By Dawn Feldhaus
Doug Quinn, of Camas, is among the local residents who helped a cat rescue organization raise an estimated $32,500.
Quinn served as the auctioneer at the “My Fair Kitty” dinner and auction, Sept. 17, at the Firstenburg Community Center, in Vancouver.
It was a fundraiser for Furry Friends, an all-volunteer, no-kill cat rescue 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1999. Its mission is to help homeless, abandoned and abused cats by providing spaying and neutering, medical care and shelter.
Quinn has also volunteered as an auctioneer at events for the Camas Montessori School, Rocksolid Community Teen Center, in Battle Ground; Northwest Battle Buddies, the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial, Hope After Betrayal ministries, Fish First and CDM Caregiving Services.
He credits his mother with being a role model, by volunteering with hospice, Relay for Life and a local computer club.
“I realize that if I have the ability to help and serve, that I should,” Quinn said. “It’s natural do so.
“I work with passionate people who volunteer their time to help our communities,” he added. “I simply help them raise the funds needed to continue doing what they are passionate about.”
Diane Stevens, the marketing, publicity and creative director of Furry Friends, said in addition to the dinner and auction proceeds, the organization was presented with a check for $10,000 from Glen Aronson of Iron Gate Storage and $11,825 from Dr. Virginia Huang of Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery.
The money helps pay operating costs and for improvements to a building that the cats recently relocated to. Twenty-five cats were moved out of a rented three-bedroom house into a permanent “halfway house” in Vancouver.
In addition to plumbing and electrical projects, the renovation of the new shelter has included making the structure and parking lot ADA compliant.
“This house has been a labor of love,” Stevens said. “So many people have come together to make it happen — hundreds of hours painting, yard work, handyman jobs and more.
“Our sponsors have assisted us with donations, which is why we can even do this project in the first place,” she added. “We are so happy to have a place to call our own.”
For information about future Furry Friends’ fundraisers and volunteer opportunities, call 993-1097, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.furryfriendswa.org.