Kittens in need of foster parents

Kittens, kittens and more kittens. Spring has sprung and so has kitten season. Now is the time when all the female cats of the land that have not been spayed have their adorable offspring. Now comes the problem of how to deal with these bundles of love. Furry Friends, a no-kill, all volunteer, cat rescue organization in Clark County seeks to provide for as many of these kittens as their limited resources can handle.

Enlisting more kitten foster parents is the first step towards providing for these little ones. Foster parents care for kittens, socialize them as they grow and are weaned and provide space for mom cats to raise their young. Without fosters opening up their homes, Furry Friends would not be able to take in pregnant females or newborn kittens. Furry Friends provides the food, litter and medical for the cats and kittens in foster care and fosters provide the love and socialization.

By opening up your home to foster pets, you’re not only helping to save lives, you’re providing the individual attention and care these kittens desperately need. Kittens are some of the most at-risk pets in shelters because some require around-the-clock care, and most shelters don’t have the resources or staff to provide that level of care. Fostering helps kittens find forever families and it saves their lives.

Foster homes are asked to provide care for the kittens and provide transportation to and from medical appointments as needed. Care for foster kittens includes a feeding schedule, cleaning, and lots of snuggling and play time. Fostering kittens is a very rewarding experience. By participating in this program, you are saving lives and helping kittens find families.

How much time do I need to spend with the kittens?

As much time as you can. The more time you spend with your foster kittens, the more socialized they will be to people. The amount of time required for feeding will vary depending on the age of the kittens you are fostering. Very young kittens need to be bottle-fed every two to three hours if no mom available to nurse them, while older usually feed themselves between 4-5 weeks of ageup to 4 times a day. 

Can I foster kittens even if I have a full-time job?

Yes. The foster coordinator will match you with kittens appropriate for your schedule. You will need to be available, however, to take the kittens to a medical appointment if they are sick. All basic medical is done at the Furry Friends Halfway House in Vancouver. 

How long will the kittens need to be in foster care?

As soon as a kitten weighs 2lbs to 3 lbs it will be spayed or neutered and will be put up for adoption. Kittens usually start medical between 7-8 weeks of age.  We ask that they remain in your care till adopted. Usually the kittens are adopted out fairly quickly.


Furry Friends is in great need for kitten foster parents, won’t you consider becoming one today? Contact them at (360) 993-1097 or information@furryfriendswa.org for more information. Furry Friends is a 501(c)(3) 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. To find out more about this organization, visit www.furryfriendswa.org or www.facebook.com/furryfriends

Paying it Forward

YourName:  Karen Laksamana 

Current employer or place of business:  I started working at Formations Design Group in 1998 when I was still in college, and I became co-owner in 2006. We do web development and graphic design in downtown Vancouver. 

Organization I volunteer with: Furry Friends, a cat rescue organization. I currently design their quarterly newsletter, Formations hosts their website, and I work on the auction fundraiser committee every year and volunteer at the event. 

How I got involved: About 8 years ago, one of our clients at Formations—Iron Gate Storage, a primary sponsor of Furry Friends—asked if we would be willing to overhaul the Furry Friends’ website pro-bono. Since I’m a cat lover and it’s always fun to do a project that isn’t limited by budget, I jumped in. I soon got involved in other aspects of the organization. I later handed over the reins to the website to another developer who created a new WordPress site for Furry Friends, and I now help with design work instead. 

Why I give back: Initially it was because I just really felt like I could improve their web presence and give them more credibility as a non-profit to help them attract sponsors and donors. But I love the work they do and how committed they all are to the welfare of cats. I have three cats of my own and two of them are rescues.  

Proudest moment as a volunteer: Overhauling the bid tracking and checkout system for the annual Furry Friends auction and getting feedback that the process goes much smoother now that we use computers! The next Furry Friends auction will be September 17th at the Firtenburg Community Center. 

What local challenge or issue are you most passionate about?  As a local small business owner, I’m really interested in the drive to ‘buy local,’ to support local businesses, and the recent effort to create a technology zone in downtown Vancouver. 

Just for fun: What are your hidden talents, hobbies or interests? Well, I’m actually a pretty good pool player, and I love to play softball. I’ve also recently taken up trail running.

Declawing Cats: An Inhumane Practice

“Help! My cat is clawing up my sofa, should I get her declawed? I hear it’s an easy procedure.”

Unfortunately, I have heard this statement more than once. People often mistakenly believe that declawing their cat is an easy fix for unwanted scratching. Some may think that declawing is a simple surgery that removes a cat's nails—the equivalent of having your fingernails trimmed.

Declawing is not a trim; it is the amputation of the last bone of each toe. On a human, it would be like cutting off each finger at the last knuckle. It provides no benefit to the cat and does much harm.

Declawing causes problems such as: pain in the paw, bleeding, infection, tissue death, arthritis, loss of balance, and back and foot pain. A cat often turns to biting aggression or may not use the litter box because of foot pain. Many countries and several cities in California have banned declawing except for rare medical reasons. 

If you have problems with a cat that is inappropriately scratching, look at other more humane remedies for this problem. Scratching is a natural part of a cat’s life; you just have to understand what you can do to provide proper outlets for this behavior. 

There are some great resources if you would like to find out more about declawing or how to solve the inappropriate scratching problem. Check out some of these sites.

The Paw Project is probably the best source of declawing information http://pawproject.org/ 

Cat behaviorist Marci Koski wrote an excellent article on trimming cat claws and scratching.  http://www.felinebehaviorsolutions.com/trimming-cat-claws/. Marci has also done a podcast on declawing:  https://soundcloud.com/catchatpodcast/cat-chat-episode-03-cats-claws-and-declawing. The Truth About Declawing site talks about technical information about the declawing procedure and its repercussions: http://www.declawing.com/the-truth-about-declawing

Furry Friends honors volunteers who helped in 2015

Furry Friends recently honored those who volunteered for the organization in 2015. A record 13,339  hours were donated by more than 115 volunteers in 2015, making it the largest number of volunteer hours in the organization’s history.  Katherine Tucker had the most hours worked with 335 hours, Tonya Curtis came in 2nd at 271 hours and Marilyn Forker had 252 hours. Some of the jobs our volunteers perform include: Cat care, feeding and cleaning at the halfway house and adoption center, cat socializing, transporting cats, trap-neuter-return team, social media, publicity, marketing, graphics, photography, event planning, cat medical care, adoption councilors, auction committee, executive board, educating the public, cat foster parents, fundraising and yard maintenance. Our volunteers are love in motion, they give sacrificially and they are paid in purrs and head butts.

About Furry Friends

Furry Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill organization that rescues and adopts out homeless, relinquished, and abused cats in Clark County, Washington. We care for the kitties as long as it takes to find their forever home. We are an all-volunteer organization; there is no paid staff.

For more information, please see the Furry Friends website at www.furryfriendswa.org  or by contacting us atinformation@furryfriendswa.org  or leaving a message at (360) 993-1097.

Spotlight on Furry Friends Volunteer, Lisa

Your Name:  Lisa 

Current employer or place of business:  large international computer company 

Organization I volunteer with: Furry Friends, Vancouver Washington 

How I got involved: My son needed a senior project for high school.  One of the staff members in the school office, mentioned Furry Friends. That began in May of 2010 and he still volunteers today, when he has time available. That was my introduction to Furry Friends.  I was intrigued by the dedication and caring of the volunteers and wanted to help. This is my forth year on the Dinner Auction Committee. 

Why I give back: I began volunteering in High School, as a candy striper. If you look around, there is a lack of resources everywhere you turn. The only way to fill those resources is through volunteers.  I want to a part of an organization that makes a difference.  Furry Friends is that organization Furry Friends is a responsible organization that has a proved track record of longevity in this community and fills a need for animals and people alike. 

Proudest moment as a volunteer: It was actually not as a volunteer but as a family looking for a pet. We had recently said goodbye to my son’s cat and our second cat was lonely.  I reached out to Jennifer Hart at Furry Friends to adopt.  Funny thing is, cats are like potato chips, you can’t have just one.  We now have 2 of Furry Friends many rescued cats in our home.  They have brought us a lot of joy AND entertainment! 

What local challenge or issue are you most passionate about? We live in a disposable society.  Be it natural resources, people, animals, etc.  It breaks my heart to drive along a street and see all the trash on the side of the road, or a pet that has been abandoned, the mentally ill living in the street.  I’m not sure how to solve it all, but if I can make a small difference and hope to be an example to someone else, then maybe that someone else will want to make a difference as well.

 Just for fun: What are your hidden talents, hobbies or interests?  For fun and relaxation I enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking, sewing and crocheting.

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.

The story of a failed foster parent

In the world of cats, a foster parent is a person who cares for a cat or kitten until they are old enough, well enough or socialized enough to be adopted. At Furry Friends, all of the kittens in our care start off in foster homes where they get lots of attention and become well adjusted to family life.

My story begins one cold and rainy day as my husband and I were driving home. We enter our neighborhood and a small kitten runs across the road. We parked the car and I went back to find the kitten. There he was, a little tabby kitten hunkered down in the wet grass, cold and afraid. It seemed to me that he was just waiting for me to come. I picked him up, brought him in the house, dried him off, and made a comfy place for him in one of the bedrooms.

We also have two 16-year-old senior cats. I didn’t think that a kitten would be good for them. They are both declining and I thought the stress of an active kitten would be too much for them. So, our plan was to be foster parents for the kitten until he was ready for adoption.

It was a good plan, but it didn’t work. This kitten stole our heart. We soon gave him the name Benny, and since we were not about to give him up, our foster parenting ended!

Then came the task of introducing him to our older cats.

In the ideal world, the newcomer cat has the same energy level and disposition as the resident cats. All my cats had similar dispositions, but the energy level was going to be a problem.

First step in the introductions is to expose all cats’ scents to each other. Any cloth item or blanket that your cats have been lying on will work. Introduce this cloth to the other cat(s) so they can get used to each other’s smell. It is helpful to put this near their food bowls. Next let them see each other, but keep them separate. Site swapping is beneficial. In site swapping you take the newcomer kitten/cat and put him/her in the area or room where the resident cat(s) roam, and you put the resident cat(s) in the room where the newcomer stays. The animals become more familiar with the smells. The final step is supervised visits with each other. Increase the amount of times for these visits daily.

The introductions for Benny, CC and Norman went okay. After an adjustment period, everyone got accustomed to what to expect from each other. Benny wants to play and rough-house too much with Norman, so we monitor that. One of the keys to success is for us to have two or three strenuous daily play sessions with Benny. We try to wear him out so he doesn’t pester the older cats, a plan that has worked well.

Bottom line is, we feel so blessed to have Benny in our lives. We are so happy that we failed as foster parents. He brightens our life daily. And he was a great companion for me when I broke my ankle. Benny was the perfect nurse during those slow days while I healed. I encourage everyone to become a cat foster parent, maybe you won’t fail like we did.

~Diane Stevens

Volunteer Spotlight on Furry Friends volunteer, Cindy Mael

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, which is a no-kill, all volunteer cat adoption agency in Vancouver, WA.  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.  Today we want to shine the spotlight Cindy Mael. Here is an interview that we did with her.

Name:  Cindy Mael

Employment: Self-employed medical transcriptionist.

Organization I volunteer with: Furry Friends

How I got involved: My husband and I saw Furry Friends at Esther Short Park back around 2008 and adopted a cat.  From there I became a volunteer, cleaning the Halfway House.  I also started doing pet visitations at nursing homes.   

My proudest moment: When doing visitations, it was really fun to see the faces of the residents when they saw a cat.  Also, I devised a wheeled walker (and then a stroller) to carry the cats from room to room.  The people loved seeing the cat in the stroller. 

What are some of your other interests? Hobbies include sewing, playing the piano, crossword puzzles and reading.  I’m also a member of a Kiwanis club, and volunteer with the quilt group and library committee at St. John Lutheran Church in Vancouver.  One of my favorite things is lunch with friends. 

Anything else you would like to add? I’ve been with Furry Friends for about 8 years.  We have one cat that we adopted from Furry Friends, and she’s a lot of fun.  I clean the Halfway House where the adult cats are housed one morning a week.  I have worked the cat adoption events at PetSmart in Hazel Dell and other locations. I have also enjoyed being involved in visitations at care facilities. Bringing a cat to one of these places brings so much joy to the residents. Since I went back to work, I’ve had to limit my volunteer activities.  

About Furry Friends

Furry Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill organization that rescues and adopts out homeless, relinquished, and abused cats in Clark County, Washington. They care for the kitties as long as it takes to find their forever home. They are an all-volunteer organization; there is no paid staff.

Benefits of pet ownership go beyond companionship

Miranda Larsen and Tango

Miranda Larsen and Tango

You may not know it, but Fluffy and Fido may be quite beneficial to your wellbeing. In addition to the love and companionship that they offer, the joy that you receive offers health benefits that are well documented.  Multiple studies show that pets can lower blood pressure, decrease stress and anxiety, boost immunity, and can help with allergies.

A recent study shows that children growing up with a pet in the home have a lesser chance of developing allergies and asthma as they get older. It also teaches the child about responsibility, and caring for others.

Pets not only help your physical health, but your mental wellbeing also. It has been known that playing with a pet raises serotonin and dopamine levels, which are the nerve transmitters that have pleasurable and calming properties. Pet owners are also able to cope with stressful situations better than non-owners.

“C’mon big dog; let’s go.”

It’s time to get out of the house and take a brisk walk through the neighborhood—big dog and his owner share a need for exercise, and somehow, walking together at least once every day usually makes exercise a pleasure. Having a dog is a great incentive for getting outside, or if you have children, dogs and kids can play for hours wearing each other out. It’s a win win situation.

Leash training has become more popular for cats, but you are not going to get the physical exercise that you need trying to take Fluffy for a walk. You will get more health benefits from the joy that a cat brings to you and the calming effect on your soul.

Adopting an animal in need is a wonderful feeling; and this feeling will never cease. You will get the enjoyment and companionship, and obtain all the health benefits that come with pet ownership. There are many animal shelters here in Clark County looking for you to find your perfect fur baby. One local cat rescue organizations called Furry Friends has a great selection of kitties for your perusal. Check out the available kitties on their web site at www.furryfriendswa.org.

~Natalie Luther

Volunteer Spotlight on Furry Friends volunteer, Tanika Campbell

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 treasured volunteers, Tanika Campbell. Here is an interview that we did with her. 

Tell us a little about what you do with Furry Friends?

I started out as a socializing volunteer last year in 2014. I also worked the Furry Friends table at the South Pacific Rum Bar in Vancouver one Saturday a month speaking with patrons about the rescue. My husband Mike and I also take our dog to senior therapy visits at assisted living centers twice a month.

How long have you been with Furry Friends?

We discovered Furry Friends exactly a year ago.

How did you get involved with Furry Friends?

We chose Furry Friends as one of the shelters to donate food and supplies from our annual animal shelter food drive.

Why do you do volunteer work?

It started when I was helping a family member who lost their job and struggled to make ends meet. My husband and I gave them food and supplies regularly so they would not have to stress over losing their beloved pets. After they got back on their feet I wanted to continue helping someone, realizing how fortunate we are.

Do you also volunteer for other places? What are they and what do you do?

Working at Frito we are able to purchase large amounts of cases of chips which we have donated to many shelters and events to say thank you for the hard work. Some of these have been the Humane Society, Fences For Fidos, Walk/Run for Pets Marathon, Furry Friends, National Guard.

What is your favorite part about volunteering for Furry Friends?

I love the variety of things you can do to help. There are many events to help with, dog therapy, and simply visiting and loving the kitties at the Halfway House and the Furry Friends adoption center at PetSmart in Hazel Dell. 

Do you have any pets at home?

Oh yes! A Chocolate Lab, a Chihuahua, 5 adorable cats (two of those were strays that popped into our yard this year), and fish.  I love animals. Their innocence and unconditional love is something I cannot live without.

Do you have a job outside of Furry Friends? If so, what do you do?

We work full time for Frito Lay. I am admin and my husband works as a shift lead

Tell us about other hobbies or interests that you have?

Majority of our time off is spent with our animals. We love taking our dogs to the park or for a ride. We love to travel, and taking pictures of wildlife.

Didn’t you recently organize a pet food drive? Tell me about that:

Four yrs ago we started an animal shelter food collection. It started with our own contribution. I posted on FaceBook (FB) to friends and family that we were donating, if they were interested in contributing let us know. Our family added a few bags to the pile as did a couple co-workers. We donated about 300 lbs of food.  The following year I posted about the food donation on FB, and made a slide on the reader board at work. We ended up donating about 700 lbs of food and 130 lb of litter. From there it has grown to our current donation of 1400 lb of food and 600 lb of litter, various supplies, and cash donations. I now utilize the reader board at work, FB, also a mission board which I post at Frito Lay, and many emails to food companies. Family also helps by sharing on their FB. We give to two local shelters which are Furry Friends and Second Chance Companions.

Didn’t you rescue a kitty at 2:00 am and were able to reunite him with his owners? Tell me about that:

 I was fortunately in the right place at the right time! I was driving home from work at 2am on Saturday and I saw a white cat on the side of the road. As I pulled over the kitty ran into the road, but stopped when I started talking to him. I scooped him up just as a car was coming upon us. Thankfully he had tags. I took him home, dried him off, and set up our spare room with food and blankets (he was not thrilled with our dogs). In the AM I contacted both numbers and spoke with his owners. Ten minutes later I took kitty home to his tearful mom who told me they had just returned home from the Seattle Children’s Hospital. She was so thankful that she didn’t have to tell her children that they had lost their kitty. It would have ruined Christmas. 

To Volunteer with Furry Friends

Furry Friends website at www.furryfriendswa.org  or by contacting them at information@furryfriendswa.org  or leaving a message at (360) 993-1097.

Furry Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill organization that rescues and adopts out homeless, relinquished, and abused cats in Clark County, Washington. Furry Friends cares for the kitties as long as it takes to find their forever home. They are an all-volunteer organization; there is no paid staff. 

To Volunteer with Second Chance Companions

Contact www.sccpets.com/  Phone:(360) 687-4569

Cats Meow has adoptable cats

Jasmine and Little Bear

Jasmine and Little Bear

Cat lovers who’d like to add another furry friend to their home and those who want to adopt for the first time now have another place in Clark County to visit kitties available for adoption.

The Cats Meow Boarding located at the Mill Plain/I205 intersection has offered the use of their Adoption Room to Furry Friends, a non-profit, all-volunteer cat rescue group, and the first two residents, Jasmine and Little Bear, have arrived.

Amber Groff and Jo Schmidt, owners of the Cats Meow say, “By housing our own separate cat adoption section within The Cats Meow facility, we will promote the connection between cat lovers and cats in need.  We will be showcasing cats available for adoption from Furry Friends.”

Jasmine and Little Bear are a bonded pair of littermates and must be adopted together. The two will do better in a quieter family where Little Bear and Jasmine are the only kitties or where there are no more than two other mellow cat friends.

  • Jasmine – Female spayed white Calico, 4 years. She’s friendly and energetic, skittish, loves to be petted and chase feather wands, but she can be shy and cowardly with other cats or in stressful situations. She has bonded to her littermate, Little Bear.
  • Little Bear – Female spayed Tortoiseshell, 4 years. She is friendly and gentle, loves to snuggle, be petted and held when she’s relaxed. She, too, is shy and cowardly with other cats or in stressful situations. She is bonded to Jasmine. Furry friends invites cat lovers to visit the Cats Meow Boarding and see if these kitties would be a good fit with their families and in their homes.

The Cats Meow, the only all-cat boarding facility in Southwest Washington, isn’t quite a typical boarding place; it offers cat owners the choice of four different sizes of suites for their feline companions. Owners can choose to have their cats stay in the Deluxe Studio, Luxury Suite, Double Deluxe Studio or the Penthouse. 

Jo Schmidt,  Amber Groff & Ollie

Jo Schmidt,  Amber Groff & Ollie

Amenities of the featured suites include ramps and shelving for play and climbing; bird viewing or TV area in the Luxury Suites; custom cat structures; comfortable beds and cubbies; skyboxes positioned for optimum sky-high views; socialization with volunteer “cat cuddlers;” climate control; daily email updates upon request; and access to veterinary care, only one block away.

Owners Schmidt and Groff say, “Our experience has been cultivated by our many years in the non-profit animal shelter sector. We will now bring that same commitment to promoting awareness of the ongoing need for adoptive homes. By housing our own separate cat adoption section within The Cats Meow facility, we will promote the connection between cat lovers and cats in need.  We will be showcasing cats available for adoption from Furry Friends.”

Furry Friends may be contacted at information@furryfriendswa.org or at (360) 993-1097 for more information.

The Cats Meow Luxury Boarding * 330 NE Chkalov Drive, Suite B, Vancouver, WA 98684 * 360-260-2287 * catsmeowboarding@gmail.com

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

Welcome to the Kitty Corner!

Whiskers the cat was cold, hungry, and alone. He was frightened and did not know what to do. He was suddenly homeless after his owners moved and left him behind.

Sadly, Whiskers’ story is one heard all too often by the volunteers at Furry Friends Rescue. Many people think a cat is ‘just an animal’ that will do fine if abandoned. This is so untrue. 

Here at The Kitty Corner, we hope to help people better understand cats and their needs. Here you’ll find tips on health and behavior, meet our valuable volunteers, and discover stories that will melt your heart — a few even written by kitties themselves!

If you are a person who can no longer keep your cat for any reason, you’ll find tips on what to do. Please consider the options.

Diane Stevens

Diane Stevens

Meet some new Furry Friends!

Volunteer Diane Stevens, the organization’s Marketing Director, is among the experts at The Kitty Corner. She is also a photographer, graphic artist, illustrator, event coordinator, and writer.

Volunteer Jenelle York will share stories of forever families (aka happy ever afters) found. Many of the kitties living in their forever homes have hit the kitty lottery. These success stories are wonderful and touching, especially when — as so often happens — the kitty’s former life was not so good.

About the organization

Founded in 1999, Furry Friends is a nonprofit, no-kill organization that rescues and adopts out homeless, relinquished, and abused cats in Clark County, Washington. Volunteers care for the cats as long as it takes to find their forever home. Furry Friends is all-volunteer, with no paid staff.

The house that serves as headquarters is undisclosed, closed to the public. While it may look like any other house on the block it is strictly the domain of cats.  Volunteers call the building a halfway house rather than a shelter.

Furry Friends cats can be viewed at furryfriendswa.org. Some are housed at the Cats Meow Boarding at 330 NE Chkalov Dr. in Vancouver, while others rotate weekly through the PetSmart Adoption Center at 316 NE 78th St. in Vancouver. Still others may be seen by appointment.

Currently, about 115 volunteers perform a variety of tasks, including feeding, cleaning, and showering the kitties with love. Many high school and college students volunteer in the evenings.

All our work is proven worthwhile when we see our cats find loving homes.

To learn more about Furry Friends Washington, their goals, how they are funded and how you can help, visit FurryFriendsWA.org.