The RASKCAL Reporter | Issue 29| July 2019


In this Issue:                                                                                            July 2019

Recognizing RASKC's Volunteer of the Month: Shannon Weiler

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Meet Shannon! RASKC is extraordinarily happy to honor Shannon Weiler. She volunteers in a variety of roles. Shannon currently works weekly shifts in the Vet Clinic, on the Cat Meet & Greet Team, on the Cat Area Stray Team, and as RASKC’s Liaison for New & Prospective Volunteers. Shannon helps to train new volunteers as a mentor and a classroom instructor. Shannon coordinates twice monthly donations from Mud Bay (Kent). She also fosters!   

Shannon has received more written kudos from RASKC staff than any other volunteer. For example, Licensed Vet Tech Colleen Wayne wrote, “I just wanted to give huge kudos to Shannon Weiler. She is always super helpful and pleasant to talk to, but today she was a super star=) I had about seven cats to bring to the cat building after surgery today, and she set up each kennel with food, water, and a towel cover. It was just so nice to bring the kitties over and put them in already prepared kennels. This allowed me to catch on other work, so kudos to her!!”

Shannon has also organized her Bank of America colleagues to make cat toys and blankets for RASKC. She has contributed more than 1,300 hours since she began in 2012. Thank you, Shannon! To read an interview with Shannon, go to our website or blog.

If you are interested in becoming a RASKC volunteer, go here to fill out an application and register for new volunteer orientation.

Limelight shines on outstanding new volunteer: Olga Shores

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Meet Olga!  RASKC is very pleased to place Olga Shores in the limelight as an outstanding new volunteer.

The owner of three cats, Olga has been walking RASKC dogs since last summer. She typically contributes two shifts per week. Olga started as a “green” Dog Walker, then advanced to “red” status about four months later.

Olga is famous at RASKC, because she often checks out one or two dogs for foster overnights on her way home from work. Olga then brings the dogs back the next morning on her way back to work as an accountant. She also often takes RASKC dogs on fun weekend daytime WAGS outings too. Olga then informs staff of what the dogs’ temperament and behaviors are like outside of the shelter environment.

Olga made an extraordinary contribution to RASKC by encouraging her friend Kim Blake to volunteer here. Kim is a licensed Small Animal Massage Practitioner. Many RASKC dogs have benefited incredibly by this connection (See also the related article in this issue on RASKC dog massage).

Olga grew up in Russia with her family, including cats, birds, and hamsters. Soon after she arrived in the United States about 16 years ago, she came upon what Olga describes as “the love of my life”- her first dog. Olga was devastated when her dog died many years later. That very sad event brought Olga to the shelter. Olga said that coming to RASKC “was a new experience for me. I did not know what to expect. Now I’m thinking, I was very lucky to find RASKC and to be part of the Dog Team.”

“I’m truly amazed to see the personal approach and dedication by the staff members in their efforts to help dogs to find new homes. I try to contribute as much as I can. My favorite part of volunteering is to see wagging tails when ‘adopted’ families walk the dogs out of the shelter.“

What’s happening @ RASKC

Instacelebrity helps RASKC promote “Be a Foster” event

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Last month InstaCelebrity Cindy Congdon partnered with the Petco Foundation to help promote their “Be a Foster” campaign. Cindy, one of the pioneers who documented her own foster journey on Instagram in 2013, has garnered almost 500,000 followers.  Cindy joined our Foster Coordinator Lori Mason, longtime volunteer Vyrna Layton, and Animal Services Coordinator Nickie Ford to raise awareness of the importance of fostering. Cindy and RASKC representatives were available at the “Be a Foster” event to answer any and all related questions regarding the foster program.

Interested in fostering with us? Sign up to learn all about it at an upcoming session of New Volunteer Orientation.