Local 13-year-old “teamster” Jillian McCann Pardini of Duvall helped drive the horse team that pulled Santa up and down Main Street during the Christmas “Light up Duvall” event.
Jillian, a serious animal lover, is in the 7th grade at Tolt Middle School. She is driving the team with her “extra” grandpa, Gerhard Jorgenson of Jorgenson Enterprises, well-known locally for his horse and wagon rides during Valley events. (Photo by Lisa McCann)
As the New Year gets underway, many people have resolved to volunteer more and get involved in their community. Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) has many exciting opportunities in 2015 for people who love animals and want to make a difference.
RASKC is especially seeking residents of Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Sammamish, and other Eastside cities who would like to volunteer at the Eastside Pet Adoption Center at Kirkland Petco. The new location at 12040 NE 85th St. opened last June, and has quickly grown into a favorite stop for prospective pet owners. Volunteers are needed at the Eastside center every day for two hour shifts between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
“Volunteering for Regional Animal Services is a wonderful way to help people and pets in our region,” said Sarah Luthens, volunteer program manager for RASKC.
In addition to opportunities at the Eastside Pet Adoption Center, there are also volunteer positions available at the main King County Pet Adoption Center in Kent, and opportunities to volunteer at RASKC adoption partner stores and offsite pet adoption events throughout King County.
All RASKC volunteers are thoroughly trained by staff and more-experienced volunteers. A wide variety of jobs are available, from “kitty cuddler” to dog walker to shelter helper. Volunteers are expected to commit at least two hours a month for a minimum of six months.
Relaxing comfortably in a recliner in the home she was born in 100 years ago and has lived in all her life, she was remembering the time when she was little and would visit her father’s store. “They called me the ‘candy tester,’” she joked, “because I liked to try out all the candy.”
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