Volunteer Board of Directors
My first cat was a “free” kitten from a farm in Creswell. Not free for long, with spay surgery, vaccinations, food and medical care through a long spoiled cat life. I started volunteering as a cat foster parent thinking “how difficult could this be?” (hahaha) and since 2010 have fostered somewhere between 400 – 500 cats and kittens. Short-term, long-term, old, young, scared, friendly, big, small, sick, healthy. Some have become foster “failures” and are forever members of our family. As a member of the Board of Directors for Cat Rescue & Adoption Network, I have the opportunity to help with the ongoing behind-the-scenes efforts that keep CRAN working. I have been privileged to get to know some wonderful kind-hearted and committed people through this group. Someday maybe, we will no longer have the need for animal rescue volunteer work. In the meantime, it’s one cat or kitten at a time, one step at a time; just like the starfish story, making a difference for this one and that one.
Vice President – Treasurer
I am involved with Cat Rescue & Adoption Network for one simple reason. I love these little wonders. Since our first cat, Diamond, “found” us, till just recently when one of our fosters, Gigi, won over our hearts, I have enjoyed helping cats through fostering, donations and general volunteer help. I want to bring my 30 years of business experience to the organization and assist in helping CRAN to run as efficiently as possible.
My love for rescuing animals started at a very young age……at that time, it was bringing home every stray dog or cat that was around. Over the years I have been in involved in several different rescue groups, both dog and cat, the latest being involved with Cat Rescue & Adoption Network. Locally, I started out volunteering for STNR, I then began fostering and fell in love with several cats that had special needs. In speaking with a few of the other volunteers, we knew there was a need in the area to care for ring worm babies, so have since been involved with volunteering to care for “ring worm. These are animals that would otherwise be euthanized. I look forward to helping CRAN achieve future goals and love being a part of something that the community needs.
I care about the work that Cat Rescue & Adoption Network does and I care about the welfare of animals in general. I want to contribute to the growth and development of programs in our community that aide cats in need as well as the people in our community who own and/or care for cats. I have an analytical nature when approaching a problem-solving situation and in decision-making processes that I think helps when it comes to actually getting work done and setting realistic goals.
As an active Cat Rescue & Adoption Network volunteer for several years, I bring a good familiarity with the organization, its programs and many of the people who are part of the CRAN family. I am also knowledgeable about cats and have experience trapping community cats, socializing and fostering them, and providing basic medical treatments. I also bring a solid knowledge of other animal welfare groups in our community and have worked with several, including Life9, Springfield STNR and Greenhill. Other areas of experience include 7 years working for non-profits as staff and in the field of fund development, and 6 years experience community organizing and serving on various Boards and committees. I care deeply about these cats and will work hard to help them.
Stephen began volunteering Sept. 25, 2016 as a cleaner/socializer in the cattery inside our partner location at PetSmart on Chad Drive. Since then he has volunteered consistently (and often!) in a variety of capacities both in the cattery, for special events and behind the scenes. We can always count on this cheerful guy to say “Sure, I can do that!” when action is needed. He often steps up for special projects in addition to being an adoption counselor, cleaner/socializer and foster. He builds and distributes the monthly SignUpGenius web-based cattery volunteer schedules for PetSmart North and Petco and this coming December he will co-coordinate Santa Pet Photos fundraiser. On the second Sunday of the month he attends the volunteer CRAN Board of Directors’ monthly meetings, and . . . he works full time! At home in Junction City, Stephen and his wife Liz provide a loving home to 17 rescue cats in preparation for their future plans to build and maintain a rescue group in Roseburg. He joined the board at the Jan. 13, 2018 meeting.
I am honored to join the CRAN Board where I can continue to help the mission of our organization to provide care and find loving homes for abandoned and neglected cats in our Eugene/Springfield community. During the past year and a half I have served on several committees for CRAN, fostered and volunteered in various positions. I hope to put my leadership and communication skills to work to further our objectives. I enjoy working with others in a group setting to find common ground when they disagree on what actions to take. Sometimes, it just takes a little negotiating to help reach a reasonable agreement.