The March 2018 volunteer of the month is DeAnn Warren in recognition of her ongoing socializer shift at PetSmart North (2847 Chad Drive, Eugene) every Monday from 2:00-4:00pm since July 2017. She also makes follow-up phone calls to every adopter at the one month mark. She hears the Best Stories! Altogether, DeAnn volunteers for CRAN about 10 hours a month. She also volunteers at Willamette Animal Guild every Thursday and has since July 2016 where she is ‘on the mat’ watching over the dogs and cats as they leave the operating table from their spay/neuter surgeries. DeAnn believes in volunteering! “If everyone volunteered just two hours a month for the group of their choice, it would really make a difference.” You make a difference for CRAN and our rescue kitties DeAnn – Thank You!
Do you have an emergency intake with nowhere to go? Call Marci!
Do you need a last-minute transport to get a cat to a vet appointment? Call Marci!
Do you need help with ringworm care? Call Mar — oh, you get the idea.
Marci Seghetti has been a volunteer for CRAN for some time now. She is one of the team of volunteers who are feeding, loving, and medically treating the many kittens in our ringworm treatment program. She has worked on fundraising projects, she is a member of the CRAN Board of Directors (and the secretary!), and she is always willing to add something more to her busy day, to help a cat in need.
Susan Orr has (so far~) been a volunteer cattery cleaner, socializer, fundraising donor, adoption counselor and an adopter in her continuing commitment to Cat Rescue & Adoption Network (and WCDC before that) since Dec. 2007 – 11 years! Says Susan, “At that time I don’t think there was a WCDC website – the volunteer opportunity was posted on the Bush Animal Hospital website. I started volunteering because I missed being around cats and my tuxedo boy Fridge (named for the football player nicknamed Refrigerator Perry) had just gone over the Rainbow Bridge and it was some time before I was ready to adopt again.” Next to founding president Kate Tryhorn (see Aug 2016 entry), Susan is the longest standing volunteer in our group – wow! In January of 2017 she also took over the monthly task to coordinate and schedule the weekend adoption counselors at our partner PetSmart location on Chad Drive in Eugene. She’s comfortable in her vital role matchmaking between rescue cat and forever home on the weekend counselor shifts and often picks up vacancies when needed. She’s ever aware of the careful conversation needed for both the cat’s welfare and to find a loving home. Oh, and she works full time at the UO too! Soft-spoken and steady, Susan is professional and dependable and oh so appreciated! Her photo shows her with her CRAN adoptee “Midnight Louie” who Susan says is “always grumpy.” Thank you Susan!
The Big Thanks Bonus Program was a huge success, all because of you.
Thanks to your hard work and commitment, over 247,700 pets found forever homes during the Big Thanks Bonus Program, which launched September 1, 2017 and ended January 28, 2018, providing nearly $2.9 million of additional financial assistance to Adoption Partners. CRAN received a $6,000 bonus for adopting over 500 cats and kittens during this period.
Kim Konevich began volunteering and fostering for CRAN in August of 2017. In her own words, I’ll let her tell you her story . . . “I am grateful to be a part of this wonderful organization and cannot believe how I am continuously meeting thoughtful, kind, compassionate, and caring individuals. The world of rescue is messy and challenging but because I work with an amazing group of people and kitties, I know that we as a group are doing good work. I have always believed in helping other humans, animals and the community. It is nice to find a group that shares my sentiment and goes above and beyond the call of duty.
I have to say however, my involvement with volunteering and cat rescue began a few years back. Finding a teeny kitten on our property was a very strange notion to me. I had no idea there was such a thing as “Kitten Season” and thought it was strange to find a solo cat. I began doing some research and realized it was not an uncommon discovery. The little lady who is known as Rio now stole our hearts and we have adopted a few others since. Because of Rio and the situation, I wanted to help. I realized the best way to do that was to get involved. It is helpful to have resources and people willing to help when certain situations arise and animals need attention and care. CRAN is a group that serves the cats and the community and I am honored to work with you.” Likewise Kim! Thank you and congratulations as CRAN’s volunteer of the month for December 2017.
Sharil Stinson, our volunteer of the month for November 2017, came to our cat rescue group when she trapped two kittens in December 2015. She named these gorgeous black kitties Leo and Simba due to the unusual “manes” around their necks like lions. She worked with fellow CRAN volunteer Louanne Koch (and continuing board president for 2018) to get them neutered and ultimately adopted (together!). Sharil and her husband, Dan, have fostered many kittens and cats since then with great success. Last Fall she stepped up to fill a vital job creating the Feline Medical Record documents for each cat which becomes part of their adoption folder. Attention to detail is a necessary skill which Sharil handles with ease and her turnaround time will make your head spin! She pitches in whenever possible and even brought a rolling cat condo to the January 2018 adoption weekend which was admired by all. Thank you Sharil for your can-do approach which is such a vital part of our ongoing cat rescue success.
UPDATE – $12,000 campaign goal surpassed by 92%
Grand Total $23,018!
You all should be very proud of your generosity towards our cats and kittens.
We have saved many lives with this campaign and we are so happy.