Without the dedication of our 1,000 plus volunteers, we simply couldn't do what we do to help wild and companion animals in need.
Whether it's dog walking in torrential Pacific Northwest downpours, syringe-feeding baby mammals around the clock, opening up their homes to animals in need of foster care, or spreading the PAWS word at community events throughout the region, our volunteers make a huge difference every day of every year—and we are immensely thankful for them all.
Here are some of the special thanks given at this year's Volunteer Appreciation Party, an annual event that celebrates and congratulates our volunteers for all that they do.
Volunteers of the Year 2016
Kathleen Cottle, Companion Animal Shelter
Kathleen is one of our hard working Dog Behavior Volunteers. She is passionate about helping the animals at PAWS and is willing to pitch in anywhere she is most needed—whether it’s working with the dogs, transporting animals from the airport in her own vehicle, setting up adoption visits, or throwing in a load of laundry. Kathleen is a leader among her fellow volunteers and is also a dedicated foster parent. Thank you for everything you do for PAWS and the animals!
Jodi Gaylord, PAWS Wildlife Center
Jodi is our number one wildlife releaser, always prepared and happy to drive any wild patient anywhere for their release, even if that means sitting in rush hour traffic to release a Red-tailed Hawk in Puyallup! Because of Jodi’s readiness to respond, our patients are spending less time in our care, which reduces their stress. She also has amazing powers of organization. Put her on a project and she will get it done fabulously and in no time. And she makes amazing chocolate! Thank you for everything you do for PAWS!
Marin Henkels, PAWS Cat City
We are so lucky to have Marin as our one-woman welcome wagon, quite literally going the extra miles to safely shuttle cats down to Cat City every week! Her kindness and compassion ensure that these cats get to embark on the grand adventure of meeting their new families and finding a place to call home. We thank you for your boundless energy and dedication, which shines through in everything you do!
Nancy Ross, Foster Parent
Nancy and her husband are truly a force to be reckoned with when it comes to providing life-saving foster care. Since 2002, they have stepped up to the plate time after time, providing a safe home filled with love, comfort and medical care for cats and kittens in need. For the past two years this dynamic duo has been fostering cats with ringworm, best described as rub-a-dub kitty tub time, and even took on a rambunctious litter of six kittens requiring treatment at the same time.
Kathie Roth, Donor & Community Relations
Kathie has been volunteering with PAWS for nearly twelve years. Always eager to help with our special events such as PAWS Wild Night, and administrative tasks in the Donor and Community Relations department, Kathie accomplishes any task that is thrown her way. Her positive and calm demeanor along with her perseverance in accomplishing PAWS’ mission makes her a true champion for animals. Wishing her a big and heartfelt thank you for her ongoing and generous support.
Honorary Mentions 2016
Companion Animal Shelter
Mary Cleveland Brown
Donor & Community Relations
Foster Care Program
Ashley & Cindi Morrison
Jessica & Paula Parsons
PAWS Cat City
PAWS Wildlife Center
Jo Ann Syron