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 WCDC, I have the opportunity to help with the ongoing behind-the-scenes efforts that keep WCDC 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 started rescuing animals when I was four years old. I have volunteered with West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue for several years and felt the time was right to accept the invitation to become an active board member. My background includes working as a veterinary assistant, an occupational therapist, and currently as a computer programmer. I feel this combination of knowledge in veterinary medicine, people, project and program management, and technology will help me in my new board member role. I love fostering cats with medical and behavioral needs and marketing these special kitties to help find them forever homes through videos, photography, write-ups and social media.
My roles with WCDC include being Board Secretary, adoption counselor and foster parent, as well as joining in to support fundraising efforts and special events.
For many years now I have been standing up for animals, committed to being a voice for the voiceless. My mission is to help those that suffer, who are sick, homeless, abandoned, old and unloved…animal and man alike. During the many years I worked as a special education teacher, my energy went into my struggling students. Now that I am retired, I have time for cats! As someone who has had cats in her family for fifty years, I will never be able to give back all the love they have given me. But I will try.
I am involved with West Coast Dog and Cat Rescue for one simple reason, I love these little wonders. Since our first cat, Diamond, “found” us, till just recently when one of our fosters, Gigi, won over our hearts, I have enjoyed helping cats through fostering, donations and general volunteer help. I want to bring my 30 years of business experience to the organization and assist in helping WCDC to run as efficiently as possible.
I care about the work that WCDC does and I care about the welfare of animals in general. I want to contribute to the growth and development of programs in our community that aide cats in need as well as the people in our community who own and/or care for cats. I have an analytical nature when approaching a problem-solving situation and in decision-making processes that I think helps when it comes to actually getting work done and setting realistic goals.
As an active WCDC volunteer for several years, I bring a good familiarity with the organization, its programs and many of the people who are part of the WCDC 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.