The RASKCAL Reporter | Issue 26| April 2019


In this Issue:                                                                                            April 2019

Recognizing RASKC's Volunteers of the Month: Pati Ramos & Luke West


Meet Pati & Luke! RASKC is very happy to honor Pati Ramos and Luke West. They are terrific foster volunteers, who have contributed over 1,000 hours each year for the past three years, totaling over 4,375 hours donated so far since 2016. Pati and Luke are super friendly and regularly attend RASKC’s Springtime Annual Foster Celebrations.

Pati has helped other animal organizations too. She served as Co-Chair of the Sabbath Memorial Dog Rescue in Florida. She has volunteered for the Miami Humane Society, the Atlanta Humane Society, and Planned PEThood. Thank you, Pati and Luke!

An interview with Pati and Luke can be found on our website and blog.

Spotlight on an Exceptional Youth Volunteer: Ray Shiraishi

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Meet Ray!  Ray Shiraishi, also known as Hikaru, is 21 years old. He contributes weekly shifts at RASKC both as a “red” Dog Walker and as a Cat Meet and Greet volunteer. Ray also serves as a mentor in both of these roles. Since he began in March last year, he has already contributed about 175 hours!

Skilled, affable, and very dedicated, Ray is a delight to work with. When asked what he likes most about RASKC volunteering, Ray said it’s socializing and learning new things with other volunteers and staff on his shifts.

He was born and raised in Tokyo, where he studied zoology. His 10 year-old Shetland Sheepdog named Ruby lives there. Ray will soon be graduating from Highline College as an international student and will be transferring to the University of California- Davis this fall.

Ray tremendously impressed staff last month when he briefed the Animal Care Technicians, shelter sergeants, and others about a study that he conducted involving RASKC dogs for a college research project. Ray spent 10 minutes outside of the kennels of four dogs and timed how often they barked (and spun) during the morning and also in the late afternoon. He did this again but had counted the dogs’ responses after he had just given them a kong. Ray found a dramatic decrease in barking (and spinning) when a kong was received, especially in the mornings.

Animal Care Technician Tatyana Miller suggested that in light of this research that RASKC distribute kongs just before the shelter opens to the public at noon, so potential adopters can see the dogs in a more favorable light.

Thank you, Ray!


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