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Our Volunteer of the Month: April 2017

Thank you for all you do! ~RASKC


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Featured: Christina Haines

Meet Christina! Christina serves with valor in the very demanding role as RASKC’s Dog Team Scheduler for the volunteers based in Kent. She works very hard to ensure there is enough volunteer coverage – but not too much- to care for the dogs for each of six shifts every day. Last year she juggled the schedules of 99 volunteers who contributed a total of 3,746 hours. As an Information Technology professional, Christina crunches Dog Team data in many ways. She can identify, for example, how many volunteers arrive on time for their shifts, and how often volunteers request an absence, including last-minute absences. Christina also worked a weekly early morning shift with RASKC dogs for over two years prior to becoming the scheduler. Thank you, Christina!

Q: What made you want to volunteer, especially to work with animals?

A: In January 2014 I took a month long trip to South America. It was an amazing experience and the people of Argentina, Uruguay, & Brazil are extremely kind and welcoming to US residents. What was very difficult to see was how animals are treated in these countries. Most dogs are not considered indoor family members, instead sometimes given food and water outdoors, but many are strays and are not spayed or neutered. Once back in the states, I quickly learned, dogs in Mexico, Central, and South America lead very different and much more difficult lives, than dogs here in the U.S. and I wanted to help. Unfortunately, there was little I could do for them living in the Seattle area, but I still wanted to improve the quality of life for animals in some capacity.

Q: How did you hear about RASKC?

A: I was searching for local shelters where I could work with dogs and I'm very happy to have found the RASKC.

Q: What do you do when you aren't volunteering at RASKC?

A: We like wine tasting and hiking. We feel fortunate to live in such a beautiful and progressive area, close to so many great wineries and hiking trails.

Q: What have you gained from your experience as a volunteer with RASKC?

A: I've learned a lot about people, how generous they can be with their time and their dedication to the care of the dogs. A recent example was in early February when we had the snow storm, many of our Dog Team volunteers braved difficult driving conditions and very cold temperatures to ensure all the dogs at least had an opportunity to go potty outside and receive fresh air. Some volunteers work 2 – 3 shifts a week and when we have as much wind and rain as we do in the Northwest, shows just how committed our amazing Dog Team volunteers are!

Q: What is your favorite park to take your dog for a walk?

A: Our dog, a lab shepherd mix, is 14 now and has arthritis and hip dysplasia, but she still enjoys going to Wooton Park in Des Moines (Redondo). It's small and level, the perfect size for her.

Q: What is your favorite activity to do with your dog?

A: Even at the age of 14 she still loves yard work! No matter what the activity is, nothing puts a bigger smile on her face then being in the backyard.

Q: What is the best advice you would give people who want pets?

A: To make sure you have enough time for an animal, take an inventory of how busy your life was in the last year. Does your work / school schedule / social life allow you to be home enough to care for a dog or cat? And of course, please always consider adoption instead of buying an animal.

Q: Describe a memorable moment you've had with an animal?

A: When I first started at the RASKC, I took a dog out to work on training, but he seemed depressed and not interested in treats or any activity. It happened to be a nice day and I had extra time, so I brushed him outside in a grassy area of the property. He started smiling! It was only about 15 extra minutes I spent with him, but I learned how a small gesture can make a dog's time here at the shelter a little more comfortable!

 

List of Lead Volunteers

Lucy Camelia: Lead Volunteer, Kirkland Petco Team. Works six shifts per week since the Kirkland program began in 2014. Was named Volunteer of the Month (July 2016). Donated over 1,700 hours since 2014.

Natsiri Christy: Scheduler, Covington Petco Team. Also volunteers on Early Morning Cat Crew. Contributed over 100 hours since 2016.

Barbra Feldbusch, Leadership Team, Tukwila Petco Team. Also contributed the most foster hours in 2015. Also serves on the Early Morning Cat Crew, Cat Meet-&-Greet, and Reber Ranch Teams. Donated over 8,600 hours since 2012.

Pia Gerholt: Co-Lead Volunteer, Kirkland Petco Team. Responsible for maintaining the schedules for over 85 volunteers in any given month and for guiding new volunteers in the on-boarding process on this team. Donated over 230 hours since 2015.

Melodye Johnson: Lead Volunteer, Reber Ranch Team. Also one of RASKC’s top foster volunteers (over 1,640 foster hours donated in 2015). She also transports animals and works special adoption events. Contributed over 5,000 hours since 2013.

Marcia Klein-Horsham: Lead Volunteer, Cat Special Adoption Events. Also fosters. Donated over 8,000 hours in a recent five-year period.

Denise Kovecs: Lead Volunteer, Covington Petco Team. Also serves on the Reber Ranch Team, Cat Meet-and-Greet, cat brushing/grooming, special adoption events, and Comcast filming. Denise also transports many animals and is active in South County Cats. Contributed over 1,000 hours since 2012.

Lori Middleton: Lead Volunteer, Reber Ranch Team. Also serves as Co-Lead on Comcast filming. Named Volunteer of the Month (March 2016) Works on the cat brushing/ grooming team and as a Shelter Helper and previously in other roles. Donated over 2,000 hours in a recent five-year period.

Leisa Murray: Lead Volunteer, Early Morning Cat Crew. One of RASKC’s longest serving volunteers who works a weekly schedule—over nine years. Contributed over 650 shifts in a recent five-year period.

Jayne Roddy: Lead Volunteer, Tukwila Petco Team. One of RASKC’s longest serving volunteers, she began fostering almost 20 years ago. Has served in various roles. Donated over 1,600 hours during a recent six-year period.

Ruth Schaeffer: Lead Volunteer, Barn Cats R Us. One of RASKC’s longest serving volunteers, she also is a foster volunteer. Has placed about __ feral cats in new homes over __ years. Donated more than 3,325 hours in a recent six-year period.

Gayle Stanley: Co-Lead Volunteer, Reber Ranch. Also a foster. Contributed over 2,000 hours since 2010.

Sarah Stolberg: Cat Meet-&-Greet Coordinator, Shelter Helper Coordinator, and Scheduler for Community Booths and Special Adoption Events Responsible for maintain the schedules of 87 or more volunteers in any given month and oversees the onboarding process for new volunteers on these teams. Also serves on the Covington Petco Team and the social media team. Named Volunteer of the Month (January 2016). Contributed over 800 hours since 2014.

Candi Wallace: Scheduler, Early Morning Cat Crew. Also serves on Tukwila Petco Team. Contributed over 155 hours since 2015.

Marilyn Wallace: Leadership Team, Tukwila Petco Team. Also serves on Early Morning Cat Crew. Donated over 355 hours since 2015.

Former Cat Team Leadership Emerita @RASKC Cat Meet & Greet: Lisa Peter

Former Cat Team Leadership Emerita @Partner Stores Bellevue Crossroads Team: Rita Bout, 2008- 2013; Corinne Powley, 2013- 2016; Denise Sheheen, 2008- 2016.// Covington Petco Team: Laura Lynch-Miller, 2013-2015.//Federal Way PetSmart Team: Chris Duvall, 2008- 2013; Jennifer Schroeder, 2008- 2013; Gaye Lubeke, 2008-2013.//Kirkland Team: Diana Barrett, 2014- 2015. Shoreline Aurora Village Petco: Barb Levy, 2012- 2014. // Tukwila Petco Team: Pam Gibbons, 2013- 2015.

Christina Haines, Scheduler, Dog Team (Kent). Maintains the schedules for about 75 volunteers in any given month. Also serves as a classroom instructor. Donated over 300 hours since 2014.

Pat Wynn, Trainer, Dog Team (Kent). A professional dog trainer, Pat designed the curriculum for all Dog Team volunteers who have started since 2014. She leads monthly classroom sessions and monthly coaching sessions in the dog yards. Contributed over 200 hours since 2013.

Derek Yoshinaka, Premier Volunteer, Dog Team (Kent). Also is the Dog Team photographer and helps with special adoption events. Formerly a foster and an instructor. In a recent five year period, he has contributed over 1,000 hours.

Former Dog Team Leadership Emerita Lenda Johnson: 2014-2015//Sheryl Schopfer: 2010-1014.

Luis Blanco: Longtime member of the Dog Team. One of the longest serving members on this team. Has been working a weekly shift since 2007. Contributed over 300 hours in a recent five-year period.

Lucy Camelia: Volunteer of the Month (July 2016). Serves as Lead Volunteer, Kirkland Petco Team as lead trainer of this team. Works six shifts per week since the Kirkland program began in 2014. Donated over 1,700 hours since 2014.

Melissa Blake: Volunteer of the Month (May 2016) Pet photographer and foster volunteer. Former chair of RASKC Appreciation Banquet for several years. Donated over 4,100 hours since 2012.

Linda Bowen: Prolific Foster. Donated over 1,580 foster hours in 2015. Worked assiduously on RASKC’s rummage sales to raise funds for our catio. Contributed over 5,350 hours since 2012.

Shannon Carlson: Longtime Front Counter Meet & Greet. Working one or two shifts each week in this role since 2008. Also has served on the Dog Team for eight years. Donated over 1,500 hours over eight years.

Pat Davis: Catalyst for the Cat Brushing/ Grooming Team. and serves as a foster. Has worked in many roles. Contributed over 8,400 hours in a recent six-year period.

Amy Devore: Volunteer of the Month (Nov 2015). Consistently among the top foster volunteers every year for several years. Contributed over 1,250 foster hours in 2015. Donated over 13,000 hours in a recent six-year period.

Carolyn Dunstone: Volunteer of the Month (Ap 2016). Lead Shelter Helper Instructor, LEAN expert, and Early Morning Cat Crew volunteer. Donated over 800 hours since 2013.

Barbra Feldbusch: Prolific foster who donated about 2,000 foster hours in 2015. Serves in a great many roles. Donated over 8,600 hours since 2012.

Jennifer French: Volunteer of the Month (June 2016). The longest serving cat meet-and-greet volunteer, who has been working a weekly shift since before 2008. Donates her professional graphic arts skills on many projects. Is a foster and has worked in many roles. Contributed over 1,100 hours in a recent four-year period.

Dawn Gerken: Longtime volunteer. Since 2008 has been key photographer of RASKC animals for Petfinder.com and our website. Also drafts Pet of the Week submissions for local media for many years. Has worked in several roles. Contributed over 650 hours in a recent five-year period.

Marie Gerken: Longtime volunteer. Since 2008 has worked many roles including cat meet-and-greet, special adoption events, and Barnes & Noble gift wrapping fundraisers for the Angel Fund. Has been key volunteer to procure door prizes for volunteer appreciation events. Donated over 1,750 hours in a recent five-year period.

Wendy Hester: Shift Comptroller, office assistant, and prolific foster volunteer. Has worked at least two shifts per week since 2010 in various roles. Donated 930 foster hours in 2015. Contributed over 6,100 hours in a recent five-year period.

Melodye Johnson: Prolific foster and Lead Volunteer, Reber Ranch Team. Donated over 1,640 foster hours donated in 2015. Contributed over 5,000 hours since 2013.

Heidi Linnebar: Prolific foster and works on Covington Petco Team. Has served on Early Morning Cat Crew Donated over 1,500 foster hours in 2015. Contributed over 1,900 hours since 2014.

Vyrna Layton: Volunteer of the Month (Oct 2016). Has made and contributed over 1,300 cat cozy blankets (and many cat toys) to RASKC. Works cat meet-and-greet since 2010, serves as a foster and in other roles. Donated over 3,500 hours in a recent five-year period.

Angela Loeks: Volunteer of the Month (Sept 2016). Works two Dog Team shifts each week since 2008. Donated over 500 hours in a recent five-year period.

Lori Middleton: Volunteer of the Month (March 2016). Serves as Lead Volunteer, Reber Ranch Team. Also serves as Co-Lead on Comcast filming. Works on the cat brushing/ grooming team and as a Shelter Helper and previously in other roles. Donated over 2,000 hours in a recent five-year period.

Taralee Muhli: Prolific foster, who contributed over 1,850 foster hours in 2015. Donated over 3,350 hours since 2014.

Pam O’Brien, Volunteer of the Month (August 2016). Consistently among the top foster volunteers every year for several years. Donated over 1,675 foster hours in 2015. Contributed over 8,250 hours in a recent six-year period.

Jayne Roddy: Longtime volunteer. Began fostering almost 20 years ago. Lead/ Co-Lead Volunteer, Tukwila Petco Team, since that program began in 2013. Has served in various roles. Donated over 1,600 hours during a recent six-year period.

Becky Rubeck, Prolific foster, who contributed over 1,825 foster hours in 2015. Helped to organize several RASKC Volunteer Appreciation Banquets. Donated over 15,475 hours in a recent six-year period.

Ruth Schaeffer: Volunteer of the Month (Dec 2016) Lead Volunteer, Barn Cats R Us for more than 10 years. She also is a foster volunteer. Has placed a number of feral cats in new homes over the past years. Donated more than 3,325 hours in a recent six-year period.

Sarah Stolberg: Volunteer of the Month (Jan 2016). Serves as the leader for two very large volunteer teams since 2014 and serves as the scheduler for two other teams. Contributed over 800 hours since 2014.

Valli Johansen: Volunteer of the Month (Dec 2015). Consistently among the top foster volunteers every year for several years. Contributed over 1,400 foster hours in 2015. Serves on the Tukwila Petco Team. Donated more than 6,600 hours since 2011.

Corinne Powley: Volunteer of the Month (Feb 2016). Former Co-Lead, Bellevue Crossroads Petco Team and prolific foster. Contributed over 5,100 hours in a recent four-year period.

Denise Sheheen: Volunteer of the Month (Nov 2016). Former Lead/ Co-Lead Volunteer, Bellevue Crossroads Petco Team, for eight years. Serves as a foster, works special adoption events, provides animal transport, and helps to organize special adoption events. Contributed over 725 hours in a recent six-year period.

Linda Sutherland: Lead Volunteer, Vet Clinic. Also fosters and has worked in several roles. Contributed over 3,700 hours since 2013.

Diane Teranishi: Longtime Dog Team member. One of the longest serving members on the Dog Team working weekly shifts since 2007.

Lilian Yetter: Volunteer of the Month (Oct 2015). One of the longest serving foster volunteers, since 1999. Has organized several RASKC volunteer appreciation events. Donated over 4,200 hours since 2010.

Derek Yoshinaka, Premier Volunteer, Dog Team (Kent). Also serves as the primary photographer of RASKC dogs for RASKC’s website and Petfinder.com. Has served in various roles. In a recent five-year period, he has contributed over 1,250 hours





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