Volunteer Spotlight on Jaimie Garver

Volunteer Spotlight on Jaimie Garver

Have you met Jaimie Garver? If not, chances are you will if you drop by the Halfway House even occasionally. This powerhouse, despite having only been a volunteer for less than two years, has taken on the demanding position of Furry Friends president. What’s more, she’s not just president, but is currently lead of park events, the grant team, the fundraising team, medical team, and Halfway House coordinator. That’s a mouthful to say and even more to do. So, how did she get to dedicating so many hours a week to Furry Friends?

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Olive and Kiondra Kuiper

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Olive and Kiondra Kuiper

“I originally had three cats, Crusty, Explorer and Screamer,” says Kiondra. “When Screamer passed, Explorer got really depressed because she no longer had her buddy and she started terrorizing Crusty, who prefers to be left alone. I wasn’t sure I wanted to get another cat but it became clear that both of mine would be happier with another one in our home.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Nora and Scooby and the Byrds

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Nora and Scooby and the Byrds

“Our home is alive again thanks to the antics of the amazing brother and sister kitten duo of Nora and Scooby,” admits Angela. “We had a beautiful, black shorthaired male cat for 23 years, and after we saw him over the Rainbow Bridge, we still had love in our hearts for another kitty. When we saw Nora and Scooby online, we knew that we needed them to fill up our hearts once more.

Volunteer Spotlight on Brooke Peterson

Volunteer Spotlight on Brooke Peterson

Introducing Brooke, the multi-talented, Japanese speaking, cat volunteering college student of the Monday halfway house shift! She has been volunteering since the summer of 2017 when she was debating what type of service to do for her high school’s National Honor Society. “I was most interested in working more with animals,” she said. “I have four cats of my own and feel more comfortable around them. So, a cat shelter seemed like the best fit for me!”

Volunteer Spotlight on Tina Starks

Volunteer Spotlight on Tina Starks

Like almost every kid at the Recycled Arts Festival, Tina Starks saw the booth with cats and immediately dragged my parents over so I could see. When her father made it clear that none of those cats were going to come home with Tina’s family, she did the next best thing: sign up to be a volunteer. So, at the age of thirteen, Tina began her journey with Furry Friends.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Ravenpaw and the McCanns

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Ravenpaw and the McCanns

“My boss at work is Jaimie Garver, your new president,” Helen says, “and I got to know Furry Friends through her. When seven-month-old Ravenpaw came into the shelter, she posted on her Facebook page a fundraiser for his vet bills with videos of him bravely trying to pull himself around on his front paws, while having two seriously broken back legs. He must have been in a lot of pain, but he still wanted to play!

Cats in need of a Vet Tech

Cats in need of a Vet Tech

Crazy about cats? Not enough hair on your clothes already? If you are a veterinary technician wanting to give back to your community, then Furry Friends would like to talk to you. The cats, kittens and good folks at Furry Friends are looking for a qualified volunteer veterinary technician to help with the medical duties.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail -Mr. Tumnus, Theseus and the Kushners

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail -Mr. Tumnus, Theseus and the Kushners

“The newest additions to our home, Mr. Tumnus and Theseus, were part of a long line of feline friends we’ve had over the years,” explains Andrew. “The two kittens took to our home and our huge cat pole right away. We have two older rescue cats named Lovebug and Cat King Cole who needed a few weeks to warm up to the new arrivals, but they soon became the best of friends.”

In the spotlight: Abi Harrington

In the spotlight: Abi Harrington

Abi has been volunteering with Furry Friends since October of 2018. She jumped in with both feet and we are amazed at all she does for the kitties. She has a heart of gold. When you email us at the information@furryfriendswa.org email address, she is the one on the other end receiving it. We treasure this girl and are so happy that she is with us. Here is what Abi has to say about herself.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Milk and Cookies and Summer Turpin

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Milk and Cookies and Summer Turpin

“I had four other cats in the past,” explains Summer, “but Milk and Cookies are my only kitties now. “How could I change such cute names when Milk and Cookies suit them so perfectly? “I chose them for several reasons. It was important to me that they’re sisters since I sometimes work 16 or 18 hours a day. Then, when I met them, they seemed so friendly and so cuddly that I simply couldn’t resist them.

FURRY FRIENDS’ FAVORITE FELINES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

FURRY FRIENDS’ FAVORITE FELINES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Familiar with the old axiom: never judge a book by its cover? The same holds true for cats deemed less desirable than other cats. These less than “purr-fect” kitties may have medical conditions, physical limitations or behavioral issues but we at Furry Friends believe that cats with special needs deserve special owners who are dedicated to both loving them and providing them with the care and support they deserve.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Franky and Jordan McEntaffer

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Franky and Jordan McEntaffer

“Franky (short for Frankenstein) is the first cat I’ve had on my own,” says Jordan. “I grew up with cats — as many as four at once — and while I called one of them mine, when I left for college, they all became my mom’s cats. “I may jokingly call myself a cat lady, but it’s true. I even tried unsuccessfully to talk my college roommates into allowing a cat, then resigned myself to waiting until I graduated to get one.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever: Jasper and the Emerts

Furry Friends Fur-Ever: Jasper and the Emerts

“Jasper, formerly Rascal (we wanted a name with a similar sound), is the most recent in a long line of kitties in our lives,” Mary says. “My kitty soul mate, Kisa,
passed away a few years ago. She was a beautiful Russian Blue, and my husband, Eric, also had gray cats he’d loved in the past. So when we saw Jasper at PetSmart and he immediately started purring and rubbing on the glass, we knew that he was the one.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Mr. Kitty and the Reynolds

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Mr. Kitty and the Reynolds

“We adopted our first cat, Walter, from Furry Friends in 2017,” Melissa explains. “And when we adopted Mr. Kitty, we kept his name because it just seemed to fit him. We call him MK for short. “Although we had to wait a few weeks before bringing him home (he underwent surgery on one of his eyes and needed to recuperate), it was worth the wait. And because our current cat, Walter, is extremely shy, we felt he needed a more extraverted cat to help bring him out of his shell.

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