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It’s time to vote for Josie Hazen, our nominee for 2017 FUTY Festival Volunteer Award of Excellence

Josie and her cats

We are excited to announce that Josie Hazen is Seattle Animal Shelter’s 2017 nominee for the FUTY Festival Volunteer Award of Excellence!

Josie is a volunteer extraordinaire. She joined our volunteer community in 2004 and since then has helped thousands of cats find their fur-ever homes and thousands of dogs have a blast at the annual Furry 5K! Josie is at the shelter every week serving as the lead of our Sundays 9-Lives volunteers, helps adopted cats succeed in their new homes via our Cat Adoption Follow-up Team, organizes the Furry 5K Shelter and also finds time to welcome and orient new volunteers to our program.

Josie always gives 200% to every effort. For example, although her 9 Lives shift requires only two hours a week, Josie usually works the entire afternoon (five to six hours), because Sunday is the shelter’s busiest day and she wants to ensure that our cats, the public, shelter staff and her fellow volunteers are all well-served. On the follow-up team, she was the first member to sign up for and complete the Cat Behavior and Retention Course, scoring 98 percent and instantly putting her new skills to work in counseling cat adopters. Josie has a “can do” attitude and promotes cooperation and teamwork.

Hosted by Mud Bay, the FUTY Festival is a celebration and thank you party hosted for animal welfare volunteers and staff of the Pacific Northwest. The top three FUTY Festival Volunteer Award of Excellence nominees will receive recognition during the celebration. Winners will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize, and Mud Bay will make a $1,000 donation to their organization. Voting closes on Aug. 6.

Please vote for Josie at to help us show her just how much we appreciate her!