RASKC Volunteer eNews | Issue 11 | January 2018

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Recognizing RASKC's Volunteer of the Month


Meet Jennifer! Jennifer Hunt serves as an outstanding Co-Lead of our Kirkland Team of 120 regularly scheduled volunteers. She works "hand in glove" with Co-Lead Teresa Rosenberg and Lead Lucy Camelia. Their inspired teamwork in managing such a large team is key to our success. 

Jennifer's cheerfulness, skillful attention to detail, and willingness to go the "extra mile" is deeply appreciated. She also works on one of the busiest weekly shifts at the store with wonderful diplomacy and terrific aplomb. Jennifer has helped to lead many sessions of new volunteer orientation. An interview with Jennifer can be found on our website and blog. Thank you, Jennifer!

What's happening @ RASKC!

King County taps RASKC in top 2017 achievements


King County Executive Dow Constantine pays tribute to the talent, creativity and hard work of county staff and volunteers for delivering even more effective services, identifying new solutions, and building more welcoming communities for all of the county's residents. 

With King County's workforce consisting of over 14,000 employees and thousands of volunteers, there were many remarkable achievements last year. We are proud that Dow chose to include RASKC's work as one of King County's top 17 accomplishments in 2017.

RASKC joins statewide initiative to save more animals

RASKC looks forward this year to our role in a new animal-welfare initiative named Pet Alliance of Washington (PAW). Supported by the Best Friends Animal Society, this initiative aims to help the entire state of Washington achieve a "save rate" of 90% by the year 2020. 

Accomplishing this goal will involve RASKC assisting other shelters and rescues with needs such as transport for adoption, facilitating feral cat management, and addressing access to spay and neuter services. Last weekend, for example, RASKC received 25 cats from a shelter in Colville.

With a "save rate" of 90%, RASKC is excited for this opportunity to share our experiences with other organizations and help save more animals throughout the state.

Adoption fees waived for "pitties" next month


To help encourage adopters to bring home one or more of RASKC's sweet pit-bull terriers, the adoption fees for this breed will be waived in February as part of our "Love a Pit Bull Month." The only cost will be $30 for the pet license.

Several of the same "pitties" resided at RASKC for many months recently. While these dogs won the hearts of staff and volunteer Dog Walkers, we want to make super special efforts to help them be welcomed into loving homes on a furr-ever basis.

RASKC/ Kent is open to the public for adoptions every afternoon except on major holidays. Weekday hours: 12pm- 6pm. Weekend hours: 12pm- 5pm. RASKC/ Kent is located at 21615- 64th Ave S.. We are closed to the public on Presidents' Day, February 19.

View our adoptable animals online.

Many Vet Clinic volunteer positions coming open


RASKC encourages interested adults to apply to become a Vet Clinic volunteer. We will soon be making selections to fill nine positions based in Kent. If you are an adult who has attended new volunteer orientation and if you are interested in a weekly shift, please submit a Vet Clinic volunteer application.

Vet Clinic Lead Volunteer Linda Sutherland and RASKC staff will begin reviewing applications this month. We seek volunteers who learn quickly, who respond well to directions from staff, and who are comfortable working autonomously. Candidates who are best suited for this job enjoy and are good at cleaning and logistical work.

The available shifts include: Monday afternoons; Tuesday mornings and afternoons; Thursday mornings and afternoons; Friday mornings; Saturday afternoons; and Sunday mornings and afternoons. 

Shifts last three hours. Morning shifts typically start between 8am-9am. Afternoon shifts usually begin between 2pm-3 pm.

New enrichment for dogs at RASKC: Ready, Set, Go!


If you’ve been inside our Dog Team volunteer room over the past few weeks, you may have noticed the room recently received a big makeover! The refreshed space will now provide everything needed for both dog walks and extra enrichment items to provide more mental stimulation for the dogs. All dog walkers and shelter helpers are encouraged to help create enrichment items for the dogs in their spare time.

Please note that we are in the pilot stage for this new project, so we are looking for your ideas for improvements. If you have any questions or suggestions related to the dog enrichment program, please contact Animal Services Coordinator Nickie Ford

Did you know? Enrichment programs are a great way to decrease stress and illness and increase behavioral health, which can ultimately lead to an increase in adoptions. A new cat enrichment program will soon be coming to RASKC.

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