Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Name: Rebecca F.

Volunteer Since: September 2018

Volunteer Specialty: Cats

Personal Pets: None right now, so the shelter animals get even more love!




We know we have the best volunteers when even the cat volunteers are looking out for the dogs!

Rebecca noticed that our backyard area was in need of some attention and recognized how important that space is for the health and wellbeing of our dogs. In addition to staff and volunteers giving dogs potty breaks out there, the outdoor area is also a place where dogs can climb agility equipment, jump on and off platforms, learn how to walk nicely on leash, and simply enjoy a myriad of sights and smells outside of the shelter walls. These training and enrichment opportunities are extremely important for our dogs’ mental and physical health during their stay.

Although Rebecca typically serves the shelter by cleaning the cattery kennels and providing training & enrichment to our adoptable cats, took the initiative to help us spruce up our backyard. By utilizing her contacts, Rebecca was able to obtain us a free consultation with a landscaping company. This helped us consider how to better provide long term care for the backyard and steps to take next.

On a Tuesday morning in late July, Rebecca helped lead a volunteer group from Umpqua Bank in pulling weeds and making our backyard beautiful again and even loaned her own personal gardening tools to help make it happen.

We are grateful to Rebecca for going above and beyond her normal volunteer responsibilities to help us!



Two images showing the animal shelter backyard before weeds were pulled and after