Volunteer Newsletter: December 18, 2014

Long time no newsletter! Sorry about the wait guys.  I was  hoping that absence would make the heart grow fonder… you all missed me didn’t you.   I am  thrilled to be back on track and communicating again!   Thank you for all of your patience. I hope you guys are staying warm and enjoying the season and all that brings you and yours.  Enjoy this little note from yours truly!

 

Thank you,

Kimmi

As of this week we have a new rule for A Dog kennels 22, 31, and 41. These kennels will
be for dog reactive dogs. By keeping this type of dog in these kennels we limit their
exposure to other dogs in the area and help keep them calm. Please walk these dogs
out either through Mary’s Place or through the Training Room/Canine Classroom.
Thanks!
I just want to share the benefits of playgroup with you all. Some of you came to our
Playing for Life workshop back in August but a lot of you weren’t able to. Well the big
thing that we learned from this workshop is that we don’t really know the dogs, like really
really know what makes them tick and what they are about, until we put them in
playgroup and let them just be themselves. Think about it, everywhere in the shelter we
are telling them where to go, who or what they can or cannot interact with, what and
when they eat, where they sleep, we dictate so much of the little day to day for them that
there is no way that we are going to know the true colors of any of these dogs. In
playgroup however they let loose, they show us their level of self confidence, their play
style, their insecurities and fears, their likes and dislikes, their athletic and social skills,
their energy level, and much much more. This is a great way for us to learn how to
interact with them on a more personal and individual level. The other benefits would be
that its another outlet for mental and physical energy. It’s a way for them to burn off the
pent up energy and unwind from a stressful place. If you are at all interested in coming in
to see it in action please feel free to let me know. I know that once you saw the smiles on
the faces of these crazy kids as they run as fast as the wind round and round you will
see the real dog not the shelter version of that dog and you will appreciate them so much
more than you already do. If this sounds like something you would like to get involved in
please send me an e-mail and let me know and I will help to get you started. We need
help almost every day of the week. To have a successful group we would like a minimum
of 4 people but 5 is ideal. I hope you guys at least take a moment to come out and see
all the fun!

Please keep checking on our volunteer central board on our website for people who are
looking for subs for upcoming shifts they are going to miss. Make sure you are posting on
there as well for shifts you will miss. If you post there I get an e-mail notification and I see that
you will be missing a shift then you are getting double duty out of one post you don’t have to
call or e-mail me as well!! Here is a link to the board. Let me know if you need any help
getting started. https://whs4pets.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-central/

The following positions are currently available at WHS
Shelter Manager
Intake Specialist
You can check out the job descriptions and find applications for these positions here https://whs4pets.org/getinvolved/
employment/

We have fantastic news, everyone! Petco Foundation has awarded WHS a $50,000 prize as part of its Holiday Wishes
contest.
We submitted the story of Coco, a pit bull mix who came to WHS with 13 puppies! I’d tell you the whole story, but it’s
so much better to watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oriUl6LCW3I
Coco’s is just one of many amazing stories you all make possible throughout the year. Each dog walk, cat snuggle,
clean kennel, animal transfer, and foster family creates incredible WHS stories. You are all heroes for saying
yes! A special shout out goes to Krystal Kraig, Tom Midgley, and Martha Russell. Without you, this story would
not have been told.
Thank you, Petco Foundation and Halo, Purely for Pets Natural Dog Food.
Holiday Volunteering
There is a holiday sign up on the volunteer table in the volunteer room for Christmas day. We are closed to
the public on that day and all the doors will be locked except from 8-10 am and 4-6 pm. Volunteers are
welcome to come during these times. We get many generous offers of help, but you need to be a
regular trained volunteer to help on a holiday.
Christmas eve we are open for volunteers like a normal day but we are closing the doors at 4pm instead of
6pm that evening. There will be no 4-6pm shifts that day and we need all the volunteers to be out of
the building no later than 4:30.
New Years Eve will be a normal Wednesday and we will be on holiday schedule for New Years Day as well.
Events/

Talk about a little Salem gem! Hallie Ford Museum of Art presents big city exhibits on a smaller scale.
The current exhibit, “Contemporary Bestiary,” features northwest artist who use animal imagery in
their work. Check out a massive bronze horse sculpture, a beaded hippo, and mixed media frogs.
Pay special attention to the writing along the top of the walls. It represents the terms of venery for
animals….an exaltation of larks, a pride of lions, etc. Entrance to the museum is free with a
donation of dog or cat food. Everything from the food drive will be donated to WHS. The exhibit
runs through December 21st.
https://www.willamette.edu/arts/hfma/exhibitions/library/2014-15/a_contemporary_bestiary.html
Don’t forget about the fun that’s going on on Monday the 29th at Santiam Brewery. Pints for Paws.
Come down and get a beer with yours truly and enjoy “Beer with BJ” too!! We are gonna be
lauging it up and having a ball! Don’t miss out on a great way to get social, and support WHS.
Consider signing up to be a golden hearts member and donate a little bit each month and we
will have a great thank you gift that all your friends will be jealous of hope to see you there!

There is a holiday sign up on the volunteer table in the volunteer room for Christmas day. We are closed to
the public on that day and all the doors will be locked except from 8-10 am and 4-6 pm. Volunteers are
welcome to come during these times. We get many generous offers of help, but you need to be a
regular trained volunteer to help on a holiday.
Christmas eve we are open for volunteers like a normal day but we are closing the doors at 4pm instead of
6pm that evening. There will be no 4-6pm shifts that day and we need all the volunteers to be out of
the building no later than 4:30.
New Years Eve will be a normal Wednesday and we will be on holiday schedule for New Years Day as well.

This is the last month to get a free tube of Advantage 2 when you buy a 4 pack. With your discount it’s the
best price in town. That’s only about $8.50 per tube!!
Adoption special! From December 7th to December 22nd we will have our 12 days of Christmas holiday
special. Adult cats will be $25 there will be 12 specific dogs highlighted for adoption during this time.
Santa Paws will be here at WHS on Saturday and Sunday the 20th and the 21st of december from 12-3pm. Bring your cameras and stop by and say hi!

Coco (adopted 11/23/14) has definitely found her forever home with our family. She is best buddies with our 3
year old daughter, crate trained in just a few days and is a gentle, even-tempered dog. We’re working to get
her ear infection under control, but suspect it may take some diet changes to get there. We’ll be working with
our vet to find the best way to health for her.
Although we were told she needed house training reinforcement, we’ve had no issues. She is eager to please
and very smart. As soon as she knows the rule, she’s consistent in following it (sleeping in her crate, waiting
in the other room while we eat, staying on her blanket on the couch). She loves to ride in the car almost as
much as she loves to fetch her ball–so much that she often won’t get out of the car when we get home! She
greets us with a full body wiggle when we come home, and has gotten along well with our friends children
who visit our home and the other dogs we stayed with over Thanksgiving. She passed her doggie daycare
introduction test as well, so she’s set to enjoy family-style play dates when we have to go out of town. She’s a
wonderful dog.
We’re so pleased to have her as a member of the family and grateful to WHS for taking care of her until we
got matched with her. And special thanks to the great volunteer (I’m sorry I don’t remember his name) who
matched Coco to our family when we came in on the evening of 11/22.
Thank you for the good work you do.coco the cocker

Kim
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