RASKC Volunteer eNews | Issue 2 | April 2017

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Celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Week (Apr 23-Apr 29)

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RASKC enjoys tremendous success in caring for the animals due to the combined efforts of the professional staff and all of the volunteers. Last year 668 volunteers gave service to RASKC. 

In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 23 - 29) the staff wanted to express an early thanks to all of you with this videoThanks for all that you do!

Petco Foundation Awards RASKC a $75,000 Grant

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Petco Foundation has awarded RASKC a $75,000 grant to continue the shelter’s lifesaving efforts. Funds will be used to provide cat condos  at the shelter in an effort to create more space and reduce stress of long-term residents. This grant award was spearheaded by Nickie Ford, RASKC Animal Services Coordinator.   

RASKC Translates Website into Top 5 King County Languages


RASKC Adminstrator Lluvia Ellison-Morales creates immense value for RASKC in so many ways. One of her recent achievements was adding two more languages on the RASKC website. The website’s major service pages – pet licensing, adoption, surrendering a pet, animal control services, lost and found pets – are now all available in King County’s top six languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Somali and Russian. The website provides multiple ways for residents to navigate to the multilingual service pages, promoting RASKC’s use of providing language interpretation phone-services to the public when needed. Click here to visit our page!


Any Feedback? Fill Out Your Volunteer Assessment Survey

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Your voice, opinions, and beliefs are very important for making positive change! All responses are anonymous. Data will be collected and analyzed by University of South Florida who has donated their time for this project. 

If you have contributed at least three hours in volunteer service beyond new volunteer orientation, RASKC asks that you complete this 15 minute survey

Auburn Valley Humane Presents RASKC with Collaboration Award

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RASKC was recently named 2017 Animal Champion Award Recipient for "Most Collaborative Organization" at Auburn Valley Humane Society Gala & Auction. Thank you to our staff, volunteers, and partners -- you make this work possible!

Recognizing RASKC’s April Volunteer of the Month

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Meet Volunteer of the Month Christina Haines! 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. Christina also worked a weekly early morning shift with RASKC dogs for over two years prior to becoming the scheduler. Read a great interview with Christina at RASKC’s blog here.

Seattle Beerfest: Volunteers (+21 yrs old) Needed to Sign Up by May 1


Cheers to Melissa Blake, RASKC volunteer extraordinaire, for setting up this fun volunteer opportunity!

Seattle International Beerfest will donate $50 to RASKC for each 21+ year old volunteer who works a 3.5 hour shift at their event on Sunday, July 9 from 3:15- 6:45pm. The work involves taking tickets, pouring small glasses of beer, and smiling. If 40 people volunteer through RASKC for this event, our Angel Fund will receive $2,000. Melissa has already signed up 23 volunteers, so we need more people to sign up by May 1. If you can help out, please contact her at MelissaBlake411@gmail.com.

RASKC’s Angel Fund covers the costs of extraordinary medical expenses for some of our neediest animals, like the kitten who needed hip surgery.

Seattle International Beerfest is a three-day event at the Seattle Center that raises money for local animal charities. Here’s a toast to animal philanthropy and wonderful volunteering!

Community Updates & Reminders

  • Easter hours: RASKC and partners stores are open, with the exception of Reber Ranch being closed. 
  • Summer Vacation Plans? Graduation? Reminder to schedule your absences
  • Find a pet in distress? Remember to contact us at RASKC. For emergencies, call 9-1-1 who will contact our field officers for assistance. 
  • New Volunteer Orientation in Kent: on Tues. April 18 & Sat. April 29, you can register at Step 2 here. Thanks to volunteers Holly H. and Chloe W. for leading this session along with trainees Rod B, Mike G. and Sunny J.
  • Fostering Animals 101 in Kent: on Thurs., May 4. Register at Step 2 here.
  • Muddy Mutt Event at Carnation Farms: 9am-2pm on Sat., May 6. Thanks to Jayne R. and Sue L. for staffing RASKC’s table at this event.
  • Volunteer Fair for Green River Community College International Students: Wed., April 19: Thanks to Victoria A. and Dolores F. for staffing RASKC’s table at this event.

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