprise her Monday.

“I certainly didn’t expect all of this, and this wonderful cake and flowers. I’ve always hated surprises but I kind of like this one,” Sanders said.

Sanders says she’s always been around pets but mostly dogs. That is, until she started volunteering. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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