Stephen Parkinson 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. Thank you Stephen for your good heart and great energy in support of Cat Rescue & Adoption Network.
- Toni Ray, our volunteer of the month for September 2017, has been active with our cat rescue group since 2014 first as a foster and socializer. In late 2016, Toni founded her own group, Community Cat Advocacy Team Springfield (CCATS). CCATS utilizes the trap/neuter/return (TNR) concept to partner with other community resources to improve the lives of homeless cats; feral, stray, abandoned, and the kittens born to them. She has worked tirelessly to thus far rescue an estimated 159 cats and TNR nearly 300. Many of them found their new families through Cat Rescue & Adoption Network. When she’s not trapping, nurturing or advocating on behalf of the cats through CCATS, Toni enjoys long hikes with her two Rott/Pit mix dogs, Lulu & Marlow (both rescues) and especially spending time with her grand baby Mackenna who is already following in Grandma’s footsteps with the animals. “It takes a village to rescue. I love that CRAN is a part of my village as we share the same passion and commitment to the animals in need in our community!” Congratulations Toni and Thank You!
Donna Johnson has volunteered with us in the cattery since 2013, always as a cleaner, at our partner location inside PetSmart on Chad Drive in Eugene. “I love cats! I was raised with cats and I love everything about Cat Rescue & Adoption Network!” Donna said on a recent afternoon shift. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, Donna rises at 5:00am and catches the 6:15am bus at her Springfield home to reach the cattery by 8:30am. She provides care and feeding to the cats available for adoption, plays with them and interacts with visitors. At about 11am, she catches the bus again and returns home, another two-hour excursion. “My brother says, ‘that’s too much bus riding for me’ and I tell him ‘well, I’m not you!’” She has one cat at home, Missy, who is 10 years old. When asked what advice she might offer a new volunteer in the cattery, Donna said “Clean the cages and do it right. Be good to these cats!” Thank you, Donna for your commitment and dependability. Congratulations as our August 2017 Volunteer of the Month!
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Jane Kwiatkowski – I have loved cats all my life. One of my earliest and happiest memories is of my family’s black cat, pressing against my side like a wall of softness half as tall as me when I was a baby. My best buddy of childhood was my grey cat who played with me and followed me like a dog everywhere I went in our neighborhood. When my husband and I were newly married, our first “cat” was a quietly smiling, fuzzy black gumdrop-shaped toy cat who lived on the top shelf of our bookcase in our apartment where we renters were not allowed to have a real cat.
Cats became a permanent part of my family when my children were young, and a tiny grey-and-white tuxedo girl was dropped in our yard when we weren’t looking. Of course, we had to get her a friend, so she was soon joined by a spotted black-and-white tuxedo boy from the shelter. In the 30 years since then, we have had five more cats, two or three at a time, up through our current two boys, one of whom “followed me home” from the PetSmart North cattery in 2013.
Until recently I was always busy with family and work, so I never had time to do more for cats than share my home and love with these seven furry family members. But now, after retiring, I finally have time to join other volunteers helping cats and kittens find real homes and families.
I am one of the cattery volunteers who helps the cats and kittens get as comfortable as possible so that prospective adopters can see them at their best and most social. What I love is patiently waiting for them to overcome their shyness to allow me to make contact. I love the delicate extension of trust they give – if you wait long and quietly enough. And best of all is the chance to give them tenderness once they let you begin petting them, or when they finally climb into your lap, or when a little kitten relaxes completely into sleep in your arms, or leaps with delight after a toy. (Editors note: Jane was too shy in her bio to mention that she is the creator of our new logo design. Everyone is very excited)
Roxanne Jensen assists our cat rescue efforts behind the scenes all the way from Spotsylvania, Virginia(!). Roxanne works with our online cattery scheduling system (SignUpGenius) and our volunteer database to determine how many hours volunteers contribute each month. She pulls three different reports for the adoption center partner volunteers (Petsmart on Chad Drive, Petsmart on Willamette and Petco at Valley River). “I use what they signed up for and what they say in the comment section to determine their total time. Then I use a report in the new database to give the active fosters their volunteer hours.” To catch many other volunteers who work outside the adoption centers (transport, medical coordination, etc., etc.) Roxanne sends a monthly email to ask them for their time. These volunteer hours are used when applying for grants and donations and help us estimate what it actually takes to run our all-volunteer cat rescue group. “I volunteer because I love animals. If I could take them all home I would. I stay with WCDC because I started there and you have made it so easy to stay and help out.” Thank you Roxanne! Roxanne has been an active volunteer since 2015.
Jessica Kosie is one of our administrative and paperwork goddesses without whom we could not function. She has been an integral part of the Petsmart South team since 2013 when she was a socializer at the cattery at 2858 Willamette St. Now she puts together most of the adoption folders and cage cards for the cats and places the weekly Register Guard newspaper ad along with ads in other local publications to promote our adoptable cats. Jessica handles the Lane Rescues 30
Dave Dorrance has been a dedicated, dependable volunteer for WCDC for two years (and counting). In fact, it was exactly two years ago today, March 24, that Dave completed orientation/training as a socializer in the adoption center inside Petsmart on Chad Drive in Eugene. The kitties there look forward to greeting him Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00-4:00pm where Dave gives them lots of fun toy time and snuggles.He fills visitors in on the adoption process and loves to share the unique history of each rescued kitty to find just the right fit. 30
Debi McNamara is our Volunteer of the Month for January 2017 for her continued dedication and ongoing commitment to care for our feline friends. Since 2007 Debi has rescued strays and ferals all around her Oakridge community. She also works full time for the Lowell School District as their Business Office Manager. There’s really never been a time Debi hasn’t had at least one homeless cat in her care in varying stages of health, socialization and adoption. Over the past year alone, Debi has partnered with other volunteers and WCDC to reclaim the lives of nearly a hundred stray cats in the Oakridge community. 30
Kim Chapman and Greg Pope
The dynamic duo of Kim Chapman and Greg Pope have been a tremendous force in furthering the success of West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue since they joined in the fun of WCDC over a year ago. Always eager to help wherever needed, they have fostered, transported, adopted, cleaned cages, taken photos with Santa, made bedding and jewelry for sale and donation, participated in promotions and contributed countless hours and love for the tender furry souls in their care. 30