• RASKC volunteer role: Kirkland Cat-Care Team since 2014!; awarded RASKC’s Exceptional Youth recognition.
  • Graduating from: Juanita High School (Kirkland).
  • Future plans: To attend Lewis & Clark College in Oregon and to continue with my art work.

What did you like about RASKC volunteering? Most of all I liked the cats, as well as the dogs when they were around. Each one had a unique personality. Even just for the short time I knew any given animal, it was something heartwarming- like Athena being the most energetic kitten to zoom around, or Kam destroying feathers on the ends of sticks, or Lovey Dovey being an absolute sweetheart, as well as one of few cats to want to go on walks.

What is something that you learned during RASKC volunteering? I learned a lot about interacting with animals, primarily cats- but also some dogs, who often were stressed from the circumstances that they had arrived under. I learned when to approach or give a cat space, as well as how to guide people who were looking to adopt.

Given the COVID quarantine, what is something that is helping you get through these unprecedented times?  During the quarantine I have made heavy use of online platforms to stay in touch with people beyond my immediate family. I’m part of a fairly long running online Starfinder campaign that thankfully started before the pandemic. So without much change I continued on with that. Drawing has also been a nice escape, and it only requires a pencil and paper. Both are activities that engage with a creative part of myself and can balance my desire for socializing or some time with myself respectively.