Heather Steinmann has a rich history with Furry Friends.

She and her husband Jon joined the cat rescue organization about nine years ago after they adopted a kitten and its Mamma from the non-profit. When the couple learned that Furry Friends had a shelter, Heather said, “Oh there’s somewhere I can volunteer, and I started.”

“I love Furry Friends,” she said. “I love the organization.”

Heather now volunteers as a shift lead for three or four hours on alternate Saturday evenings. During her years as a volunteer, she has performed a variety of tasks, including pet transportation and substituting. For about two years, she did voice mail—responding to voice mail.

“I feel good when the cats are adopted,” she said. “It makes me happy when they’re going into a loving home.”

She also enjoys learning about each cat’s personality. “It’s a little challenging to see what makes each cat tick.”

Heather and Jon share their Hockinson home with a large array of animals: Three cats, a dog, eight chickens, a cockatoo, and a dove. In addition, Jon owns a horse that he enjoys riding.

A vegan who “loves to bake,” Heather said, “I love turning regular meat meals into vegan meals.”

Heather does more than volunteer. She owns a house-cleaning business, Purrfectly Clean.


We would like to thank Alice Perry Linker for writing this spotlight. Alice is a retired newspaper reporter and editor who last worked for The Reflector in Battle Ground, WA.

Earlier, she worked for the La Grande (OR) Observer, and she and husband Ray owned the Creswell (OR) Chronicle for eight years. Alice, who now lives in Gresham, OR, has two sons and one grandson. She enjoys hiking, gardening and playing (badly) the piano. Alice has volunteered her writing and proof reading skills to Furry Friends for several years.

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