Weekly Volunteer Newsletter September 21st

It’s Sunday.  This was supposed to be out no later than yesterday, but yesterday  I had the pleasure of working with kids from the Delphian School who came in to beautify our shelter grounds.  It was hot and they worked so hard.  So yes I am a bit late but I am thrilled  at having been able to meet such a dedicated group of kids!  Here is  your weekly news letter… your next one will be less than a week away! Hope you all are staying cool in the last little bit of summer  that’s left.

-Kimmi

Our dear loveable Wilson was adopted we all know this we all did a happy dance. Well little did I know that he was adopted by previous staff member Sarah Head. He couldn’t have gone to a better home guys I just want you to know this. Sarah has worked with one of the most fearful dogs I have ever met and over the course of time she has had Pooh she has changed her and built up her confidence and her feeling of security and safety. Wilson will have a great home with structure, training, love, attention, and fun. Here are some updates from his new home and a couple pictures too.
Here are some excerpts from Sarah’s texts regarding Wilson:

After first night at home-
”Night went like a dream… making me nervous that he’s tricking us. Gave up on crate at 10:30, took out all of the things two of us could move. Shut door and went to bed- expecting whining, potty mess and likely new bed/nice table destroyed. Nope! VERY excited, struggled sit, but he and Pooh played in backyard and relaxed. After breakfast little Princess (cat) jumped gate and went into Wilson’s room! She just wandered around talking, let him know she’s the princess. He tried to play, she hissed/swatted and after another minute or so I removed her. We’re doing as much structure and set up for success and possible.. not repeating mistakes made with Pooh.

Tuesday-
“So far, so good! Wilson isn’t fully integrated yet, probably try both dogs in family room tonight. He got pretty mad barking/hackles up when neighbor talked to me through fence… He is SO good though.. not nearly as fraidy as Pooh.”

What are crates & carriers good for?
· Transportation! If you want to take your cat to the vet’s office,
there are multiple reasons you would want to stick him or her in a crate.
o First, it’s far more sanitary! Animal’s immune systems are much weaker than ours, especially when they are only exposed to the insides of our homes. Vets offices are full of germs from all of the animals that come in and out all day, putting your kitty in a crate can only benefit her.
o Secondly, it is far less stressful when transporting cats in crates! Cats do not always like cars as dogs do, and confining them in a crate while you drive can not only keep you safe from their fearful cuddling (which is distracting!) and possible scratching, but keep them from nervously wandering around and becoming overwhelmed.
· Crate-training is a great way to house-train your dogs. Dogs are naturally den animals, and the crate is used to simulate the den where dogs do not like to go potty. When you are not able to supervise Fido, stick him in the crate and when he has held in his bladder, take him directly outside to relieve himself!
· Crates are 10% off in Davenports for the month of September. Tell your friends and family.

There are great things coming in the future for dog handling. Jolene Jones found this amazing video about how to leave a dogs kennel safely. It has great step by step instructions and points out exactly what she is doing and when. Its only about 2 minutes long check it out.

“Anita Engberg, who cleans A-Cats was so willing to cover and assist in cleaning B-Cats! Thank you for your kind heart to take the time and socialize with the cats as she cleans.  Thank you for everything you do for the cats!”
-Tayanita AWT Team

Al Bessol, Thank you so much for stepping away from your real passion of cats to get trained as a dog walking sub. This just goes to show the dedication you have for this place and our mission and we appreciate your flexibility and your desire to help out wherever its needed!!
– Kimmi

Marilyn Scahill we really appreciate the photos you are taking of the cats and it seems like it is really helping get the cats adopted!

-Cassidy

Treasure Hunt! Does anyone have a metal detector? A Yappy Hour guest lost a necklace very precious to her. We’d love to find it. Please call Meredith at 503-585-5900 ext. 304 for details of where to look.

Can’t make Bowser’s? Can you donate a 22 ounce beer or two? We have a new section this year called Bowser’s Brew. The 22 ouncers will be sold in a paper bag for $10. Bidders don’t know which beer they get until the end of the evening. Liquor Outlet at 5107 Commercial St SE is sponsoring the Brew! Please tell Adam you bought your donation for WHS. $5 minimum value. There’s over 600 options!

While at Liquor Outlet, you can check out Dawg Grog, non-alcoholic “brew” for your dog! The samples at Yappy Hour were lapped up left and right.

We will need 1 or 2 dog volunteers for two outreach events that will happen on Thursday, October 9.

The first event is from 9  – 11 at the Oregon Youth Authority, 530 Center St. NE, Suite 200, Salem, OR 97301

The second event is from 12  – 1 (possibly a little longer)  a group of state commissions and boards at 3218 Pringle Rd, SE Salem.

Both groups definitely want a dog and we can take either the same dog, same dog handler, or assign two different dogs and dog handlers.

Hey everyone Bowser’s Boo Bash is fast approaching. This is one of those events where many hands make light work. So we are looking for those many hands! There are a lot of tasks that we will need help with so if there is something you are interested in helping out with please contact Meredith and let her know how you want to help. This is our biggest event of the year and we can use all the help we can get to make it a huge success. Here is a list of the things that we will need help with the times and even dates can vary on these so please contact us for details. I will be sending out an e mail with the details of all of these including dates and times you would be needed and how many volunteers we will need for each assignment. Thanks in advance for your time helping us make this an amazing event.

Item transport , wall of wine preparation, event staging/set up, silent auction crew, Golden ticket sellers, item check out crew/runners, check in/data entry, beer pick up, live auction recorder and runner, dog greeters, clean up crew, live auction spotters, a baby sitter for alumni dog Coco while her parents enjoy dinner and auction, and a sales type job talking up our night at the museum package.

Hey everyone Bowser’s Boo Bash is fast approaching. This is one of those events where many hands make light work. So we are looking for those many hands! There are a lot of tasks that we will need help with so if there is something you are interested in helping out with please contact Meredith and let her know how you want to help. This is our biggest event of the year and we can use all the help we can get to make it a huge success. Here is a list of the things that we will need help with the times and even dates can vary on these so please contact us for details. I will be sending out an e mail with the details of all of these including dates and times you would be needed and how many volunteers we will need for each assignment. Thanks in advance for your time helping us make this an amazing event.
5th Monday party at the shelter and at santiam is coming up. It is going to be on Monday September 29th So just like we have done before we are inviting you to come out to a potluck at the shelter and bring a tasty dish. Enjoy some time with your fellow volunteers and with me. Get to know the friends you have here but don’t always have time to socialize with. This 5th Monday party has an exceptionally fun spin and opportunity. We will be hosting a Party Lite fundraiser… now this is not a fundraiser that we are trying to get you to buy from or become an independent consultant for or join a team. This is one of those easy one time fundraisers where you take a catalog to your work or to your church or to friends and family and have them order some excellent candles for themselves or for that perfect gift for the holiday and HALF of all the sales comes right back to help out WHS! This is a great way to get younger kids involved who cannot volunteer yet but they really want to help. There are contests for the highest number of sales. These candles practically sell themselves, especially when people know that they are saving lives at the same time. Please come in for a short presentation to learn about it and to smell the wonderful candle options and see how easy, fun, and helpful this will be to one of your favorite places in the world. Then after the potluck we will be meeting up at Santiam Brewing for some brew and of course we are lucky enough to have them donate some of their sales of drinks that night to WHS too. So there is no real reason to stay in on Monday the 29th! It will be great to see all your shiny happy faces.

Bowser’s Boo Bash is coming! Count Dogula is ready to host his guests on Saturday, October 25th at the Salem Convention Center. Tickets are on sale now (link). Early bird pricing is $60/ticket and includes entrance, a served dinner and hosted wine and beer. Check out some of the auction items (link).
And let your friends know. Posters and invitations are in the volunteer room. Please pass around.

10 reasons
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 # 1 Why YOU should register for the Professional Dog Trainer Certification Prep course  at WHS: You’ll impress your friends at Santiam Brewery with your new insight about Pavlov’s dog and Clever Hans! In the Professional Dog Trainer Certification course, we will explore the art and science of behavior change so deeply, you’ll be able to wow even Cliff Claven from Cheers. Register today through Chemeketa Community Education’s Fall Program Guide.

We’re getting excited for this course which starts Friday, October 3rd!  Register early! If you register before Sept 26th, you get all the textbooks included… that’s $160 value!  Here’s the link to the Chemeketa class program, if you’ve already decided to bring your passion training dogs to the next level. See pages 22-24. https://www.chemeketa.edu/classes/documents/ChemeketaCEFall.pdf

Just another friendly reminder that we need to be putting the locks through the latch on the kennel doors. When this doesn’t happen our excited friends jump up and pop their doors open and that can create a very unsafe situation. Let’s not only practice safety for the dogs sake but for your team’s sake as well. If you forget to put in the lock the next person walking through may have a mess on their hands to deal with. E

A dog was seen in her kennel after being returned from a walk with her harness still on her. These harnesses are not comfortable enough for us to leave on the dogs in their kennels. If they are not fitted properly the dog can get an arm or a leg or their mouth caught in it. Even if it is fitted properly this is still a possibility. So we need to remove the harness from the dogs and put them in their containers before we leave the kennel. The other thing about this is that the harness was on the dog with the D ring on the back of the dog at the shoulder blades. The d ring where you connect the leash should be at the front of the dog on the chest and the straps should be above the breast bone. If you are unsure about how to put on a harness or are unable to get it fitted correctly please find a staff member to help you out.

One last note, please refrain from approaching the dogs that are tethered to the tables in exam. Most of the time these dogs have not been evaluated yet and we are not sure if they are safe to handle medically or behaviorally.

Kim
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