The RASKCAL Reporter| Issue # 51| May 2021

The RASKCAL Reporter

In this Issue:                                                                                            May 2021

RASKC honors Volunteer of the Month: Sylvie Wong


Meet Sylvie! RASKC is very honored to recognize Sylvie Wong as Volunteer of the Month. She is one of RASKC’s top foster volunteers. “Sylvie is one that is so dedicated,” said Foster Care Coordinator Lori Mason. “She rarely needs my help, but she continues to dedicate her love and home to kittens. It doesn’t matter if the kittens are sick, Sylvie will always step forward to help.”

Having started in 2015, Sylvie has contributed over 4,200 hours- both with fostering and having served on RASKC’s Kirkland Cat-Care Team with her daughter. Thank you, Sylvie!

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

Limelight shines on Exceptional Youth: Yuka Takahashi


Meet Yuka! RASKC is extremely happy to bestow Exceptional Youth recognition to Yuka Takahashi. She is a 20-year-old Dog Walker, who has achieved “red” status. This status means that she is eligible to work with some of RASKC’s most challenging dogs in adoptions. Since she began with RASKC in 2019, Yuka has contributed almost 50 hours before COVID-19 and has helped to train a new Dog Walker. She currently resides in Federal Way.

“I am a pre-veterinary biology student at Highline College, aiming to become an aquarium veterinarian in the future. I have been accepted by the University of California- Berkeley, so I plan to transfer there this fall to major in molecular environmental biology."

To read more about Yuka, go to our blog.

Outstanding New Volunteers: Cameron Garside and Carly Beard

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Meet Cameron and Carly! RASKC is super happy to award Outstanding New Volunteer recognition to spouses Cameron Garside and Carly Beard. Foster Care Coordinator Lori Mason said, “They work magic with the hissy kittens! They wave that magic wand, and POOF hissy to purring!” Since Cameron and Carly began fostering for RASKC last year, they have already contributed over 1,200 hours.

“Our family life is pretty laid back since we have no kids. We usually just like to garden, watch TV, and relax at home,” said Cameron and Carly. “We focus our attention on our two cats MuMu and Meep who we adopted from the Animal Talk Rescue which is now Seattle Area Feline Rescue. They are about 12 years old.”

To read more about Cameron and Carly, go to our blog.

Pride in our Partners: Doney Coe Pet Clinic

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RASKC commends Doney Coe Pet Clinic, a mostly all-volunteer organization who has been providing veterinary care to companion animals of Seattle’s houseless and low-income residents since 1986. Doney Coe offers clinics on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Services include vaccinations, wellness checks, ear/eye/skin treatments, flea and intestinal parasite treatment, wound care, medication management, diagnostic testing, and some grooming services. 

Until the pandemic forced a temporary shutdown in March 2020, Doney Coe had consistently provided veterinary services two days per month of every month since 1986 with the only closures due to the earthquake in 2001 and the snowstorm in 2019.

When pets require medical care beyond what is provided during their free clinics, the Doney Coe Pet Clinic offers referrals to a partner clinic at no cost to the client. Recently, Doney Coe started offering special “Surgery Days” with local veterinary clinics and other animal welfare organizations to provide dentals, spay and neuter, mass removal, and other critical care.

RASKC recently spoke with Marti Casey, who serves as the president of the Doney Coe Pet Clinic’s board of directors. To read the interview, go to our blog.