FAQs

Donating

Do you accept donated pet food?

WHS gratefully accepts donated cat and dog food for our Animeals program (a partnership with Meals on Wheels) and for distribution to our pet food assistance partners. Donated food may be dropped off anytime during our open hours.

Open Hours & Directions

What is your EIN or Federal Tax ID?

You may be asked to supply Willamette Humane Society’s EIN or Federal Tax ID when filing your taxes if you made donations for the animals during the year.  This information is also needed to leave estate gifts for Willamette Humane Society.

 

Legal Name: Willamette Humane Society
Legal Address: 4246 Turner Road SE, PO Box 13005, Salem OR 97309
Federal Tax ID: 93-0577975
Type of Organization: 501(c)(3) nonprofit

What is your Asilomar Report and what does it mean?

In August of 2004, a group of animal welfare industry leaders from across the nation convened at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, California, for the purpose of building bridges across varying philosophies, developing relationships and creating goals focused on significantly reducing the euthanasia of healthy and treatable companion animals in the United States.

As part of the accords, a uniform reporting standard was created to foster transparency and establish a means of comparing animal shelters.

Willamette Humane Society publishes its annual Asilomar Live Release Rate Report in the Annual Report section of the website.

Read more about the Asilomar Accords online.

 

 

Who’s on your Board of Directors and what do they do?

Willamette Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors.

Board Members as of July 2016

  • Mel Monroe, President
  • Terri Ellen, Vice President
  • Shannon Priem, Secretary
  • Terry Wade, Treasurer
  • Linda West, Past President
  • Tracy Crandall
  • Jean Dion
  • Paula Fordham
  • Kate Hager
  • Liz Henderson
  • Jenny Hudson
  • Terri Jackson, DVM

Responsibilities

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

What is your Privacy Policy?

WHS Website Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting Willamette Humane Society (WHS) online. WHS and whs4pets.org is committed to preserving your privacy and safeguarding your sensitive information. The following policy outlines the general practices of our website and online donation function. We do not collect personal information about you when you visit our website unless you choose to provide that information to us.

By visiting our website, you are accepting the practices described in this privacy policy.

Here is how we handle information about your visit to our website:

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the website, read pages, or download information, Google Analytics will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally, but enables us to better understand how visitors use our site so we can continue to make improvements. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits.

Google Analytics enables us to view only the following information about your visit:

  • Your IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our website
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site
  • The language of your browser
  • The county where you viewed our site
  • The date and time you access our site
  • The pages you visited
  • The length of time you viewed each page
  • If you linked to whs4pets.org from another website, the address of that website

If you sign-up for “Momentary Paws”, WHS’s email update, your email address is stored in a secure list and only used for the purpose of sending Momentary Paws updates. Unsubscribe information is at the bottom of every Momentary Paws email sent.

If You Send Us Personal Information

If you choose to provide us with personal information — as in an e-mail to a staff member, subscribing to our electronic newsletter, or by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it to us through our website — we use that information to respond to your message and to help us get you the information you have requested or record a donation. We treat emails the same way we treat letters sent to WHS. We are required to maintain many documents for accounting purposes (if a donation was given), but we do not collect personal information for any purpose other than to respond to you. Moreover, we do not create individual profiles with the information you provide or to give it to any other organizations. WHS does not collect information for commercial marketing and does not share its donor list. We reserve the right to publish a list of contributors of time and money in our annual report and other publications. If you do not want your name listed in such publications, please notify the development department at 503-585-5900 ext. 304.

 

If You Donate Online

Protecting your donation information is a priority. WHS makes every effort to protect your online donation/order information by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology.

When donors submit sensitive information via our web site, their information is protected both online and off-line. Before a donor is asked to enter sensitive information (such as a credit card number), that information is encrypted and is protected with SSL, the best encryption software in the industry.

While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect donor information off-line. All of our donor information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally sensitive information. All employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices.

In accordance with PCI compliance standards, Willamette Humane Society uses Authorize.net to securely process donations. This company does not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.  Also, Willamette Humane Society does not have the ability to view, edit, or otherwise transfer your credit card information once you submit your information through the website.

 

Links to Other Sites

WHS’s website provides links to other websites as a resource. Once you link to a new site, you are subject to their privacy policies.

 

Complying with the Judicial or Legal System

Though WHS makes every effort to preserve donor privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order, or legal process served on our organization.

 

Disclaimer

Any information posted on WHS’s website is for general information purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice, medical opinion, diagnosis, or treatment. Any information provided is not a substitute for veterinary medical attention. See your licensed veterinary health-care professional for your pet’s medical advice and treatment.

 

Changes to Privacy Policy

WHS reserves the right to change this privacy policy at any time.

 

Contacting Willamette Humane Society

Willamette Humane Society works hard to ensure that your online experience is a positive one. If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of WHS, or your dealings with our website, please call 503-585-5900.

How can I recognize a legitimate donation request?

More than 95% of Willamette Humane Society support comes from our local community.  Thank you!  You may receive solicitations by postal mail. phone, e-mail, or see a post on Facebook.  There will always be multiple options for giving or pledge fulfillment – online, by return mail, or in person at the shelter or Thrift Store.

There are many Community Fundraisers held by wonderful people and groups for our pets, but please be vigilant for potential fraud.

If you have concerns that you received a fraudulent donation request, please call us at 503-585-5900 ext. 304, or e-mail to development@whs4pets.org.

Red flags for fraudulent donation requests:

  • Someone comes door-to-door to ask for a donation.  Willamette Humane Society does not conduct door-to-door donation drives.
  • The person or group indicates they will donate a portion of your purchase to the Humane Society, but doesn’t specify the percentage or amount, or can’t provide credentials.
  • The group’s fundraising efforts aren’t listed in the Community Fundraiser section of whs4pets.org, or acknowledged on our Facebook page.

If you wish to conduct a Community Fundraiser, please contact us!

Why do you write Humaneitarian Instead of Humanitarian?

At first glance it may appear as if we’ve made a typo on our website and printed materials!

In the case of the Humaneitarian Awards, we’re coining our own term.

A Humanitarian Award honors those who promote human welfare, but as a Humane Society, we hold our Humaneitarian Awards to honor people who exemplify Willamette Humane Society’s mission of providing compassionate services to pets and people.

We generally try to bold and italicize the e so our community knows that we’re putting it there deliberately, but unfortunately the style of our website headers and urls removes our formatting at times.

We hope you’ll join us for upcoming events!

How is Willamette Humane Society funded?

Willamette Humane depends entirely on donor support and service fees to provide services.
WHS has served the local community since 1965 and is an independent, private, federally registered, non-profit organization, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  To learn more about WHS, consider attending one of our volunteer orientations, or call to schedule a tour.