Doriel began volunteering with Furry Friends in the middle of 2023, after moving to Washington from Colorado the previous year. Not only was she looking for a cause that she felt drawn to, she also wanted to give back to the community that she now resided in.

Despite living with the challenge of Type-1 diabetes, she works at the Halfway House for two hours every Wednesday. What she loves most about volunteering is two-fold: the fact that we’re helping cats who otherwise wouldn’t have a second chance at life and the pleasure of getting to know fellow animal lovers.

A dedicated pet person, she has two cats and two dogs – a full house — at home, and considers her proudest moment as a volunteer adopting her kitty, Moon! Asked why she gives back, Doriel promptly replied, “My animals provide me with so much joy, and I wanted to make sure that animals less fortunate than they are could get the chance at a better life.”

Particularly passionate about protecting local wildlife, she recently volunteered for the Oregon Primate Rescue, helping with fundraising and cleaning. Her hidden talent is her ability to sing and play the guitar, sometimes both at once! She also loves reading, loves spending time outdoors, and she especially loves the ocean.

“I’m so thankful for all that Furry Friends has done for the cats and for me!” Doriel says. “I will forever love this organization.”


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.

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