October – 2016 – Volunteer of the Month – Mary Sooh

mary_sooh1Mary Sooh

Mary Sooh is the current President of the Board of Directors of West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue. She brings years of experience as an educator, amongst other things, to the work she tirelessly does for our group. She puts in many hours each week, but is always modest about her accomplishments.A short list of the duties she performs includes organizing and leading the Board meeting each month, interfacing with West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue lawyers, writing grants, fund raising, writing the Donor Newsletter and the Volunteer Newsletter, 30

Sept. 2016 – Volunteer of the Month – Dune Erickson Hyatt

dune2Like many who volunteer with West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue, Dune Erickson Hyatt has been rescuing and rehoming kitties on her own for many years. She’s volunteered with other organizations too, and we are fortunate indeed to now have her helping our cats and kittens.

Dune is able to work with and tame some of our shyest, skittery-est, nearly-feral kittens. She is one of the few fosters that will take on and bring around the older, unsocialized kittens for us. She lavishes them with love, spends countless hours teaching them to trust human touch and human care to make them adoptable. Her patience and skill are amazing.

In her non-cat-rescue life, Dune is also a huge dog lover, outdoor enthusiast, supporter of women’s athletics, and artist specializing in graphic design. Her lovely coloring books, cards, and other products are available through Dē Design.


August 2016 – Volunteer of the Month – Kate Tryhorn


Kate is a founding member of West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue. She is one of those people who saw a need, and stepped up to fill it.

She served as President of the WCDC Board from 2007 until 2015.
And following her retirement from the board (when not riding her horse), Kate is still working with WCDC to organize adoption events, set up a cat condo for a new foster, explain the medical needs of our rescued kitties to a newly-partnered veterinarian, rescue kittens from someone’s yard, offer counsel and advice to a confused volunteer, work at our fundraising events, foster adventurous kittens or elderly cats, and so much more.

July 2016 – Volunteer of the Month – Leslie Earl

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We are happy to announce that Leslie Earl is our Volunteer of the the Month for July. Congratulations Leslie! Leslie is quite simply a wonderful team player and avid animal advocate! We are so very lucky to have her on team & in our village! From finding helpful items at area garage sales, playing with the kitties and promoting our cats over and above the call of duty with consistent postings on Facebook and elsewhere. She dedicates a lot of time to South in socialization but also fills in at North. All of this and a key person working with the adoption team in doing data entry so our kitties end up on PetFinder. Thank you Leslie, from all of us at West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue.

First Annual CATinental Breakfast – July 16, 2016

Saturday, July 16th, 10:00am to 11:30am, Alton Baker Park, Shelter 2, West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue will celebrate our Volunteers.

We will provide Pastries, Coffee, Tea, Juice, Fruit and Fun!!  Come with your smile and your imagination.

Please RSVP by clicking on this link. (old event so link is disconnected)

June 2016 – Volunteer of the Month – Sarah Nyburg

Sarah Nyburg


Sarah has been an amazing addition to the Surrender Team. Most people don’t realize there is a Surrender Team or how difficult it is to be on. Surrender requests are never-ending and always sad. Sarah is the first point of contact to people needing assistance. No matter what the circumstance, Sarah always responds in a timely and professional manner providing people in crisis much needed support and resources and showing them how much she and West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue care about them and their pets. She keeps our data up to date and really is the backbone of our team. We appreciate her so much and we are very fortunate to have her.

List of Past Volunteers to be Recognized

All of you are special. Obviously, without you Cat Rescue & Adoption Network wouldn’t exist. We do recognize one or more volunteers for extraordinary contributions on a monthly basis. We have only been keeping a history of this since 2014 but we thought it appropriate to list them out for you. We included links to those who’s posts are still available. You may also use the search box or scroll through the News to find more information about these extraordinary cat heros.

Louanne Koch – 12/18
Lisa Lundquist – 11/18
Michelle Bales – 10/18
Linden Aitken – 9/18
Ronelle Kuhnhenn – 8/18
Chandra Slonecker – 7/18
David West – 6/18
Lucinda Henderson – 5/18
Ashley Papendieck – 4/18
DeAnn Warren – 3/18
Marci Seghetti – 2/18
Susan Orr – 1/18
Kim Konevich – 12/17
Sharil Stinson – 11/17
Stephen Parkinson – 10/17
Toni Ray – 9/17
Donna Johnson – 8/17
Jane Kwiatkowski – 7/17
Roxanne Jensen – 6/17
Jessica Kosie – 5/17
Dave Dorrance – 2/17
Debi McNamara – 1/17
Kim Chapman and Greg Pope – 12/16
Charlie Chang – 11/16
Mary Sooh – 10/16
Dune Erickson Hyatt – 9/16
Kate Tryhorn – 8/16
Leslie Earle – 7/16
Sarah Nyburg – 6/16
Melissa Pletcher – 5/16
Christina Drumm – 4/16
Beth Swanson – 3/16
Tina Sue Ferkey – 1/16
Darcy Belshaw – 12/15
Donna Halker – 10/15
Danielle Jackson – 9/15
Allison Baker – 8/15
Aven Wright-McIntosh – 7/15
Rob McIntosh – 7/15
Alena Vasques – 6/15
Julie Tanit – 6/15
Tarah Campi – 4/15
Mannie Minner – 4/15
Louanne Koch – Spring 2015
Martha Scofield – 3/15
Judy Potter – 3/15
Sharon Trigg – 2/15
Jimi Vickers – 2/15
Sharon Kimble 12/14 (Vol of Year)
Gail Zadakis 12/14 (Vol of Year)
Julie Mason – 2014
Norma King – 2014
Irene Beltzer – 2014
Beth Swanson – 2014
Lyllian Breitenstein – 2014


Selection criteria and minimum requirements are listed below. Nominations are welcome from active volunteers and may be submitted by email, mail, phone, Facebook post, etc. with a brief description of achievements. The CRAN Board approves the selection and the Volunteer Coordinator finalizes promotion and announcement.

  1. Commitment to the CRAN mission “To provide care and find loving homes for cats in the Eugene/Springfield community with a focus on those with special needs.”
  2. Minimum of one year of continuous volunteer service
  3. Preference for support in more than one program area such as fostering, cattery, adoption counselor, ringworm treatment, transporter, operations (phone work, data entry, promotions), etc.
  4. Consistently demonstrates teamwork and ability to work together with others cooperatively

May 2016 – Volunteer of the Month – Melissa Pletcher

Melissa Pletcher


Melissa Pletcher is an amazing person and a fantastic volunteer. Even though she’s been with us less than a year, Melissa has packed more than a year’s worth of help into her hours with West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue. She quickly grasped what needed to be done as an adoption counselor and jumped into the front lines for the customer-packed “Pet Photos with Santa” fundraiser as well. As her original volunteer application stated, she excels at “people, pets and paperwork” and we put all her talents to good use. And even though she is moving to North Carolina in June, she has continued to pack shifts into her schedule through May and even helping out with a short-term foster as she packs her home and she says she is willing to continue to assist with our rescue efforts from afar after she moves. Thank you Melissa for your dedication and talent!

April 2016 – Volunteer of the Month – Christina Drumm

Christina Drumm


Christina Drumm has become a key volunteer in WCDC’s goal of improving the health of cats in our care. She also leads our fight against ringworm, the benign fungus that many of our local shelters can’t handle.

Combining her background as a high school biology teacher with her deep love of cats, Christina has become our ringworm expert: supervising and helping fosters treat infected kitties (including bathing and lime-sulfur dipping the cats); collecting, growing and evaluating fungal cultures to monitor the cats’ improvement; and providing overall supervision of the health, socialization and progress to adoptability for the estimated 30+ cats in our care with ringworm.

Recently adopted kitten Mae is just one example of the kitties Christina nursed:  Mae was suffering from ringworm, dehydration, malnutrition, lice, fleas and a horrible upper respiratory infection when the little under-socialized kitten was caught and brought in for medical treatment.


Now healthy, spunky, loving and adopted, Mae’s progress is a remarkable testament to the wonderful team effort of many caring volunteers, and Christina’s dedicated efforts.


Christina also acts as a foster mentor, providing moral support and helpful information to several cat foster parents in our organization. Volunteer medical assistant, volunteer ringworm treatment coordinator, foster parent and foster mentor; in her “spare time” (real life) Christina teaches high school biology. Thank you Christina!

Volunteer Appreciation Week Begins – April 8, 2016


Volunteer Survey – Results are in!

Today is the first day of National Volunteer Week! Your week.

Congratulations! and thank you for all that you do.

Every day this week we will post a small token of our appreciation. So come back every day and check it out.

Today, I want to thank you for participating in the Volunteer Survey and tell you just a bit about the results.

We had 129 responses and received some very valuable information. Overall, the tone of your responses was very positive. You also had some great ideas and constructive comments.

One very telling response was regarding the question “Where did you first hear of West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue?”

The #1 response, by far, was at the adoption centers from other volunteers. And #2 was word of mouth.

Also interesting were results to the question “What can we do to show more appreciation?” Many, many people said “Working with and finding loving homes for the kitties is all the reward I need.” This warms my heart. In fact, every time I see a photo of an adopter with their new kitty, it makes all the effort worth it.

Thank you again for all that you do and remember, check back here as we’re going to post the winners of the Amazon gift card drawing for survey participants.

Robert McIntosh, Interim Volunteer Coordinator