An Inspiring Story about Rescuing Animals & Grief Manifesting in a Beautiful Way – Professor X the Hiking Cat

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Clara Lee has already achieved so much. She set up the Hopkins Belize Humane Society, which has been instrumental in not only spaying & neutering animals in Belize, but also educating the locals about animal health and welfare. She is also an inspiring human being, who has found a beautiful way to grieve her late husband – by training her cat to be a therapy cat, to comfort others who are in the same position as her late husband. In this episode, Clara Lee shares about her amazing journey and experiences and her thought process.

In this episode we cover:

  • Clara’s interesting story about how got involved with animal rescue.

  • Clara tells us more about her late husband.

  • The concept of “Paying it forward.”

  • More about Belize.

  • Clara’s journey to cultural change

  • Volunteers and Veterinary Teams for Hopkins Belize Humane Society

  • The story of how Professor X came into their lives.

  • What is a therapy cat or service animals.

  • Requirements for becoming a therapy cat.

  • Finding more information about training therapy cats.

  • The story of Clara and her husband helping cats, offering their home and raised bottle babies.

  • Clara finding a way to honor his husband through the work that she does with Professor X.

  • The difference between Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals and Therapy Animals.

  • Requirements and training needed for therapy cats.

  • Places to go to for more information on certifications for therapy cats.

  • Travelling, hiking and cat exploring with Professor X.

  • Professor X’s experience in the Belize Zoo.

  • The calmness of Professor X.

  • What Clara wants to see in the future with regards to cats exploring with their humans.

  • The most entertaining things that people have said to Clara while out and about with Professor X.

  • The cat explorers that inspire her.

  • Product or service that has been a game changer for Professor X.

Guest - Clara-Lee & Professor X

Instagram - @professorxthehikingcat

Facebook – Professor X the Hiking Cat

Twitter - @ProfXtheCat

Animal Welfare Work

Hopkins Belize Humane Society

Pay it Forward Movie (2000)

Therapy Cats

Registering of therapy cats - Pet Partners 

Belize Zoo

Instagram accounts mentioned




Thank you to our amazing sponsor, Supakit.


Music for this episode was composed and performed by Kory McIntyre.

Cover Art

The photo used for the cover art for Season 2 of the Catexplorer Podcast was taken by @littlegreysadventures.