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Monday, 15 October 2012 00:00
Kathleen "Cookie" Briney: 1949-2012
Volunteer and Advocate to Shelter Animals
Animal Services employees and shelter animals lost a dear friend and advocate on Thursday (Oct. 11, 2012) when Kathleen "Cookie" Briney died of cancer. She was 63.
Ms. Briney had been a long-time animal advocate in the Coachella Valley. Everyone knew Ms. Briney by the nickname she preferred to her birth name, "Cookie."
She first approached Riverside County Animal Services in 2004 during what was then her early retirement years. Ms.Briney was not the type to sit around, though, and told shelter workers that she wanted to volunteer. Ms. Briney assisted as a volunteer at what was then the county's desert shelter in Indio.
Ms. Briney had just been driving by the Indio shelter one random day when she decided to stop in to see how she might be able to assist. She never left.
When Riverside County and desert city partners constructed and opened the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in ThousandPalms in 2005, Ms. Briney continued her efforts to be a voice for the desert's homeless desert pets. She worked as an adoption counselor, an adoptions supervisor and a volunteer services coordinator.