Who We Are
We’re just like you, ordinary citizens who saw a need and wanted to make a difference. Four people meeting around a kitchen table have evolved into dozens who are actively helping more Shelter animals than ever before find loving homes.
Shelter Friends is an all-volunteer, private non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
Current Board Members
– Board President, Feline Foster Coordinator
Tana has always had a special place in her heart for animals, and now that her children are grown and grandchildren abound, she felt the pull to volunteer to help the animals she has loved her entire life.
Although partial to dogs, Tana has found her place helping with the kitties. After attending her first adoption event, she was quickly drawn in by the kitties and the wonderful people that stopped by to pet, hold, love and talk about their own animals, present and past.
She now oversees the care of 100s of kittens that make their way to the Josephine County Animal Shelter and into foster homes. From bottle babies to bouncing kitteens awaiting their spay/neuter appointment, the options for fostering are limitless! Interested in becoming a feline foster family? She’d love to talk with you!
Tana has two children and six grandchildren. Two little dogs, Lina and Shelby and one cat, Missy, who share her home.
– Board Vice President, Volunteer Coordinator
Tammy joined the Shelter Friends board in July 2014 after volunteering at the shelter and off-site adoption events for the six months prior. She saw the positive impact that Shelter Friends had on successful adoptions and helping save lives of many cats and dogs and wanted to be an integral part of that important mission and work in the community.
Currently, Tammy serves as the Board Vice-President and Volunteer Coordinator. If you have questions about the role Shelter Friends has in its partnership with the Josephine County Animal Shelter or Shelter Friends’ mission, purpose and organization, she invites you contact her.
If you want to volunteer, we have a huge variety of needs that range from
weekly commitments, to monthly commitments, to helping with a task just a
few times a year. You may be interested in helping at adoption events,
fostering dogs or cats, transporting animals to vet appointments, being
part of our cat care team or walking the dogs at the shelter. If you want
to volunteer, she will find an area to suit your interests and
– Board Treasurer
Tammie has worked with a variety of companies as a business manager, accountant, and systems administrator. As an IT systems administrator, Tammie managed a network for a nonprofit organization for six years. Tammie has started new businesses from the ground up, managed more than 100 employees, and overseen daily operations in different settings. She has a BS in accounting from National University.
– Board Secretary
Cathi joined the Shelter Friends Board in 2020. She and her husband Kevin attended the Shelter Friends annual event in 2017 and became volunteers that very day! They have been instrumental in transportation of the dogs and cats to spay and neuter appointments as well as other non-profits throughout Oregon. Cathi has been known to walk the small dogs at the shelter while Kevin walks the big dogs.
Cathi brought her invaluable experience with the American Humane Association to our emergency shelters in the Summer of 2018. Cathi had worked with AHA while living in Los Angeles and drove the co-habitation initiative at a federal level after Hurricane Katrina to create centers that allowed space for humans and their pets when they had to evacuate. Cathi was on the Red Star Team for emergency evacuations and Humane Hollywood team for animals used in film and TV.
Cathi spent 25 years in corporate American at big icon companies such as IBM, HP and Oracle. She started her own sales and marketing company and now works with million dollar private companies to help them grow their businesses.
She moved to Southern Oregon 5 years ago and brought along her rescue from the Downey shelter, Molly, Cathi worked with a local non-profit in Los Angeles that would help find forever homes from the county shelters and one night while uploading bios and pictures to petfinder.com, she saw Molly’s picture and went to get her the very next day! Max, the blue heeler, joined her family in 2018. Cathi, Kevin, Max and Molly enjoy traveling, hiking, and acting as “Shelter Friends” ambassador during transports.
– Dog Adoption Coordinator
Congratulations, Raleigh, for receiving the Raskin Award for 2019. Your dedication to all animals has a far-reaching impact. We thank you for your dedication.
Raleigh Smith has been an advocate for animal welfare all of her adult life and more specifically for displaced, neglected, abandoned and lost dogs. Since returning to Oregon in 2000 she was her own freelance dog rescuer in Josephine County. She could not pass up on a dog in distress- even being late to a Tax Audit as she passed a near starving dog on the way. She became a formal volunteer for the Josephine County Animal Shelter when she thought she could make more of an impact than on her own.
As a volunteer of the animal shelter, she launched the Josephine County Hero Train which promotes Adoption-Foster- and Volunteerism. Raleigh promotes the adoptable dogs through social media, various rescue sites and adoption events, and responds to all inquiries resulting from these promotions. She also follows up with the adopting families to be sure the transition has gone smoothly and if necessary to offer additional guidance or referral needs. Additionally, Raleigh facilitates transport of dogs to medical appointments, to new homes outside of Josephine County and has expanded the dog foster program when it becomes necessary for dogs that need short and long term care due to age, post medical care, or situations when the shelter is nearing capacity.
As Dog Adoption Coordinator Raleigh has successfully recruited and cultivated a dedicated team of volunteers who participate in Adoption events at various venues such as Petco, Grange Co-Op and Washington Federal Bank as well as participation in various community events such as the Boatnick Parade and The Pet and Dog Fairs at Riverside Park.
Raleigh works full time as a residential Loan Officer with Jefferson State Mortgage and credits her employer with accommodating her passion for the dogs,- when she has to leave her desk in order to transport a dog to the vet or has scheduled a “meet and greet” for a prospective adopter.
Raleigh has 3 grown children and her empty nest is now filled with Tripod- a 3 legged Yellow Lab, Sissy and Taz her 14 year old Shih-tzu mixes and frequent visiting dogs and intermittent foster dogs.
– Board Member at Large
Kate Hoffman has been with Shelter Friends from its inception. A retired teacher, she has lived in Josephine County most of her life. She and her husband, John, live outside of Grants Pass with Archer, their Australian Shepherd adopted from the Josephine County Animal Shelter; Merlin the cat who was rescued from a foreclosed house; and Arthur, an abandoned cat who used to wander through the property. Her hope for Shelter Friends is stable funding from the community and enthusiastic volunteers.
– Veterinary Liaison
Kittens, Kittens and More Kittens…