volunterofthemonth_oct2015_blogMeet Lilian!

Lilian and her husband, Bob, have been been providing love and care to foster pets for over 15 years! They are among our longest serving and most dedicated volunteers. As Seattle residents, they are also active with Seattle Humane and also Seattle Animal Shelter. They often trek down to Kent largely due to their joy in working with Foster Care Coordinator Lori Mason. Born in the Philippines as a Gemini, Lilian grew up in Tacoma with a deep love for dogs. A proud University of Washington grad, Lilian worked for more than 28 years for King County’s Treasury Department, where she recently retired from. Lilian often serves as event co-chair for RASKC volunteer gatherings. And she is a Zumba instructor. Read our Q&A with her below:

Q: How did you hear about RASKC?

A: King County employee email 15+ years ago. I am now retired from King County.

Q: What made you want to volunteer, especially to work with animals?

A: I love to take care of animals and they in turn offer unconditional love.

Q: What do you do when you aren’t volunteering at RASKC?

A: I foster mainly kittens and adult dogs. I have also fostered a special needs cat and dog. I either plan or co-chair setting up lunch or dinner events for the volunteers.

Q: What do you hope to gain from your experience as a volunteer with RASKC?

A: I hope to assist as many animals in King County to find the best forever homes.

Q: What is your life motto?

A: Enjoy and love your pet as best you can. Their time on earth is very short.

Q: What is your favorite park to take your dog(s) for a walk? / favorite activity to do with your dog?

A: Green Lake. My Schipperke dog named Levi looks forward to running and meeting other dogs at the dog park.

Q: What’s the best thing about your cat?

A: Our cat Reece is a former foster that we adopted although he had an eye condition. He immediately got along well with our own dogs. He now has his forever home.

Q: How would you describe your cat’s personality?

A: Reece is mellow and gets along well with all our foster animals. He is a kind little ambassador.

Q: What is the best advice you would give people who want pets?

A: Please make sure the animal is a perfect it for all family members. An animal is a life long commitment.

Q: Describe a memorable moment you’ve had with an animal? 

A: I adopted a foster Chihuahua dog Miki (formerly named Kiki) with 3 legs. I had nursed the foster dog when she had a severely broken leg that was later amputated. She has become a great addition to our household.

Interested in volunteering? Visit us on our homepage to learn about the program and various opportunities available on site or at home! http://www.kingcounty.gov/RASKCvolunteer