In 2013, Vicki Colliander began volunteering at Kitsap Humane Society a couple years after moving to Washington from Minnesota. She was looking for a shelter with specific values and evidence of a high standard of animal care that would be obvious even to a guest. And that's exactly what she says she found at KHS.
"After visiting KHS and talking with the volunteers in the cattery I decided to apply even though KHS is about an hour drive from our home in Lakebay," she said. " I was impressed with the work that was being done and the amount of animals being helped as well as how pleasant and welcoming the people were who took time to answer my questions."
Vicki's main duties include assisting with laundry and dishes, helping in Vet Services and serving as a Lead in the Cattery. She says her favorite time is spent with the Cattery visitors who love to tell about their pets, past and present.
"For those who have lost a pet and may not be ready for the adoption process, I believe visiting the animals and having someone to share past memories and experiences with helps the healing process. I think a good experience and a friendly volunteer willing to take time and listen will be remembered when they are ready to adopt and hope they will return to KHS," she said.
Retired from Bremer Financial after 31 years in Loss Prevention and Fraud Detection, when Vicki's not at KHS, she's spending time with her husband, Mel, and their two cats, Fred and Wilma, who they adopted from a Minnesota shelter. The couple also has two grown daughters.