Meet Marie and Dawn! Marie and her adult daughter Dawn are among the most dedicated and longest serving volunteers. They started volunteering together as kitty cuddlers in 2006. They have worked in many RASKC roles since that time. Marie now works regular cat-care shifts at Reber Ranch Cat-Care, plus she and Dawn staff RASKC’s booth at community events. Every week Dawn selects, photographs, and writes descriptions for RASKC’s Pet of the Week that she sends to several newspapers. She also updates RASKC photographs on Petfinder and has served as an instructor. Dawn and Marie often provide transportation to RASKC cats from Kent to the Meowtropolitan Café in Seattle. Thank you, Marie and Dawn!
Thanks to the Petco Foundation grant, our long awaited cat condos arrived last Friday and were immediately put to great use by our cat residents who have been excitedly purring and relaxing since being placed in their new homes. See pictures below or feel free to stop our pet adoption center in Kent!
Meet Sheryl! For the past many years Sheryl has been one of RASKC’s most prolific and humorous foster volunteers. She is one of four volunteers who has officially contributed more than 1,000 foster hours in each year for at least the past four years.
Meet Pat! RASKC pays tribute to superlative volunteer Pat Wynn, who recently completed her time with RASKC. She is a professional dog trainer with Blue Sky Canine Coaching, LLC, credentialed by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Pat is also a longtime volunteer at the Seattle Humane Society (SHS). Her work there is increasing in […]
RASKC recently received a $75,000 grant from Petco Foundation. The award came shortly after RASKC was recognized for being one of the highest-performing animal care agencies in the nation. Read the full story below or click to view the stories aired on KING 5 News.
- King County Executive News Release
- KING 5: More Pets Finding Homes in King County (interview with Dr. Gene Mueller)
- KING 5: “Cat condos” coming to King County Animal Shelter
- Watch live media feed (see below)!
Meet Marilyn and Jazz! Marilyn Wallace and her granddaughter Jazz Richard have contributed immensely to RASKC’s Early Morning Cat Crew and our Tukwila Petco Cat-Care Team. In only 1.5 years, Marilyn has worked about 400 shifts – truly astonishing- with Jazz often by her side. Jazz, who is homeschooled, will be going into 10th grade this fall. She will be taking an online class in veterinary medicine then. Marilyn serves on RASKC’s leadership team at Tukwila Petco. She often transports hundreds of pounds of Petco-donated goods to RASKC. Jazz often takes on the thankless task of washing the cat-related Petco laundry at home, then bringing it back to the store. RASKC volunteering is an entire family production including not only Marilyn and Jazz, but also Candi who is Jazz’s mother and Marilyn’s daughter. The threesome not only work shifts at Tukwila Petco and at RASKC/ Kent for Early Morning Cat Crew, they also work special adoption events and help staff pet-licensing booths at community festivals. Plus they’re a foster family too. Thank you, Marilyn, Jazz, and Candi!
pictured: Lori Mason (left), who spearhead the project, and Melissa Kelly (right) who helped in the designing of the room “I wanted to create a welcoming stay for cats until they find their forever home” says Lori Mason. Dreams can come true! Lori Mason, Licensed Veterinarian Technician and foster coordinator, has been eager to provide a […]
Meet David! David Howerton has impressed so many RASKC staff, volunteers, and customers with his amazing dedication and gentle disposition. While a great many RASKC volunteers are extraordinarily dedicated, not many can match the number of hours and shifts that David has contributed in a relatively brief period of time. From the time that he started seven months ago as a Cat Meet and Greet volunteer, he has worked more than 412 hours over 190 shifts. While this includes the time he has contributed with RASKC pet visits to a local retirement home, it does not include additional foster hours that he has given. Simply amazing. Not only is David extremely generous with his time, his affable and helpful nature makes everyone want to spend more time with him. Thank you, David!
RASKC, along with other pet agencies, were selected to take part in a fun, community service project held at Zulily‘s studios. The project was created in the hopes of raising awareness of shelter pets by donating their time and expertise to capture the pets in a softer light, namely in a home-like setting. Zulily, which provided exclusive access to their studios and creative staff, set three beautiful backdrops ranging from playful room, to the “We’re going on vacation!” feel, and finally “This is home” vibe.
Below is an interview with the two amazing professionals that took action and got involved! (to see photos from the shoot, scroll past interview).
THANK YOU JASON HERITAGE, SEAN GUMM AND THE WHOLE ZULILY TEAM!