Volunteer Weekly Newsletter

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Happy Saturday everyone!
Sorry this is a bit late this week but  your newsletter has arrived and it is chock full of goodies and information.  I am so excited about our Playing for Life Seminars this week  with Aimee Sadler.  I have  seen a lot of you sign up and I hear the buzz in the halls.  I am trying to picture what this is all gonna mean for our dogs,  how happy they will be, how empowered we will feel to meet their needs!  I am getting chills I am so excited.  I will be around all week   in and out of workshops feel free to say hi,  I miss all your faces!!
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We are closed on Monday  9/1/14  for Labor Day.  We would appreciate if you  would sign up to walk dogs that day . The available shifts are 8-10 am and 4-6pm.  The doors will not be open during any other hours.  Our staff needs to leave promptly at 10am and 6pm.  You will find the sign up sheet on  desk next to the log in monitor.
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10Please take a minute to check out the volunteer central board. This is the quickest way to post that you will be missing a shift and that you would like someone to  cover for you.  This is available all the time.  I get notified when someone posts to  the board.  Its easy, free, and convenient.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about its use.
We are closed on Monday  9/1/14  for Labor Day.  We would appreciate if you  would sign up to  help us clean up the cat areas  that day . The shift  we need help on is the 8-10 am shift.  You will find the sign up sheet on  desk next to the log in monitor.
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I have been experiencing problems with receiving e-mails from people with yahoo e mail addresses.  Some of them  I get but most of them I do not.  I have already come across a few people who thought I was ignoring them.  I apologize if you have sent me an e mail  and I have not responded. Please check all of your folders to see if you are getting a returned mail error.   If this is the case  and you have an alternate e mail you can use to communicate with me that would be great.  I do not seem to have any problems with sending e mails to yahoo addresses but  people  cannot send or reply to me.  This also applies to e mails addresses that use the yahoo server so it is not just limited to yahoo addresses.  Sorry for the inconvenience there is no fix at this time we just have to work around it.  I am sorry for  any inconvenience this has caused you.
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3 volunteers, cats and dogs (need table, chairs, outreach bin, donation doghouse, trap & stuffed cat)
Hey everyone, The first Saturday of the month is coming up again, which means the Salem Saturday Market!  Please let me know if you would be interested in attending to talk about TNR, volunteering, fostering, the spay and neuter clinic, and our adoptable animals!  We will have adoptable cats at this event, and possibly an adoptable dog.  This event will be on 9/6.  Setup is at 8am and it opens to the public at 9.  Take down is at 2pm.  We will have an AM shift and a PM shift, but you are welcome to stay for the whole event if you are up to it!
So, here’s what we need:
AM Shift (8-11)
Someone to bring supplies, table, chairs, etc. (you will need a truck or SUV, etc. to fit the table) – _______________
Someone to bring cats – _______________
Someone to bring a dog – ______________
Someone to man the booth (answer questions, etc. this is a separate role from bringing animals, since I want those people to focus on the animals and answering questions about them, etc.) – ____________
PM Shift (11-2)
Someone to bring the supplies, etc. back to WHS – ____________
Someone to bring the cats back to WHS – _____________
Someone to bring a dog – _______________
Someone to man the booth (see above) – ________________
Again, you are welcome to stay for the whole event if you feel up to it (and take breaks and walk around and check out the market!).
Please let Alix  know if you are able to help with this fun event!
Hey everyone!  I have very exciting news!  We will be participating in the Oregon Fair this year!  We will be there on 8/28 from 10-5 J  I need two shifts of people, the first shift will be 9-1 and the second shift will be 1-5.  I have 8 fair passes – 4 for each shift, so if you attend you can enjoy the fair before or after your shift starts J  Parking will cost $5 per vehicle.  The fair is held at 2330 17th St NE, Salem, OR 97303.
We need:
AM Shift 9am-1pm:
-1 person to bring supplies (table, chairs, canopy, etc.) and stay for the event
-1 person to bring a dog (and stay for the event)
-1 person to bring cats (and stay for the event)
-1 person to man the booth
PM Shift 1pm-5pm:
-1 person to stay for the event and then bring the supplies back to WHS (table, chairs, canopy, etc.)
-1 person to bring a dog (and stay for the event)
-1 person to bring cats (and stay for the event)
-1 person to man the booth
Please let Alix  know if you are able to help with this event!!

Alix Womack

Foster and Rescue Coordinator

Willamette Humane Society

503-585-5900 ext. 303

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Keizer Petco has  some open shifts if you have time we could use the help out there.
The clinic has  shifts available  to help in the back  with clean up, prepping for the next day, and closing duties.
Intake support is a brand new position open and it is gaining popularity.  If you are looking for some really good hands on animal experience  this is the spot for you.
Cleaning intake/customer service desk  needs someone to come in once a week  and clean up behind our intake desk.  It is sweeping and dusting and organizing.   This will make a more pleasant space for our intake staff who have one of the hardest jobs in the building.
We need more volunteers  to help  out with   cleaning cat kennels.  If your schedule changes and you have some time  each week to come in one morning and help spruce up our kitty kennels we would be very appreciative.
Tuesday morning cat volunteer needed for handling while taking photos with Marilyn our new cat blogger/photographer.
From 9 am to 12 or so. This needs to be someone who already knows how to safely handle cats and has gone through our cat adoption ambassador training  or cat hospitality training.
We need some people to stuff envelopes for Bowsers Boo Bash invitations.  Either in the last week of August or first week of September .  A group  of 4 or 5 people would work wonderfully.
If there is anyone waiting to be a dog walker please let me know.  I have open shifts now and I also have a wait list  set up  (thank you Jolene  J. for pointing that out to me)
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This upcoming  week we have our wonderful Playing for Life Seminars.  During this time we will be sending staff out for continued education but that is putting a huge strain on our already short staffed teams to meet the day to day shelters needs.  During this time I ask and encourage anyone who has any training to help with cleaning to come in and support us.  We will also need help  showing dogs and  help  with showing cat, this  would be very helpful  to alleviate the stress on the poor staff.  We are in the interview process right now and have even hired  great candidates to fill in these spots but before they  are brought in we want to get through these couple weeks in one piece and  you guys can help us do that.  Below are the tasks that we need help with. The cleaning shifts will be morning shifts but the  adoption ambassador help will be during open hours.  Help me to help my team  get out of this month without exceeding their stress levels, and without feeling panicked and overwhelmed.  You guys may help out the animals directly but by doing so you are giving the staff some much needed piece of mind.
Please let me know if you are trained to and willing to help with the following:
Cleaning dog kennels
Showing cats-  Cat Adoption Ambassadors
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Cat hospitality team members
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Did you hear that WHS is hosting a new Professional Dog Trainer Certification Preparation course through Chemeketa Community College? Woo-hoo! It’s true! If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a CPDT-KA or if you’d just like to be a highly-skilled, knowledgeable amateur, this course is for you! Each week in the newsletter, we’re going to countdown the top ten reasons you should sign up – watch this space to learn more about this exciting opportunity that benefits WHS, our shelter sweethearts and our community!

Reason # 5 Why YOU should register for the Professional Dog Trainer Certification Prep course at WHS:  Train the Trainers! The Professional Dog Trainer Certification course students will be training the next generation of advanced volunteer dog handlers at WHS!  Be a part of bringing new skills to our fabulous volunteers!  Keep your eyes peeled for the Professional Dog Trainer Certification Prep course  in the Chemeketa Community Education’s Fall Program Guide.
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Thank you Jolene Foster for being so willing to help with things last minute.  I really appreciate you helping out with Family Fest earlier this month and the LifeSource Pet Appreciation Day last week J  They couldn’t have happened without you!
A shout out to Lee for all the help he’s given.  He was here for 8 hours one day this week.  Also  all the volunteers who have stepped forward to help out while we are understaffed.
The Tabors for cleaning dog iso on 8/19/14.  Taking on a task outside of your  training and learning something new to step in and make someone else’s day a little easier  and brighter  is a big deal.  You guys are a shining example of teamwork!

I know Marianne Fox  has been a great help !!!

She will ice-pack neuter sites for me(us), give dogs baths and any special project I have for her.

Geri Ball also has been awesome, she usually will help me find someone who can bathe a dog if needed.  She will also hang signs for me, fit harnesses and she definitely lets me know when someone isn’t quite right with a dog.

-Jennifer Bodda

Friday night 8/22/14
Miriam Hulst – for holding down the fort no matter what gets thrown at her every Friday and for smiling through it all anyway.
Leon B, Tom Midgely, Beth Anne Huffine for subbing last minute on  9/22/14
Richard Wasserman!!! You are so reliable and consistent and we are lucky to have you helping our adoptions team and our customers!  Thank you!
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Aimee Sadler week is soon upon us !!! Do not forget if you have signed up for any of the Playing for Life workshops you need to attend the lecture at 5:30pm on Monday August  the 25th  at the Red Lion.   I am so looking forward to this event.  I am going to get my foot  in  each one of the presentations so I can soak up the knowledge.  I hope to see you guys around!  Its going to be so much fun!
September 29th  is yet another 5th Monday Party!!! I love these.  What a great way for us  to get to hang out.  Its potluck style  bring food.  Hang out with me  and some of your other fellow pet loving volunteer peers.  Visit with the staff as they rush in to stuff their faces. Then meet us all out at Santiam Brewery for  the Bark and Brew that benefits  WHS!
There is another Yappy Hour coming up on September 12th.  We are looking to  spice things up a bit this time around.  Come on out and see what’s new!!  If you loved Jimmi Rigged Catering last time  ( I know I did) then you should come out again .   I know my dogs had a blast so if nothing else I am going for them   but the beer is a bonus.  So save the date and the time will be 5pm.  We will be getting together by the playgroup turn outs.
BOWSERS BOO BASH!!!!!  Saturday October 25th.  5-9 pm at the Salem conference center.  Save the date!!  Invites are going out in the next couple of weeks keep your eyes peeled.
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What is a Kong Cat Toy good for?

  • The Kong Cat Toy is wonderful for promoting exercise and helping your cat lose weight!


  • It can be used for providing mental stimulation (cats can go stir crazy, too!). What is mental stimulation? Cats need daily “mental exercise”. All that means is that cats need to see something new every day or do something that challenges their brains in order to obtain optimal mental health and to prevent boredom and unwanted behavior.


  • It is true that some textures of certain toys are irresistible to certain cats and they become occupied for hours on end, leaving you to watch your favorite show, cook your favorite meal, or to simply sit back and enjoy the silly cat’s play-time!


  • Some Kong Cat Toys contain catnip, which is an irresistible herb that causes some cats to either go wild and crazy or to mellow way out – feel free to test out catnip on your personal cat and see how it affects them. You might be surprised!

All cat toys are 10% off  in Davenport’s Den for the rest of August.  Tell your friends to shop and save lives!
Check out this info on Disney’s Feral cat  colony!
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Attention All  Animal Handling Volunteers-  I know you hear this all the time,   please make sure you are taking the few extra minutes or seconds to read the signs and notes that  we use to communicate.  Not only the staff but other volunteers use these to communicate a need the animal has or ways to proceed. This is the only way we can help keep you and  our animals safe and out of trouble.   This applies to the green signs that are applied to the kennels that  say do not open our kennels we just came back from surgery.  These animals  have only been awake from anesthesia for a short time and they are not all together  there.  They feel weird and disoriented and this can make them act out in not so pleasant or safe ways.   They need that time to relax.  Think of yourself after surgery, groggy and disoriented you don’t want everyone coming in and hugging on you and talking loud and messing with your face etc.  The animals are the same but they don’t have the ability to ask you nicely to leave them alone  so lets make sure we are respecting their space and condition.  Even if they seem playful and happy they may still be  a little off and we don’t know what will or wont push them over the edge or frighten them.   Thank you in advance for reading the signs from now on!
Here at WHS we have several core values.  These values serve to create a positive culture for both the staff and the volunteers alike.   I want to touch on my favorite one “Positive Service To All’.   What does that really mean? Well  it means that every person and animal you come in contact with  deserves to be treated with kindness, respect, and caring.   This includes each other.  We are all on the same team.  I trust you guys to self-regulate to some extent.  There is only one of me and 850 or so of you at any given time.  I only see what a handful of you guys are up to.  You guys catch each other when you use too much litter, or when you  don’t use the right exit for a specific dog, or when you aren’t  wearing   clothes  appropriate  for your shift and assignment.  When you  take the time to  let another volunteer know  of their  mistake or misunderstanding please be kind and considerate .   We aren’t looking to get anyone in trouble, we aren’t looking to single any one out or make them feel bad.  What we are trying to do is to educate each other on the safest way  to do things so we can all enjoy what we do here and keep helping out  the way we want to.  So consider your tone and your body language and the words you choose and pick the kindest way possible.  Positivity  is contagious … one of the only things  we encourage  be spread around vigorously here!!
The shelter will be closing at 4pm on Monday, August the 25th  in order for all of our staff and volunteers to make it to the lecture at the Red Lion for the Aimee Sadler workshops.  There is no walk shift  or cat adoption Ambassador shifts  that evening.  If you would like to make up those hours in the following days  we would love the extra help please contact me with what times work for you!
The shelter is closed to the public on  Labor Day September 1st  there is a sign up sheet in the volunteer room for walking dogs and for helping clean up in cat areas.
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WHS accepts requests from people searching for an outdoor only or barn cat? We do have restrictions on types of cats that qualify as outdoor only, as well as the type of outdoor only environment they will be going to. The benefits of getting an outdoor cat from us is that the cat will be altered, and tested for felv/fiv first, you would be saving a cat who may not be an ideal adoption candidate, and you  If you know someone who wants to give a healthy outdoor cat a great home please have them contact customer service to be added to our waiting list. 503-585-5900 ext. 300
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There are a few job opportunities available  right now, please check our website or contact me for full details on the job descriptions.  You can find the application and instructions to apply on our website as well.
Adoption specialist on call
Animal Welfare  Specialist part time and on call
Animal Welfare Supervisor
[/toggle][toggle title=”A word from our sponsors”]Bowser’s Boo Bash is starting to attract sponsors….and they’re in the building trades.
Freres Lumber and Kelly Construction are longtime WHS supporters. Please consider them when shopping. And let them know we sent you!
Do you know a business owner who might like to support WHS? Please tell Meredith Kuhl! Meredith.kuhl@whs4pets.org; 503-585-5900 ext. 304.