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. You can donate as many or few hours a week as you want. We would just want you to be consistent. The hours would be flexible. Volunteer duties may include wellness checks, administer vaccines, microchips, blood draws, as well as determining need for further examination by a veterinarian.
The main mission of Furry Friends is finding forever homes for the kitties in their care, but it needs qualified people in these key positions to make that happen. You will be rewarded in purrs and meows by all the furry guests and make some great relationships with the other dedicated volunteers.
We are also looking for people that are able to medicate cats. We often have a cat or two at our shelter that requires daily medicine before 9:30 am each morning. You would need to be able to give a cat a pill or administer meds for eye infection or rub medication in a cats ear.
Furry Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill organization that rescues and adopts out homeless, relinquished, and abused cats in Clark County, Washington. They care for the kitties as long as it takes to find their forever home. They are an all-volunteer organization; there is no paid staff. Because we are a no kill operation, we end up with more cats that need medical attention than some of the other shelters.
Spotlight on Sandra Bush, Vet Tech extraordinaire
Sandy Bush is a person that loves animals so much that she has dedicated her life to their wellbeing. It was over 18 years ago that she received her Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Medicine from Portland Community College and she has been a Veterinary Technician ever since. Her compassion for animals runs deep and she gets much reward from helping them out.
About 9 years ago Sandy met Jennifer Hart of Furry Friends. Jennifer was volunteering at a Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) event and Sandy happened to strike up a conversation with her. Sandy was looking to contribute some time to helping cats and Furry Friends, which is located in Vancouver, Washington, was looking for more Vet Tech help with their growing organization. It was a purrfect match.
Sandy began her volunteer work with Furry Friends helping out the lead Vet Tech, and then it wasn’t long before she was the lead Vet Tech. Her work load has grown right along with Furry Friends requiring more and more of her time. For 2019 there have been about 230 cats under her care. That is a lot of cats for one person to be watching over. Some of the cats and kittens are adopted out quickly, while many more end up staying with Furry Friends for months and some for years.
When cats and kittens come in to Furry Friends, they all go through a wellness checkup with Sandy. This exam can take 15 to 25 minutes per cat. The kittens will end up having a 2nd checkup 4 weeks later. The initial exam includes: checking heart & lungs, testing for feline leukemia & aids, treatment for fleas, ear mites & worms, their eyes and skin is checked, scanned to see if they have a microchip. If the cat does not have a microchip, she will insert one. If the cat has not been spayed or neutered and is over 3lbs, they will be scheduled for an operation. If the cat has other health issues, they may have to go to visit the Vet at Claus Paws. In addition to the initial wellness checkup, she and an assistant perform a monthly checkups on each of the cats in Furry Friends care which takes at least 5 hours to complete.
With so many cats in her care, there are always those needing daily medications. She ends up coming to the Furry Friends Halfway House one to three times a day to give medications. In addition to that she is run ragged taking cats to the vet.
We would very much like to find more help for Sandy such as finding another Vet Tech that could work a few hours a week. Or perhaps someone to give some critical meds to cats so Sandy does not have to make one to three trips to the shelter each day.
What is impressive, Sandy, like the entire dedicated staff at Furry Friends, works on an entirely volunteer basis. Payment comes in the form of knowing she is making the world a better and safer place for kitties that wouldn’t have a fighting chance otherwise.
In the rare moments when Sandy is not consumed with cats, she loves to visit antique shows with her mom. She is also a car buff and loves visiting classic car shows with her boyfriend and watching NASCAR. Then she comes home to cuddle with her own two cats Nemo and Buddy. You guessed it; yes these were Furry Friends kitties that she adopted. You can’t work so long around these cats without one or two coming home with you.
We are so grateful for Sandy and her tireless effort for the kitties. She is an angel in the lives of our kitties and as a fellow volunteer for Furry Friends. She is a sacrificial person and it is an honor to work by her side.
Furry Friends Washington is a 501c3 charitable organization that has been serving Clark County since 1999. This no-kill organization is operated and run completely by volunteers and dedicated to providing rescue, necessary medical, and spay/neuter for neglected and homeless cats while finding them forever homes. To find out more about Furry Friends, visit www.furryfriendswa.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org (360) 993-1097.