The RASKCAL Reporter| Issue # 54| August 2021

The RASKCAL Reporter

In this Issue:                                                                                            August 2021

RASKC honors Volunteer of the Month: Sandip Van


Meet Sandip!

With tremendous pleasure RASKC names Sandip Van as a Volunteer of the Month. She has been walking dogs at RASKC since 2014, except during the pandemic. For the past several years Sandip also served as one of the classroom instructors for RASKC’s Dog Team 101. Additionally, she serves as a training mentor for new Dog Walkers. A resident of Kent, Sandip is super skilled, dedicated, and delightful to work with. Thank you, Sandip!

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

Limelight sparkles on Exceptional Youth Kalyani D


Meet Kalyani!  RASKC is super happy to award Exceptional Youth recognition to Klayani D. She’s 23 years old, a resident of Bothell, and a computer-science graduate from the University of Washington- Bothell. Kalyani is also a superb volunteer on RASKC’s Kirkland Cat-Care Team since 2017, though this volunteer work has been on hiatus since the pandemic began.

To read more about Kalyani, click here.

Outstanding New Volunteer: Gabriela López Vazquez


Meet Gabriela! RASKC is profoundly pleased to honor Gabriela López Vazquez as an Outstanding New Volunteer. She does amazing work on our Kirkland Cat-Care Team, though there has been no volunteer work on this team during the pandemic. Gabriela also has a master’s degree in logistics and international trade. A resident of Kirkland, she serves on the City of Kirkland’s Human Services Commission, tutored adults in Spanish at the Bellevue Library, and volunteers and works at community events as part of the King County Promotores Network.

To read more about Gabriela, click here.

Pride in our Partners: Motley Zoo Animal Rescue


RASKC commends the Motley Zoo Animal Rescue (MZAR), an innovative, highly successful foster-based volunteer-run organization that focuses on improving the lives of animals. About 150 MZAR’s foster homes throughout Puget Sound provide the backbone for this organization, plus partner pet-stores where MZAR cats reside until adoption. While MZAR accepts many easily adoptable animals of many species, nearly 30% of the animals they care for require specialized and expensive medical care- often more than five times MZAR’s average cost of care. These animals sometimes stay with Motley Zoo Animal Rescue for many months, even years. MZAR’s save rate is 99%.

Motley Zoo Animal Rescue raises revenue, in part, through its Rock Star Treatment Services, in Redmond that offers doggie daycare, pet training, and boarding.

With no employees and over 200 volunteers now, Motley Zoo Animal Rescue has saved more than 3,700 animals since 2009.

Click here to read RASKC’s interview with MZAR’s executive director jme thomas. She and her spouse Bryan co-founded the organization and have fostered over 1,500 animals themselves!