Furry Friends rescue honor longtime volunteer


Staff at Furry Friends cat rescue hosted a retirement party for their longest active volunteer, Linda Rader, on May 12.

Rader retired after 23 years of helping the Furry Friends cats and kittens. She has been the foster coordinator, as well a current foster for hospice and senior cats. Rader once served as the vice president on the board and then as a board member.

She has worn many hats, a press release by Furry Friends stated. Rader has always held a leadership and board member position with the organization throughout her 23 years.

After Rader retired from her job, she decided to volunteer for Furry Friends, which was in its infancy at the time, the release stated. Furry Friends began in 1999 with Rader joining in 2001. Since then, she has volunteered many hours to the Vancouver feline rescue group.

Rader was the original adoption coordinator and handled the intake of all cats, coordinated their care, drove the cats to veterinary clinics, oversaw foster care, interviewed possible adopters, coordinated which cats go to adoption shows and adoption centers and handled all administrative details for each cat.

“This was a full time job for this so-called retired lady,” the release stated.

Furry Friends is a 501(c) 3  nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue and welfare of cats, serving Clark County and neighboring counties.