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.
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.
In just one year, Ruth’s abilities to get in, get it figured out and get it done in our cat rescue world has been enthralling to watch – what a thrill! Whether it’s caring for ringworm kittens, juggling a never-ending stream of needy fosters, assisting with trapping and intake, photographing for promotion, developing improved operational methods, soothing and cuddling (cats mostly but people too as needed!), and most recently as adoption counselor, we are one lucky volunteer group to have her with us. And all this on top of working full time with an active family as well.