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Purrfect Pals Welcomes New Executive Director!

Purrfect Pals Welcomes New Executive Director!


ARLINGTON, WA – December 9, 2017 – The Purrfect Pals Board of Directors is pleased to share that Kathleen M. Olson, CAWA has been selected as the nonprofit organization’s new Executive Director.

Olson will bring to Purrfect Pals 18 years of experience in animal welfare, most recently serving as Executive Director for the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County for 10 years. Previously she was Executive Director of Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoological Society.

Olson is a certified animal welfare administrator and a member of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators and the Washington State Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies. She has also conducted organizational assessments for animal shelters in Burien and Olympia as a consultant.

“Purrfect Pals is a leader in providing quality lives to our feline friends regardless of age or health, and helping provide resources to individual cat owners so they can keep their pets in their homes,” Olson shared. “I look forward to working with the staff, board, volunteers and community to realize a world where every cat is valued.”

According to Purrfect Pals Board President Jeanne Lind, Olson’s extensive background in animal welfare, nonprofit management, fund development and strategic planning made her the obvious choice for this role. “We will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Purrfect Pals next year,” Lind said. “Kathleen’s experience, passion and innovative ideas are exactly what we need to grow our organization while building on our legacy as the Pacific Northwest’s first no-kill cat shelter and sanctuary.”

Olson will join the Purrfect Pals staff in Arlington on December 19th.


Purrfect Pals, a non-profit organization in Arlington, WA, was founded in 1988 on the belief that every cat matters. Purrfect Pals operates a no-kill sanctuary for cats with special medical and behavioral needs which is currently home to cats positive for FIV and Feline Leukemia, feral cats, geriatric cats and cats with chronic illnesses. In addition to caring for these cats and finding homes for the cats and kittens in their eight Puget Sound adoption centers, Purrfect Pals provides a free spay and neuter voucher program and community pet food bank for low-income cat owners. Strong financial health and a commitment to accountability and transparency recently earned Purrfect Pals the highest possible rating, 4 stars, from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. To learn more about Purrfect Pals, please visit


Connie Gabelein
Director of Community Engagement
(360) 926-8447