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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

 

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5. VolunteroftheMonth_May2017_VoMpageMeet Pia! Pia provides outstanding volunteer service as the Co-Lead of RASKC’s Kirkland Team. Since October 2015 she has juggled the schedules of more than 175 volunteers. During 2016-17 she has been the initial point of contact for about 76 new volunteers. Last year RASKC volunteers at Kirkland donated more than 5, 5657 hours with Pia’s assistance and leadership. With great cheer and extraordinary diplomacy, Pia has very effectively addressed a great range of issues from assisting volunteers with using Volgistics to helping customers adopt a new furry member of their family. Since 2015, Pia and her daughter Freja have worked a regular weekly shift at Kirkland. Thank you, Pia!

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R.A.S.K.C By: Arya & Ashlee Our names are Ashlee Snider and Arya Srivastava, and we are part of Girl Scout Troop 43810, made from 8 girls ages 10-11 years old. Each year we donate our leftover Girl Scout cookie money to an animal shelter, and this year we have decided to donate to R.A.S.K.C. We […]

Take a tour with our own animal care technician who will provide you with a ‘Behind the Scenes’ look at our Eastside Pet Adoption Center located inside Petco in Kirkland. Learn what it’s like to be an animal care tech, cat condos, and get a chance to see what adoptable furry friends we have waiting for you!


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Meet Christina! Christina serves with valor in the very demanding role as RASKC’s Dog Team Scheduler for the volunteers based in Kent. She works very hard to ensure there is enough volunteer coverage – but not too much- to care for the dogs for each of six shifts every day. Last year she juggled the schedules of 99 volunteers who contributed a total of 3,746 hours. As an Information Technology professional, Christina crunches Dog Team data in many ways. She can identify, for example, how many volunteers arrive on time for their shifts, and how often volunteers request an absence, including last-minute absences. Christina also worked a weekly early morning shift with RASKC dogs for over two years prior to becoming the scheduler. Thank you, Christina!

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3-volunterofthemonth_mar2017_vompageMeet Jayne! Jayne is one of RASKC’s longest serving volunteers, working in a variety of roles. Jayne began fostering about 24 years ago, and she continues to foster. Jayne helped launch RASKC’s Tukwila Petco Cat-Care Team in 2013, and she has been serving as Lead Volunteer of the team ever since. Jayne also fills in on Early Morning Cat Crew. Jayne worked several summers in RASKC’s Mission Reunite: Help & Hope for Lost Pets program. For many years Jayne worked a weekly shift on the Dog Team. She served as a Dog Team mentor and helped out with special adoption events. Jayne still helps with dogs for Comcast filming. Thank you, Jayne!

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