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.
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.
I rescued my first cat when I was in 4th grade and never stopped. In January of 2013, I took in my first foster for CRAN (then West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue). I liked working with CRAN so much that I have been working with them ever since. I am impressed by the complete dedication to each cat in our program. We provide any and all medical care necessary and never euthanize a cat unless it is suffering and it cannot be treated. We never turn away a cat due to medical issues and we really evaluate adoption applications to make sure the adopters will provide good homes for our cats. For these reasons, I continue to volunteer. I have worked on the Surrender Team and I found a niche fostering extremely shy/traumatized cats. I am doing less fostering these days and doing more with marketing and promoting cats. Early on, I discovered a passion with using technology to find cats homes and started using video. I continue to use video as a tool as well as social media. I am also managing the website and have started a quarterly newsletter and keep the stats. I hope to also develop more educational materials. To support my cat habit, I have worked as an Occupational Therapist and as a Computer Programmer. Both of these professions have given me skills that are helpful in cat rescue. I have rejoined the Board and hope to be able to offer technology, social media, educational and marketing assistance and insight through my many years of volunteer experience with the organization.
Board Member – Secretary
I first learned about CRAN when I wandered into the Petsmart cattery on Chad Drive in August of 2017. The volunteer at the time recruited me to clean cages and socialize kittens. As a lifelong cat lover, I jumped right in. From there, I became an adoption counselor and then transitioned to the medical team, treating ringworm and socializing feral cats. I am now helping treat ringworm cases in our new medical facility—this is something I am passionate about because ringworm should not be a death sentence, it’s a treatable fungus. I also foster feral nursing Mamas and their litters. I look forward to serving on the board of directors and continuing to support this amazing group of volunteers who dedicate their time and resources to helping cats and kittens in need.
Tammy Goss – Treasurer