Vaneesha and Veronica’s Story

Vaneesha and Veronica’s Story

It started out as a typical story for Furry Friends, a cat rescue in Vancouver, Washington. We received a call that there was a pretty grey mom cat that had seven kittens. We took the mom and babies in and they went to Veronica and Sam Roderick’s home for foster care. They named the mom cat Vaneesha. The couple cared for the babies making sure they were growing up healthy and happy so they could be adopted out. Veronica soon found out that Vaneesha was pregnant again. How could this be? The cat was not allowed to go outside while in her care. It turns out that cats can become pregnant while they are still nursing a litter. When we took Vaneesha in she was already pregnant. So Vaneesha was growing and getting ready to give birth to the next litter but there was a problem.

Furry Friends Spotlight on Debbie Baughman

Furry Friends Spotlight on Debbie Baughman

Debbie Baughman has volunteered with Furry Friends since August of 2017. She retired in 2016 and moved to Vancouver from Georgia. Wanting more to do in her down time and to get to know the area better she visited the Human Services Council in downtown Vancouver to find some volunteer opportunities. She saw Furry friends and knew that would be the purrfect fit. 

Furry Friends Fure-Ever Tail: Indigo and Sarah Davidson

Furry Friends Fure-Ever Tail: Indigo and Sarah Davidson

“I had many cats growing up,” Sarah says, “but Indigo is the first kitty of my own. When I adopted her, her name was India, but being a graphic designer who loves color, I changed it!
“In my search for a low-shedding cat, I learned that not only are Siamese low shedders but they’re also very smart and social, and so I inquired about India. A Furry Friends volunteer told me that she had been returned more than once for being too chatty and for sometimes biting. ‘She just needs to find someone who wants to talk to her all day,’ the volunteer said.

Questions and Answers with the Furry Friends Medical Director

Questions and Answers with the Furry Friends Medical Director

Kensie Broom Peterson is the Medical Director for Furry Friends. She has been with our organization since March 2021 and is our first ever employee working around 25 hours a week. We have saved so much in vet expenses by having Kensie as a part of our team. We are able to do more things in house and it allows us to use the savings to help even more cats. Kensie also has many connections in the Vet community which has enabled us to form even more partnerships. On top of her medical duties, she has also joined our Board of Directors to bridge the gap between the Board and the medical team ensuring everyone is on the same page and up to date with the care of our cats.
We had several questions for Kensie from Portland State University students that are writing grants for Furry Friends.
Question (Medical Funding for Seriously-Ill Cats): What is the capacity of the new Medical Director? I see they are able to aid in doing procedures in house, cutting costs. What are you able to do in house and what still needs to be done with outside partners?

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Annie and Nicole Lygo

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Annie and Nicole Lygo

“After the death of my beloved senior cat, Adelaide, I decided I needed a new friend,” says Nicole. “When I saw Annie’s picture on Petfinder, she was exactly what I was looking for: a younger cat with short hair and plenty of time left. When we met at her foster home, she immediately came up to me and demanded pets, and once her carrier was put out, she hopped right in, ready to go!

Milkshakes story and how she brought the community to the yard

Milkshakes story and how she brought the community to the yard

Milkshake was a stray girl who found her way to a loving community member. Right away she knew that the cat needed help as she was very pregnant. She took her into her home and kept her well fed and comfortable while she contacted local rescues. She got in contact with Jenn at Furry Friends and we just knew we had to take this girl in. It was a time deemed as “kitten season” so Furry Friends had many requests to take in pregnant mama’s. Fortunately we had just acquired several new fosters and we decided that Milkshake (named while with Furry Friends) would go to new foster mama Danielle.

Hercules & Starsky Hit the Jackpot

Hercules & Starsky Hit the Jackpot

Hercules (now Henry) and Starsky (now Eddie) hit the “Jackpot of Homes” when they were adopted by Chris & Diane in September 2020.  When released from their carriers, the first thing Henry and Eddie did was run about the house.  They ran around all night as if to say, “We’re free!  We’re safe!  We’re home!” 

Furry Friends Spotlight on Karen Laksamana

Furry Friends Spotlight on Karen Laksamana

Karen Laksamana is one of our volunteers that works behind the scene. She has been involved with Furry Friends since about 2008. She designs our yearly print newsletter and she works on the fall auction fundraiser committee every year and volunteers at the event along with her mom Cherry Berry taking care of the data input. We asked Karen a few questions, here are her answers.

Furry Friends Spotlight on Ruby Deal

Furry Friends Spotlight on Ruby Deal

Ruby Deal is one of Furry Friends newer socilaizers. She has been volunteering for the last 5 months. As a socializer her tasks include not only petting cats (although that is a perk!) but to give extra attention to the kitties who come in scared, abused, depressed/lonely, or a little feisty. 

Furry Friends Spotlight on Nichole White

Furry Friends Spotlight on Nichole White

Nichole is the shift leader for our Monday evening cleaning & care shift. When asked what she does during her shift, she said “When I come in and before I leave I do a full inventory of the cats at the shelter. I am always spending time with the kitties that need special attention. I pay close attention if they are eating and using the bathroom properly. I rely heavily on my team to tell me if they notice anything out of the ordinary and then make notes about it and pass the information along to the proper people. I clean and organize a lot at the halfway house. I make sure everything that needs to be done is done before leaving. I am also available most of the time if I am needed to come in and help.”

Furry Friends Spotlight on Paris Woods

Furry Friends Spotlight on Paris Woods

Paris Woods is one of our Furry Friends medical team volunteers who has been volunteering every Sunday since Sept 2020. She also likes to come in and socialize with the cats that need some extra attention. 

When asked what her favorite part of volunteering was she said it’s seeing all the kittens when they come in for their medical checks. So many cute kittens!

Volunteer Spotlight on Mike and Tanika Campbell

Volunteer Spotlight on Mike and Tanika Campbell

Mike and Tanika Campbell started with Furry Friends in 2012 by starting a food collection/donation at their work. This led into volunteering to be socializers and enrolling their lab in the pet assisted living therapy program. When Furry Friends made its big move into the current location they assisted with the tear down of everything, moving to the new place, yard work, and random handy work around the Halfway House. They also helped with in person events and kept four feral cat colonies fed over the years. Currently they are fosters for our medically needy adult cats, pregnant moms, & kittens. They are very good at coaxing cats out of their shells and getting them to trust people.

Furry Friends Spotlight on Lisa Baxter

Furry Friends Spotlight on Lisa Baxter

Lisa Baxter has handled the procurement for our annual fall auction for at least nine years now. It is a year round job. She often puts in close to 400 hours a year handling this big important job for Furry Friends. Here is a little about Lisa in her own words.

“How I got involved: My son needed a senior project for high school.  One of the staff members in the school office, mentioned Furry Friends. That began in May of 2010 and he still volunteers today, when he has time available. That was my introduction to Furry Friends.  I was intrigued by the dedication and caring of the volunteers and wanted to help. This is my forth year on the Dinner Auction Committee.

A Blessing in Disguise: Furry Friends and Second Chances

A Blessing in Disguise: Furry Friends and Second Chances

Before getting laid off from her design job in 2014, Stevens had often thought of what she would do when she reached retirement. “I knew I wanted to do animal welfare and my passion lies with cats and horses,” she says.

At 60-years-old, Stevens got a fresh start at Furry Friends, a no-kill, non-profit cat rescue organization that rehabilitates homeless and abused felines in Vancouver, Wash.

Volunteer Spotlight on Katherine Tucker

Volunteer Spotlight on Katherine Tucker

“Growing up, our family had dogs while most of our cousins had cats, and as a result, my sister and I loved ALL animals,” Katherine says. “When we moved to Texas, not only did my sister and I have horses, but so did both of my nieces. My youngest niece did dressage and boarded her horse at the stable that trained the two of them.

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Tecate and Sara Kirk

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Tecate and Sara Kirk

“Tecate (formerly Cognac) is my first cat and I love him so much,” says Sara. “He’s made me happier than I could ever have imagined and I’m lucky to have him in my life.
“We recently celebrated his first birthday and I look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with this little cutie. He’s also been leash/harness trained, allowing us to go on walks together outside, which is so much fun!

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Lucy and Kathleen Martin

Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Lucy and Kathleen Martin

“I’ve had fur babies my entire life, having grown up with both cats and dogs. As an adult, I’ve always been partial to feline friends, finding their personalities much like my own. Women and cats will do as they please. Men and dogs should relax and get used to it.

“Lucy already knew her name and because it suited her, I didn’t change it. Plus, it’s fun to call out ‘LUCY, I’m HOME!’ and hear her thunder down the hallway to greet me. Despite being quite standoffish when we first met, she got over her shyness quickly, revealing her true sweet and gentle nature.

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