February 2021: Outstanding Volunteer: Oscar Avila
Meet Oscar! RASKC is enormously pleased to shine the spotlight on Outstanding New Volunteer Oscar Avila. He serves as a “red” Dog Walker, which means he walks the dogs in our adoption area who are in most need of skillful guidance. In pre-COVID times, Oscar worked a weekly two-hour shift with RASKC dogs. In his mid-20s, bilingual, a rugby player, and a resident of Kent, Oscar has shown tremendous enthusiasm. He has even assisted with a Warm 106.9 “Wet Nose Wednesday” video for the radio station’s website that featured one of our difficult-to-adopt “red” dogs.
Oscar has also served as a foster parent for two community organizations- Forgotten Dogs Rescue and Must Love Corso. “I absolutely love to foster. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and joy to know how much of a difference we make in these animals’ lives,” said Oscar. “I’ve been volunteering for years now, and it’s one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.”
Oscar has a 15-month-old chocolate lab of his own, named Kona. “My family is very close to each other. Growing up we’ve always had dogs- mainly small breeds. The dogs would always get closer to my mom. I grew up in Seattle in a small apartment. My family didn’t have much, but we always made it work. My parents taught be to be grateful for what we did have.” RASKC is very grateful to you, Oscar!