I apologize for not sending a newsletter last week: we had a large turnout for orientation the first Monday, and I was swamped with new volunteer interviews. 40 people attended orientation and 100% signed up for interviews. One no show, and the rest are now working through training schedules on their way to joining a variety of shifts. Please welcome our newbies! Last night was another orientation with 37 people attending, so there are more on the way. Whew!
Any craftsperson out there interested in making a bench for the cat patio? We have the painted wood top from the piano that we painted for that promotion where they put pianos all over Salem in parks for people to play. It is very cute, and would make a good patio bench if someone could just put some secure legs on it! Let me know if you want to take a look at it.
News and Announcements:
IMPORTANT SCHEDULE CHANGE!
We are having a staff training day on Monday, January 20th, MLK day. We will be closed to the public, and staff will be in training all day.
Dog walking shifts will operate as normal, but you will have to come in the back door of the dog hallway for the PM shifts, as the front door will be locked, and you will not need to check out keys for the kennels.
Cat Adoption Ambassadors will not be needed for customer service. You are still welcome to come in and visit with the cats and spend time passing out treats and providing kennel enrichment, but if you choose to take the day off that will be fine.
Spay Neuter Clinic volunteers, you have the day off!
I got to experience one of our shelter core values, Collaborative Problem Solving, in action this week when I took a long-running problem to our Development Department team meeting. If you volunteer at the shelter, you will have noticed the wall of alphabet soup that is our nametag storage system. Well, the team came up with an innovative solution to the problem and we may be doing a major overhaul of the nametag storage soon! Stay tuned for more details as I work through the idea, or feel free to chime in with your own innovative ideas! Thanks Team!
Fix a Feral!
We have a terrific promotion going on now to help balance the overpopulation of feral and free roaming cats in our community.
Thanks to grants, and the anticipated proceeds from the Spay-ghetti benefit, we are able to offer free feral cat packages in the spay neuter clinic to residents of Marion and Polk county who trap a feral or free roaming cat and bring it in (by appointment) for spay or neuter, vaccination with FVRCP and Rabies, dewormer, flea and ear mite treatment and ear tip. Cats are then returned to their colony or neighborhood. Individuals who own semi-wild barn cats can trap them and bring them in for the same package for only $5.00! Trap rental is free with a refundable deposit too. See the website for more details.
January 21st Spay-ghetti dinner benefit: SOLD OUT!
Thank you to everyone who took tickets to sell. This will be a great event for a wonderful cause.
Random acts of support:
If you bring reusable bags when you shop at Lifesource in Salem, they will donate a nickel to the charity of your choice for each bag you are re-using. Just ask the DIG fund volunteers how fast those nickels add up to big benefits for the animals!
Also, Fred Meyer is donating to non-profits based on where their customers tell them to give! Here’s how the program works:
Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Willamette Humane Society athttps://www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 87675.
- Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Willamette Humane Society earn a donation!
- You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
- If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
Davenport’s Den Special: All bulk dog treats in the baskets are an extra 10% off this month, so pick up a little something for the special canines in your life!
Volunteering, shopping and donating at the thrift store are great ways to support WHS. As a volunteer, you receive 25% off your purchase of regular priced items every day!
50 shades of grey…is how I would describe our cat rooms these days! There are so many wonderful grey kitties I don’t know where to start—grey/cream tabbies, long haired dilute torties, medium hair Russian blues, big cuddly greys, small playful greys, green-eyed shy greys, treat-loving begging greys, and of course, the infamous Grayson, who now resides in suite 2 so that people can actually meet this remarkable cat and visit and play with him.
Thanks again to every one of you that gives your precious time, money, resources and LOVE to the animals of WHS and everywhere in our community. You do amazing work, and I am so grateful to be able to support you in your work.