August 2021 Volunteer of the Month: Sandip Van
Meet Sandip! With tremendous pleasure RASKC names Sandip Van as a Volunteer of the Month. She has been walking dogs at RASKC since 2014, except during the pandemic. For the past several years Sandip also served as one of the classroom instructors for RASKC’s Dog Team 101. Additionally, she serves as a training mentor for new Dog Walkers. Sandip is super skilled, dedicated, and delightful to work with. Thank you, Sandip!Q: What prompted you to begin volunteering for RASKC?
A: I wanted to give back to my community, and my first thought was to find a way to work with dogs. I have always had a soft spot for dogs. .Q: Please describe a memorable moment you’ve had while volunteering.
A: I’ve had many memorable experiences with pups at RASKC. One in particular was with a dog that was at RASKC for a while. The longer the dog is there, the more attached you get to them. Titus was an energetic red dog who gave the best cuddles. It was wonderful to see him recover from a small injury and get adopted. .Q: Tell us about yourself.
A: I grew up mostly in south King County. I’m a mom of a toddler and two small puppies, who are seven and eight years old. I have also lived in Fresno, California. I definitely prefer the Pacific Northwest! .Q: How would you describe your pets’ personalities?
A: I have two dogs, Spock and Captain Kirk. They don’t often run out of energy! They have widely different personalities. Spock is quiet, reserved, and loves to get belly rubs and cuddles. Kirk is a bit more rambunctious and is always getting into trouble. They definitely have a “sibling” rivalry going. .Q: What do you do when you aren’t volunteering at RASKC?
A: Being a mom to a young child takes most of my time. I also work in the insurance industry. In my free time I enjoy walking, exploring, foraging, camping, and going on weekend getaways. .Q: What would you like to say about volunteering for RASKC?
A: RASKC has been a wonderful place to volunteer, from working with the staff and getting to know other volunteers to having the opportunity to work and play with some very memorable and lovable pups. I’m grateful for the trust RASKC places in its volunteers.