2018 September Volunteer of the Month: Jennie Larson
Meet Jennie! RASKC is extremely pleased to honor Jennie who performs outstanding work in several roles at RASKC. Many people have noted on Jennie’s tremendous proficiency, very pleasant demeanor, and exceptional attendance. She has been working a weekly shift on our Cat Meet and Greet Team since 2015. She has been walking dogs at RASKC since 2016. Jennie has trained dozens of new volunteers in both roles. She also leads RASKC’s monthly family outreach event at Seattle Meowtroplitan Cafe and has been invaluable to in our social media presence thanks to all her postings of all our adoptable pets on Instagram. Thank you, Jennie!
Q: How did you hear about RASKC?
A: I volunteered at RASKC about 14 years ago I did a dog training class for people who had recently adopted. Then I stepped away until 4 years ago. A friend of mine did cat meet and greet with her daughter and i thought it would be something fun to do with my son.
Q: What made you want to volunteer, especially to work with animals?
A: I have always loved all animals and wanted to work with animals. I trained dogs for about 11 years until I moved here from Colorado. Volunteering at the shelter gives me the opportunity to work with animals and people who love animals too.
Q: What do you do when you aren’t volunteering at RASKC?
A: I am a preschool teacher. I love to work with children and watch them discover and learn new things.
Q: What have you gained and hope to gain from your experience as a volunteer with RASKC?
A: I have made many friendships with people whom I would may have never known, that is fulfilling in itself, but to be able to put my skills to use to help the OCT’s and ACT’s as well as the vet staff and make their jobs easier is what i’m there for.
Q: What is your life motto? I guess I never thought of a life motto.
A: I believe in treating all things, even spiders, with kindness and respect.
Q: If you have a dog, what is your favorite park to take your dog for a walk? What was a favorite activity that you liked to do with your dog?
A: My dog is old now and unable to take walks but when he was younger we walked on the Soos Creek Trail. He loved to get his feet wet in the Cedar River too.
Q: If you have any cats, what’s the best thing about your cat?
A: They both brought much needed youth to our home.
Q: How would you describe your pets’ personalities?
A: My cats are the best. Both were adopted here Ben who is 1 year old is the crazy inquisitive one who will not be detoured from what he wants. Anakin, our newest addition is sweet and kind and loves to ride on my shoulder.
Q: What is the best advice you would give people who want pets?
A: I would say research, especially when adopting a dog. Don’t just get that cute puppy, know the breed, know what it takes to own them and be committed to giving that pet the love and attention it deserves.
Q: Describe a memorable moment you’ve had with an animal.
A: I have had many, I grew up on a non-working farm in the mountains of Colorado. We had all kind of animals and not a whole lot of things to do. I spent my time training all the animals. My biggest accomplishment was teaching one of our chickens, Roxy, to sit. Proof that any animal can learn.
Q: What else would you like to say about volunteering for RASKC?
A: If you have time to give, do it. Volunteering is so fulfilling and so worth it.
Interested in volunteering? We’d love to have you!
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