Volunteer Spotlight with Pati Hinkel

Let's face it. There are so many cats in need that if we didn't have volunteers helping us, we could never accomplish helping the kitties at Furry Friends.  It's so inspiring knowing that each of the kitties in our care has so many heroes working to help them find a better life and a permanent home.  We want to shine the spotlight on one of our amazing volunteers who help us make Furry Friends a success. 

Name:  Pati Hinkel 

Current employer or place of business:  Community Services Northwest-I am a chemical dependency counselor-work with pregnant/parenting addicted moms in Clark County. I have worked for the same agency for over 25 years.  I have a job that I absolutely love-drug/alcohol counseling with pregnant/parenting addicted moms in Clark County.  Very rewarding and never a boring day! 

Organization I volunteer with: Furry Friends which is a cat adoption agency in Vancouver. I volunteer every Monday evening at the Halfway House and have been doing this for three years. I feed, clean and pet the cats. The kitties love affection, they are so love starved. I would love to see more people volunteer with this group. The Halfway House is where they house most of the cats. Some cats live with foster caretakers and some are at the Adoption Center at PetSmart in Hazel Dell, WA. 

How I got involved: Heard all about it from a friend 

Why I give back: Rewarding and very, very fun. My favorite part about being a volunteer with Furry Friends is spending time with other people who LOVE cats, as much as I do! I have two cats and a dog at home and I can’t imagine my life without them. They bring so much joy to our household. 

Proudest moment as a volunteer: Sponsoring my own table for the annual Furry Friends fundraiser/auction. The next auction will be coming up September 17, 2016, called ‘My Fair Kitty’.  I’m looking forward to helping with that event. 

What local challenge or issue are you most passionate about? I’m passionate about helping homeless people and animals. I wish I could help them all. 

Just for fun: What are your hidden talents, hobbies or interests? My Granddaughter, gardening, working out, cooking, traveling.  Got my first pet (cat) at the age of 54!  I am hooked; there will always be a cat in my household. 

About Furry Friends

Furry Friends Washington is a 501c3 charitable organization that has been serving Clark County since 1999. This no-kill organization is operated and run completely by volunteers and dedicated to providing rescue, necessary medical, and spay/neuter for neglected and homeless cats while finding them forever homes. For more information, visit www.furryfriendswa.org or contact information@furryfriendswa.org or leave a message at or at (360) 993-1097.