I have been with Furry Friends for 5 years. I had looked online for volunteer opportunities when I got close to full retirement and Furry Friends looked like a good fit. Although I had been volunteering at the Humane Society, I wanted to focus more on cats.

I always volunteer on Friday mornings — cleaning, feeding and socializing our kittens and cats. The biggest challenge for me is overcoming my fear of anxious and/or hostile cats, and I derive the greatest sense of satisfaction when those cats calm down and begin accepting all of the love we have to give them.

After suffering a severe wrist injury in 2017, I rediscovered my love of cats, and I retired as a Registered Nurse in 2018. I had previously been a German Shepherd mom but realized that I needed a smaller pet to care for.

Enter my current dog: an adorable 11-pound Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Not to mention the three cats that I adopted from the Humane Society. (I started adopting and couldn’t stop)!

When I’m not volunteering at Furry Friends or caring for my four pets, I enjoy taking Zumba and yoga classes at Firstenburg Community Center. I love Sudoku, Mahjong and reading both fiction and non-fiction. I also knit and crochet and donate those items either to Goodwill or 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.


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