Caroline has volunteered at Furry Friends since June 2022, and although the friend with whom she started left, she realized ours was an environment she really enjoyed, and stayed.
Working as a shift lead for about 2.5 hours each week, she usually arrives 30 minutes earlier to perform a mixture of duties that revolve around cleaning, getting food ready, sweeping, washing, drying, folding clothes, handling the trash and recycling. She also acts as the “go-to” person on her shift to answer any questions.
Two of her biggest challenges are cleaning up all of the cans after finishing making the cats’ food and administering meds to squiggly, wiggly kitties. One of her greatest pleasures, on the other hand, is witnessing the progression so many cats make from terrified to tender, from afraid to affectionate, from shy to sweet and snuggly. The other is the many friends she has made and sees on a regular basis outside of the rescue, while her proudest moment as a volunteer was helping with an adoption and seeing a cat go home to his forever home.
Caroline, who has broken 22 bones, almost all from playing professional and college water polo as a D1 athlete, has two cats of her own, a female tabby named Juno and a female black cat named Olivia — both such sweethearts. She had actually moved from San Diego to Vancouver shortly before starting to volunteer with us to be closer to family, to a place that was more affordable, and to settle down with her fiancé. She currently works for the government building training programs that teach the public how to apply for grants and teach immigrants what government resources are available to them.
For her, important local issues include addressing homelessness, providing affordable housing to all, providing more LGBTQ protection and, most of all, spreading the love. She also wants to thank everyone whose tireless efforts and continuous socialization provide our cats with such an enriched environment and make them such well-adjusted cats.
In short, Caroline Sandri is happy to be on the team at Furry Friends!
Furry Friends Volunteer Spotlights are compiled and written by Nomi Berger who is the bestselling author of seven novels, one work of non-fiction, two volumes of poetry, and hundreds of articles. She is a volunteer writer for Furry Friends in Vancouver, WA and also volunteers her writing skills to animal rescue groups in Canada and the USA.