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.

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Meet Kaiya! RASKC is extremely happy to shine the limelight on Exceptional Youth Kaiya Xayavong, who serves as a foster volunteer. She also spent a summer working on RASKC’s Early Morning Cat Crew. Kaiya is a first-year student at the University of Washington, where she’d like to major in biology. Kaiya aims toward becoming a pediatrician.

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We have come up with a few “outside the box” volunteer opportunities for our community. This has resulted in some creative outlets to spruce up our environment. Kye recently dropped off a bucket full of painted rocks. RASKC staff had a blast using them to decorate our upgraded pet food bank, and they have brightened the space up as you’re approaching our front doors. See video below, images and Q&A with the artist: Kye!

Thank you Kye for thinking of RASKC and sharing your hobby with us

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View expanded postings featuring over 20 RASKC volunteers.

To the graduating class of 2020, especially to our RASKC community of volunteers, we celebrate this moment with you and offer heartfelt congratulations. For the rest of the month, we will be proudly featuring our future leaders who have voluntarily stepped up to help RASKC in so many ways — from the compassion of helping pets, to providing excellent service to our community and more…Thank you for all you do for people and pets!

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  • RASKC volunteer role: Reber Ranch Cat-Care Team since 2018.
  • Graduating from: Kentlake High School (Kent).
  • Future plans: To study at Green River College.
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  • RASKC volunteer role: Fostering animals with her family since 2005.
  • Graduating from: Kentwood High School (Kent).
  • Future plans: To major in accounting at the University of Portland.
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  • 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.
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  • RASKC volunteer role: Fostering cats and kittens with his family since 2006.
  • Graduating from: Mount Rainier High School (Des Moines).
  • Future plans: To find a job, save money, then move to South Dakota for a gap year. Then attend college with the goal of becoming a psychologist.
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  • RASKC volunteer roles:  Cat Meet & Greet Team since 2017; fostering animals with his family since 2018; and Early Morning Cat Crew since 2019.
  • Graduating from: High school through home schooling.   
  • Future plans: To continue attending Green River College and to leverage interests in Japanese and programming.
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  • RASKC volunteer role: Fostering animals with her family since September 2019.
  • Graduating from Auburn High School.
  • Future plans: To study zoology in college, because conservation is important to me. Activism in human relations will be talking a role in my future as well. 
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