2017 December Volunteer of the Month: Marcia Klein-Horsham
Meet Marcia! Marcia has been one of RASKC’s most prolific foster volunteers since 2008. For a few years she and volunteer Melissa Edlund sponsored a critter cottage specifically to care for lots of RASKC foster animals. Marcia has led and participated in many special adoption events over the years and almost always seems ready to help out in the most positive ways. Since 2011, Marcia has donated almost 9,000 hours to RASKC. Thank you, Marcia!
Q: How did you hear about RASKC?
A: Google of course! I went on line looking for volunteer opportunities in the Kent area.
Q: What made you want to volunteer, especially to work with animals?
A: I initially planned to volunteer at PICC to help snuggle the drug addicted babies, but they had a huge waiting list. Then I saw the opportunity to help animals and I went for it.
Q: What do you do when you aren’t volunteering at RASKC?
A: I work full time as a legal assistant for the City of Kent Prosecutors Office. I enjoy spending time with my amazing husband George, and hanging out with all of our own critters! I also like reading and binge watching my favorite TV shows. Game nights with friends are great too!
Q: What have you gained and hope to gain from your experience as a volunteer with RASKC?
A: I have met some wonderful people who have the same passion of helping animals prepare for and find their forever families. I have made some good friends and feel like I have made a difference in the lives of many animals.
Q: What is your life motto?
A: “Always treat others the way you would like to be treated”. There is way too much meanness and cruelty in our world today, and it is really heartbreaking.
Q: What is your favorite park to take your dogs for a walk? And other favorite activities with them?
A: We actually have three dogs – Zoe, Marley and our new puppy Bodhi. They love to go to the French Lake dog park, as well as walking on the Boardwalk by Redondo. They also love playing together and snuggling on the couch with us while we watch T.V.
Q: What’s the best thing about your cats?
A: We have four cats. Romeo, Eva, Golden and Pita. The best thing about them is their totally fun and unique personalities. Also the fact that they all get along with each other and with the other members of the pack is really nice.
Q: How would you describe your cats’ personalities?
A: Romeo is the oldest and he is the “King of the Castle”. Eva is the calm, quiet one. Golden is the Hunter and is always bringing us “presents” that we don’t want. Pita is the baby and a total love bug.
Q: What is the best advice you would give people who want pets?
A: Remember that your pet is a part of the family and a lifelong commitment. They are a big responsibility but well worth it!
Q: Describe a memorable moment you’ve had with an animal.
A: Doing the adoption events is always so much fun. Watching the people interact with the animals while trying to find the right fit for their family is truly heartwarming. At one of our adoption events a family was looking to adopt a kitten. We also had a young mama cat there in a fold up crate. Somehow their little daughter crawled into the crate and was hugging and playing with the cat. Needless to say she was the one they chose. Or I guess she chose them!
Q: What else would you like to say about foster volunteering or volunteering otherwise for RASKC?
A: Volunteering will absolutely change a person’s life. Volunteering with animals is especially rewarding because there are so many animals needing help. Fostering puppies and/or kittens, getting them healthy and big enough for surgery, then helping them find their forever homes – there is no better feeling in the world! After doing this for over 12 years, I actually took a little break from fostering this year. So my advice would be know your limits, follow your heart, and as long as you are loving it…….. JUST DO IT!