Our volunteers are vital to the day-to-day success of Willamette Humane Society and the well-being of our animals.
Volunteers help out with every aspect of our organization, whether it’s walking and training the dogs, assisting with office work, helping at our thrift stores, socializing cats or serving on our board of directors. Without our volunteers, we would not be able to fulfill our mission of “providing compassionate services to pets and people.”
Would you like to work with a caring group of people who make a daily difference in the lives of thousands of animals? Then join us. By doing so, you help Willamette Humane Society find homes for the animals in our care, educate the public about our programs and services and help us raise funds so that we can continue to serve our community of people and pets.
While you are volunteering, you are representing Willamette Humane Society. We want to do all that we can to ensure that you have a fulfilling volunteer experience. We promise to work hard so that your experience with us is an excellent one.
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When you volunteer at Willamette Humane Society:
- You are one of the most important people to the many animals that come through our doors every day.
- You help create an environment of respect, responsibility, and compassion towards animals.
- You improve the lives of the animals in our community.
- You play a part in keeping the animals social and healthy, and keeping the shelter operating in an inviting manner.
- You help provide community awareness of our programs and services.
Willamette Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors.
Board Members as of 12/30/2014
- Terry Wade, President; Partner/ Attorney, Garrett Hemann Robertson
- Jenny Hudson, Vice President; Office Manager, Aldrich, Kilbride and Tatone, LLC
- Terri Ellen, Secretary; Owner, Nature’s Pet Market
- Mel Monroe, Treasurer; Finance Director, Maps Credit Union
- Shannon Priem, Past President; Communication Service Director, Salem Health
- Katherine K. Hager
- Liz Henderson
- Terri Jackson, DVM; Veterinarian, Woodburn Veterinary Clinic P.C.
- Juan Lopez; Practice Manager, Evergreen Veterinary Hospital
- Linda West
The Board of Directors has the legal responsibility and authority to manage the affairs of the nonprofit corporation. General board responsibilities include:
- Setting the direction and making policies for the organization.
- Raising funds, or making provisions to have adequate organizational resources available.
- Overseeing the finances, including adopting the budget, ensuring that financial safeguards are in place, ensuring that taxes are paid and creditors are provided for.
- Adopting personnel policies for staff.
- Appointing and overseeing the Executive Director to manage the day-to-day activities.
- Linking the organization to the community by helping form relationships.
Contact the board or ask about board service
We appreciate your willingness to open your heart and home to homeless animals. Your dedication allows our organization to rescue animals we would not otherwise have the resources to adopt out.
The guiding mission of the Foster Care Program is to give animals individualized care, training and socialization to prepare them for adoption. Additionally, information gathered during the foster process helps us place animals in homes and with families who can best meet their needs.
Specific goals of the program include:
- Providing a safe, healthy, nurturing environment for nursing cats and dogs, as well as puppies and kittens too young to be in the shelter.
- Providing behavioral and obedience training to dogs and puppies.
- Giving our long-term residents time away from the shelter in a home setting.
- Socializing shy or timid cats and dogs.
- Allowing sick or injured cats and dogs to heal in a relaxing, uplifting environment.
Before you begin fostering, please:
- Complete a Volunteer Application online
- Attend the Volunteer Orientation
- Schedule an interview with the Foster Coordinator at the time of your Volunteer Orientation
- Review the overview of key responsibilities and policies outlined in this manual
- Attend our Dog Smart class if you are planning on fostering dogs or puppies
- Community service hours can be fulfilled at Willamette Humane Society (WHS) unless your crime is violent in nature, involved theft, or is animal related.
- You must be at least 16 years old to perform community service at WHS.
- Applicants must complete and sign a service contract, available here, or at the shelter front desk.
- Orientations for new applicants are held at the shelter on Sundays at 1 pm. Check in at the front desk before that time.
- Duties will primarily involve cleaning. Animal handling is not a part of community service duties or permitted.
- If you have questions about performing Community Service at Willamette Humane Society, please call 503-585-5900 ext. 309 or e-mail to customer.service(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)whs4pets.org.
Visit our shelter and you’ll find that it’s an inviting, bright, and clean facility. Thanks to hardworking staff and volunteers, pets in our facility receive quality care, social interaction, and exercise. We see the work we do as both rewarding and inspiring because we have a positive impact on the lives of many animals and on the people who adopt them. While we occasionally see sad cases of cruelty or neglect, we also experience the joy and satisfaction that comes when neglected animals are rehabilitated and find a loving, new home.
WHS relies on the help of hundreds of dedicated, hardworking volunteers who help with every aspect of our organization, from working with the animals to assisting with fundraising and outreach efforts. If you’d like to volunteer, the first step is to attend a Volunteer Orientation, held the first Monday and third Thursday of each month, from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. (No orientations are held the month of December). You do not have to sign up to attend an orientation; drop-ins are welcome. You’ll learn about our mission and what types of volunteer opportunities exist.
After you attend an orientation, you can fill out and submit a volunteer application and meet with our volunteer manager to discuss the right role for you.
Yes. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer on their own, or 12 years old if accompanied by an adult volunteer. Kids under the age of 12 can help the animals by making treats and toys on this list, collecting food or other needed items, or holding their birthday party at WHS.