The RASKCAL Reporter| Issue # 35| February 2020

The RASKCAL Reporter

In this Issue:                                                                                            February 2020

RASKC recognizes Volunteer of the Month: Tessa Higgins


Meet Tessa! RASKC is extraordinarily pleased to honor Tessa Higgins, who serves as a “red” Dog Walker on weekly shifts, on our new Dog Behavior Modification Team, as a Dog Walker mentor, as a Dog Skills Assessor, and as the Dog Team Co-Lead. She also contributes weekly shifts as an office volunteer. Tessa has contributed more than 520 hours since 2018. Over 10 years ago she had also volunteered by caring for RASKC cats at Federal Way PetSmart. Animal Services Coordinator Nickie Ford said, “Tessa is such a dedicated volunteer. She always has a smile on her face. She is such a pleasure to work with, and we are so lucky to have her on our Dog Team!”

To read an interview with Tessa, go to our website or blog.   

If you are interested in becoming a RASKC volunteer, click here for information about new volunteer orientation in Kent. Click here for information, with an option to register, for a session in Kenmore on Saturday, April 4.

Spotlight shines on Exceptional Youth: Olivia Cowley


Meet Olivia!  RASKC is super happy to award Olivia Cowley recognition as an Exceptional Youth Volunteer. A 17 year-old senior at Kentridge High School, Olivia also attends Green River College in the Running Start program. She aspires to become an environmental lawyer.

Olivia has been volunteering as a Cat Meet & Greet volunteer for about two years, contributing almost 90 hours so far. With an upbeat spirt and outstanding communication skills, Olivia consistently impresses everyone she works with.

“Olivia is such a pleasure to work with! She sets a wonderful example for other volunteers- youth and adult- on how to provide excellent customer service to potential adopters and compassionate animal care for our adoptable cats, as well as always being mindful of following RASKC protocols. Her bright personality and friendly attitude serve her well as a great mentor to the numerous new volunteers she has helped to train. She is truly an asset to our volunteer team!” said Cat Meet & Greet Team Coordinator Sarah Stolberg.

Olivia grew up with two dogs, including her dachshund/ mini Aussie/ corgi. She describes herself as “really into fitness”- playing on a competitive soccer team, constantly running, and playing pickleball too. In fact, she works a part-time job at the pickleball station in Kent.

“My favorite part of volunteering with RASKC is being able to interact with a variety of people from our community over a common passion- helping animals. And, of course, keeping the kitties happy and healthy. I love being able to help out and assist in any way I can! I just want to say thank you to RASKC for allowing me and so many others to gain a deeper connection to our community and our pets!”

Thank you, Olivia!