“I started volunteering with Rosenberg Animal Control (RAC), because I wanted to help homeless animals. I quickly found out that SOCA pulls a lot of animals from RAC and area shelters to get dogs and cats into foster homes. So, I volunteered to be a SOCA foster – and 2 days later I got my first fosters, and I’ve loved every minute of my foster experience.
My focus was initially on cats; however, I quickly gained focus on dogs, as I volunteered to help wherever was needed. I’ve done a number of different SOCA jobs – from entering medical information into our animal management system to leading adoption events. Then I became involved with our animal transport activities to the Seattle area and Texas neighboring states.
Professionally, I started work from the age of 18, and have held a number of different, interesting positions that enabled me to learn quickly, multi-task, organize effectively, and work with a diverse group of people. My experience includes financial accounting, mortgage banking, recruiting and other human resources.”
“I started my animal rescue work 5 years ago volunteering at a local animal shelter, when I decided to foster an injured dog. There are so many injured dogs sitting in shelters waiting to get the medical treatment they need, so I decided to be a part of their rehabilitation.
My main role in SOCA-FBC is dog medical coordinator, where I administer intake vaccines, dewormer, flea and heartworm preventative to the dogs going to fosters. I collaborate with our contracted vets for surgical or medical needs, and interpret and document animal medical charts – communicating with fosters and adopters.
In addition, I’m a behavioral dog foster. My husband and I incorporate our personal pack of dogs to rehabilitate dogs that have dog and/or human fear aggression to help them become adoptable.
Outside of SOCA, my professional career is in Occupational Therapy. With over 14 year of experience and six of them being Director of Rehab, my healthcare/medical background allows me to expand my human rehab skills to the canine species. Volunteer work not only gives my free time purpose, but it’s also heart-warming.
Kelly started as Treasurer when Rita Garretson took over SOCA, and she still holds the position. Kelly has always had a strong commitment to her community as a volunteer. In addition to working with SOCA and other animal rescues, she’s participated in PTA boards, Junior Achievement, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and 4H clubs.
Kelly is a CPA and brings a professional accounting perspective to SOCA’s activities. She plays an important role in helping SOCA apply for grants and providing transparency with our financial statements. She has audited governmental and nonprofits for most of her accounting career.
A chemist by profession, Cathi has been an animal rescue advocate for many years. Since joining SOCA, she has been responsible for taking care of our cat condos, managing the rotation of cats in our condos, and fostering a number of rescued cats and kittens. In her new role as Secretary, she ensures the smooth functioning of leadership meetings and makes sure we maintain necessary records.
Barbara Cappello (no change)
Denise Lopez (new)
Amy Perwin (new)
Shannon Smith (new)
Melissa Whitney (new)
Brenda Wile (new)
Elizabeth Witte (new)