Featured Volunteer: Rhonda Kohnen

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AARCS introduces Rhonda

What AARCS Has To Say

We are pleased to announce our Volunteer of the Month, for the Month of May, is Rhonda! Rhonda joined our team in January of 2013, and has remained an active part of our team in many different areas.

Rhonda has been a huge part of our Education and Outreach Program, visiting schools and youth around the city, educating them on the importance of caring for animals. Thanks to the Education Team, Rhonda and Allison, our Education Coordinator, this program has seen tremendous growth, reaching thousands of kids in 2014.

In addition to the AARCS Education Program, Rhonda also works here in our shelter with the cats as a caregiver. Over the past few years, Rhonda has played an important role in caring for the cats staying here at Safe Haven. As a shift leader, Rhonda provides training to our New Cat Caregivers.

Thank you Rhonda for all of your hard work! We hope you will be around for a long time to come!

A Few Words From Rhonda

It was destiny for me to become part of the AARCS family. A few years ago I made a New Year’s resolution to “save more souls”… and by this I meant of the furry persuasion. Animals of all sorts have been an integral part of my entire life and I, as well as my extended family, have rescued many sweet little souls over the years. But I wanted to step it up a notch so low and behold, AARCS presented itself! I started volunteering with AARCS in 2013; first as a cat caregiver at the shelter, a transporter, a special events volunteer and as part of the education team. This quickly led to a “go big or go home attitude” so I got into fostering and front-line rescue as well. Both of my feline family members (Smudge and Tigger) are pre-AARCS rescues and the lovely Jozie, who is supposedly a silver lab, was rescued by AARCS in Jan 2014. I don’t care for the term “foster failure”, but rather prefer to describe it as a “short term foster success”. Jozie simply looked into my eyes and soul…and as they say, the rest is history!

I have enjoyed so many aspects of being part of an amazing organization such as AARCS, for example:

  1. The direct involvement with the little ones and the feeling of being able to make a positive difference in so many furry lives is both humbling and rewarding.
  2. There is always the hope that what we do every day and in every way…with respect to partnerships, prevention, intervention and education… will make a big difference in many animals’ lives, as well as in the communities and families in which these little ones live.
  3. And last, but not least, I have enjoyed meeting so many like-minded people (other volunteers, AARCS’ staff and partner organizations), which continues to give me confidence that many of us truly care about creating a better world for all of its members…and it will indeed happen!

Rhonda Kohnen

Rhonda Kohnen

Rhonda Kohnen