Meet Becky! This most amazing foster volunteer has provided round-the-clock care for 264 kittens, most of whom were bottle babies, plus 21 mama cats since 2008. Becky is the feline foster extraordinaire, who has donated well over 1,000 hours each year she has volunteered for RASKC. Not only has Becky cared for hundreds of fur babies, she also has made two baby books for almost every kitten and cat she has fostered—one book for the adoptive family and one book for Becky to keep.Becky has played a huge role in organizing all four of the major RASKC Volunteer Appreciation Banquets in Kent. She has been a great team member in so many ways- attended countless planning meetings, designed the decor, procured lots of donations, made and contributed gorgeous quilts, purchased many supplies, recruited an artist friend and Becky’s spouse to donate their amazing expertise multiple time.Becky has also worked many special adoption events and RASKC rummage sales too.

Q: How did you hear about RASKC?

A: I started fostering July 2008. I saw an ad in the newspaper. I’ve been fostering nine months a year since that time. So that’s 24 hours a day, from bottle feeding every three hours around the clock to just playing with kittens to socialize them. I have fostered 264 kittens and 21 momma cats since July 2008. The baby books were started in September 2008, so I have made a lot of books for their new families.

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

A: I started fostering, because I wanted to help save tiny baby kittens. I found a week old kitten in the bushes. He didn’t die. So, if I saved his life, I could help at the shelter. Then I saw the newspaper ad, and I applied.

Q: What have you gained from your experience as a volunteer with RASKC?

A: It makes me feel good about myself to save and/or give a kitten a second chance at life. They didn’t ask to be left or abandoned.

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

A: Al and I love to travel. And I love to make quilts. I also spend time with senior citizens—taking them to lunch, doing their shopping, cleaning their house or apartment. And they love to go to the casinos. They get so excited when they win. Just getting them out of their homes and out in public. I also love to cook and bake!!!

Q: What is your life motto?

A: Live every day as if it were your last! And laugh a lot!!!

Q: How would you describe your pets’ personalities?

A: We have a cat who thinks she’s a dog. She was one of my fosters. She is sickly and nobody wanted her. So we adopted her. She’s good company and very friendly. She greets all the families who come over to see the foster kittens and cats. Al walks his dog. I buy all her toys. I’m allergic to her, so I don’t spend a lot of time with the dog.

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

A: My most memorable moment was kitten DeNiro. I got him when he was six weeks old. He was diagnosed with brain cancer at two and a half months old. I was shocked, but I made the decision to keep him until he passed away at nine months old. At least I gave him lots of love and he had a normal life for his short life. I didn’t want him to spend what life he had left in a cage.

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

A: Get information about the cat, dog, kitten, or puppy you want to adopt—how to feed and what it takes to take care of your new pet. It is more than just giving them food and water. They need love and cuddling and lots of playtime. Also their health needs are very important. If you can’t afford vet bills if your animal gets sick, you shouldn’t invest in adopting an animal. Animals do get sick just like humans.

 Interested in fostering? Check out the process here and / or contact us directly!