The RASKCAL Reporter | Issue 30| August 2019


In this Issue:                                                                                            August 2019

Recognizing RASKC's Volunteer of the Month: Carrie Driscoll


Meet Carrie! RASKC is incredibly happy to honor Carrie Driscoll. She serves as Co-Lead of RASKC's Tukwila Petco Cat-Care Team. Carrie does a magnificent job of onboarding new volunteers, going to great lengths- sometimes on a moment’s absence notice- to ensure there’s volunteer coverage for cat-care at the store, maintaining the accuracy of the online schedule, following up with team members who may not have posted their hours, and participating in team leadership meetings. She does so with great skill, diligence, and humor. Carrie and her son Jacob have been volunteering on biweekly shifts for many years.

RASKC is also in awe of the fact that Carrie and her spouse foster five children, four of whom are under five years old.  Thank you for all that you do to make the world a better place, Carrie! To read an interview with Carrie, 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.

Spotlight shines on exceptional youth: Emeline Sears


Meet Emeline! RASKC is super pleased to shine the spotlight on exceptional youth Emeline Sears, along with her mom Ingrid and younger sister Hannah. Emeline has been volunteering at our Kirkland venue for over five years, having contributed close to 200 shifts. She started when she was 13 years old with her mom. Now Emeline is a senior at Juanita High School. She mentioned that she really likes the teachers there.

Emeline loves animals, especially cats. “The primary thing that I like most about volunteering is getting to know the personality of each animal I meet,” she said.  At home Emeline cares for a beta fish and some white clouds, in addition to a hamster named Bolt.

Emeline likes to write and draw stories. She especially enjoys running and participating in RPGs (role-playing games).  

In her role as daughter, Emeline said, “I would definitely like to thank my mom for deciding to volunteer with me. The thing that I admire most about her would be the span of her interests from engineering to art. It makes me feel like I can bridge things too.”

RASKC appreciates all the ways that Emeline and her family bridge connections between people and animals.

What’s happening @ RASKC

Happy Tails: Django blossoms – update one year later


RASKC loves to receive updates from people who adopt our animals. We are especially grateful to Viveca for this video update on dog Django.

Previous to this match, Django had resided at RASKC for several months. She had been adopted a couple of times, then returned. So our hearts fill with happiness to see how Django has come into her own during the past year.

Viveca explained how RASKC’s Rover Scholarship program provided essential assistance in helping bring out Django’s best self. She said, “[Early on] we decided to put Django in training. Thankfully we had the Rover Scholarship. I’ve never even heard of a scholarship for a dog before. We probably wouldn’t have considered taking her into as much training as we have if it wasn’t for the scholarship honestly. Since we’ve done her training, Django has blossomed so much.”

RASKC has been offering the Rover Scholarship for two years for difficult-to-adopt dogs, like Django. RASKC waives the adoption fee and provides $400 in reimbursement to the adopters who sign up for a professional training class or hire a professional trainer for the dog.

Hurray for Django, her family, and RASKC’s other Rover Scholars!