Hey everyone! I am Kim, known to some as Kimmi. I am very happy to introduce myself as the new volunteer manager! I have had the pleasure of working closely with several volunteers during open days, cat and dog volunteers, foster families, playgroup volunteers, those who help in Davenport’s Den, and those who help out at the horseshoe. I have seen, first hand, the excessive support and kindness that you all bring to this organization and I am thrilled to step up to help continue the momentum of this program and make it a pleasure for you all to be here. We cannot do the amazing things we do for this community without each and every one of you!
A little about myself, I am the 2nd oldest of 5 kids. I am originally from Salem but I grew up in California. I moved back up here in 1998 and have been here ever since and I love it! I never had pets growing up so as soon as I had the chance I jumped right in. My own kids consist of an 11 year old torti named Jaden, a 6 year old Pembroke welsh corgi named Favorite, and a 5 year old pom/Papillion named Radar (he is an alumni of WHS). If you happen to stop by my office (once I am moved in) you will have the pleasure of meeting my two goofballs. I am really into dog behavior and training and since working here that has expanded somewhat to cat behavior as well. Another passion of mine is crafts… put me in front of a sewing machine or a scrapbook and I am happy camper. I love people and pets and being a help wherever and whenever I can!
This is a longer newsletter than normal please bear with me and check out each section thoroughly!!
We are looking for several Volunteers to come in between the hours of 12 and 4 pm on Tuesday July 1st to help out with counting store inventory. You will be given a list of items and asked to count those items. You would be reporting to Davenport’s Den at noon. Experience at Davenport’s or doing inventory a plus but not required.
I need 3 or 4 volunteers to help me out on Monday June 30th, to help set up for BJ’s reception in the education hall, as well as tents to be set up outside. I would need you to meet me here at 4 pm so we can be all set up and ready to go by 5:15.
Please e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help with either of these events.
News and Announcements:
Employment openings: We are seeking a Shelter Manager; this is a full time position. Details of this job and how to apply are posted on our website and the full job posting is in the volunteer log book. Please share if you know someone who might be interested and qualified.
Independence Day Holiday Volunteer sign up!!
July 4th is quickly approaching. For some of you this will be your first holiday with us a a volunteer so this is important information! I have put the sign up sheets in the volunteer log book under 6/26. Just a friendly reminder that since the shelter will be closed to the public on this day there are only two walk shifts for dogs and one shift for spot cleaning cat rooms. The first shift is from 8-10am, there is a shift for dog walkers and cat room cleaners. The second shift is from 4-6pm for dog walkers only. The staff shows up just early enough to unlock the gates and doors and they leave promptly at end of the shift. There will be no exceptions made to the shift times as the staff is on a strict schedule. Please make sure the dogs and cats are all put away and your tasks completed before the end of your shift.
And now a word from our sponsors…
Sponsors can often be overlooked donors at non-profit events. You see the logos (Capitol Subaru anyone?) around, but what does that really mean? It means those business have generously given Willamette Humane Society a monetary donation. Their support, like yours, is invaluable to us. Won’t you please consider our sponsors when spending your hard earned dollars? These were some of the sponsors from our recent event the Willamutt Strut.
Life Source Natural Foods handed out goodies and provided pens for our bags. In addition, they have raised money through their bag token program at the store.
Gallagher Fitness Resources provided the most popular door prize this year….a $100 gift certificate to the store. Get expert advice for shoes that match your gait from professionals with years of experience. Downtown Salem.
My Dog’s Gym provides playtime and training for your pup at their 6,000 square foot training space just north of Salem.
It’s that time of year again for JR. Trainers Camp.
Camp is held Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 4pm
For some of you this may be your first year volunteering for the summer and it can be kind of confusing about what is really going on during camp! Jr. Trainers select a dog and for that camp week the dog is theirs to work with. They do training, grooming, feeding, and focus on mental and physical stimulation. During those camp hours the mid-day walk shift doesn’t need to walk those dogs. Since the campers are working so diligently to meet our dogs needs, that frees you guys up to work with the dogs who don’t get a kid to be theirs for that week. Once you have gone through and walked all the dogs for a potty break this gives you plenty of time to shower the other dogs with love and affection and training opportunities. Walk through and practice Open Paw with our other dogs, if you are a yellow tag walker than you are also a qualified kennel buddy! Take a few minutes to sit with a few dogs and snuggle or brush them or work with them on sitting politely and making eye contact. Take that rambunctious dog out for some fetch or spend some time with the shy ones letting them know that this place isn’t so scary.
Puppies that are available to the public (as in puppies located in the puppy room and A dog hallway) can be taken during walk shifts to visitation rooms any day of the week. Puppies that are back of house (as in infirmary or holding etc.) cannot be taken to a visitation room for socializing during open hours as we don’t want the public to see them when they aren’t quite ready for adoption. If you have questions about a specific puppy or circumstance, please contact a member staff or your shift leader.
Please do not dispose of dog waste in the wall mounted trashcan by the entrance so we can keep the entrance from being stinky.
Please close and latch all gates to our exercise pens and playgroup yards even when not in use. Especially the ones in the back of the building where cars need to drive by.
Our customers see our volunteers as the face of WHS so they trust the information we give them. Let’s ensure that we are being careful with what information we provide to them regarding an animal’s medical or behavioral history. If you are unsure about a customer’s question please grab a staff member to ensure they are getting the most accurate information possible. This will prevent our customers from getting frustrated with WHS and will help to build an honest and strong relationship with the community.
The clinic will be closed from June 30-July 7th. Except Tuesday the 1st for the clinic volunteers that have been communicated with about helping Dr. Harter & Beth do shelter surgeries that day only.
IT’S CATURDAY!!! Saturday, June 28 from 11:00am – 3:00pm
WHAT: CATurday, Cat/Kitten ADOPTION
WHERE: Nature’s Pet Market, in the Sunny Slope Shopping Center, 4555 Liberty St S,
INFO: at 503.362.4555
There will be many kittens available for adoption as well as a raffle and prizes and the ability to donate supplies to WHS at a discount!
Plus, get 20% off all Kitten supplies with adoptions on June 28th. Hope to see you!
5th Monday is coming June 30th! This month it will be a community reception at WHS welcoming BJ to her official role as Executive Director. We will have appetizers outside if weather permits, and the event will be from 5:30-7:00. We will post an invitation in the volunteer room soon. You are welcome to invite friends to this, and we will adjourn to Santiam Brewery afterward to share a pint at their fundraiser for us.
Applause for Paws! Wednesday, July 16th, a comedy show benefit for WHS at the Historic Grand Theater.
Do you remember the guy from “Police Academy” who made all the crazy sounds effects? He’s our headliner for Applause for Paws! Michael Winslow will take the stage at The Historic Grand Theater on Wednesday, July 16th at 7:30. Tickets are only $25. Continue the ‘80’s theme by visiting Coin Jam Arcade and Grill before or after the show. The arcade is packed with old school arcade games like Pac Man and Donkey Kong, offers beer and wine, and serves starters, sandwiches, and burgers.
Yappy Hour returns! Saturday, July 26th and Friday, September 19th!
Aimee Sadler training week: August 25-29th, playgroups and reactivity reduction training seminars will be free for all dog handler volunteers. Please plan to attend as much as you can, but be sure to plan on the opening seminar, a prerequisite for any further sessions. It will be Monday evening, August 25th from 5:30-8:30.
Edison the golden retriever was brought to us back in March. When he came in he came with reports of issues with other dogs and an inability to live with cats, dogs, and kids. He was afraid of the leash, wary of men, and insecure. Well we had a lovely lady come in, who had years and years of experience with goldens, having earned many titles in show, competitive obedience, and other dog sports. She just had to come in to meet this guy. Her only intention was to get some pictures and use her golden network to help find him a great home. She offered to foster him and assess his behavior for us as well as get some training in to make him more adoptable. Well of course he charmed the pants off of her and impressed her to no end with his resiliency and ability to move on and reach his potential. He is registered now with the AKC, he has earned his CGC (Canine Good Citizen), and he is participating happily in dock diving competitions!! We are so happy for you Edison!!!
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