Meet Linda! Linda Bowen is one of RASKC’s most extraordinary foster volunteers. For over 10 years, she has been going the extra mile so often. When Linda takes care of “bottle babies,” she feeds the kittens about every two hours- all night and all day. We cannot thank Linda enough for having contributed over 9,500 foster hours, not including the years prior to 2012. She contributed over 2,170 hours last year, plus over 1,000 foster hours in each of three other recent years. Linda is part of a caring cabal, including Becky Rubeck and Melody Johnson, who help each other with little ones in the greatest need of foster skills and love. Linda has also been absolutely stalwart in helping with RASKC rummage sales that funded the shelter’s catio and items in the cat-colony rooms. Thank you, Linda!!
Q: How did you hear about RASKC?
A: I was looking for a kitten. A friend who fosters referred me to RASKC.
Q: What made you want to volunteer, especially to work with animals?
A: I have always had cats. I love the unconditional love- it goes both ways. They truly appreciate the care.
Q: What do you do when you aren’t volunteering at RASKC?
A: I’m a quilter. I make American Hero blocks and quilts for the babies in Valley Medical Center’s NICU (neonatal intensive care unit).
Q: What have you gained from your experience as a volunteer with RASKC?
A: Friends- furry and human. I feel a real sense of satisfaction when I save a kitten.
Q: What is your life motto?
A: I don’t really have a motto, but I try to do the best I can and help when I can.
Q: What is your favorite activity to do with your dogs?
A: My husband has a German Shepherd. We have 10 acres, so she has lots of room. She loves to run and fetch.
Q: What is the best thing about your cats?
A: I have four cats. The best part is that two of them snuggle and sleep with me.
Q: How would you describe your pets’ personalities?
A: All of my cats are rescues with a great variety of personalities.
Q: What is the best advice you would give people who want pets?
A: Patience. Don’t just get a pet to have one. Take time to make sure the personality fits your lifestyle.
Q: Describe a memorable moment you’ve had with an animal.
A: My favorite cat would imitate my actions.
Q: What else would you like to say about volunteering for RASKC?
A: Even if you can only help one animal, you’ve made a life-changing difference for that one.
Interested in volunteering! We’d love to have you! For more information visit us at: kingcounty.gov/RASKCVolunteer