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!

Celebrate new artwork at Westcrest Park Dedication

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Westcrest Park
9000 8th Ave SW, Seattle, 98106
This event is free

Please join us as we celebrate David Boyer’s new public artwork, Flyers, as part of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s community celebration at Westcrest Park’s new park space in the Highland Park neighborhood.

Flyers, a new artwork by David Boyer, consists of 15 bird- and plane-like kinetic sculptures mounted on steel poles. Grouped in three locations around the park, the sculptures will move to face the wind and the articulated tails will pivot as the wind blows. Boyer’s inspiration for Flyers comes from airplanes in the SeaTac flight path and birds in the Duwamish Greenbelt. His artwork was placed in the new park space in Westcrest Park created by covering the West Seattle Reservoir. The artist worked with Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Parks and Recreation and local community members to develop the wind-driven artwork.

Getting there: Limited parking in the park and area streets is available. The site is accessible by King County Metro Transit route 131.

Flyers was commissioned with Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Parks and Green Spaces Levy 1% for Art funds.

Image: Flyers, powder coated steel and stainless steel, 2014. Photo: Jason Huff