WHS Volunteer Newsletter

Newsletter 1/13/16

Hello wonderful volunteers!  I am so excited to announce that we have a new volunteer coordinator!

Please welcome Julianne Dunn!  A former Cat Adoption Ambassador volunteer, she has officially joined our ranks as the volunteer coordinator!  She will specifically be focused on integrating new volunteers, but she will want to get to know you all, so please drop by to meet her!  You’ll also find some fun facts about her a little later in this newsletter!  We are happy to say that while we have lost Chelsea Rock and I will miss sharing my office with her, she will still be involved with us as part of Behavior and Training!

Team Captain Sherrie who is fostering Opie and helping him recover from surgery shared with me “Opie is doing ok.  He might have an infection around the plate in his leg.  His x-rays from Thursday need to be reviewed by the Shelter Vet and sent to his surgeon.  He may also have an infected spot above his tail which will get looked at Tuesday.  He is on antibiotics for the possible leg infection.  He has lost 3 pounds since October. As you all know he didn’t need to lose any weight.  The Whole Pet Vet suggested upping his food. He eats anything you put in front of him so that should help.”

Thank you to those of you who participated in Keizer’s Festival of Lights parade this year! From the feedback we got, it was a very fun event! We had some cute pups enlisted and really made a positive appearance for our community! We would also like to thank Petco for sponsoring us so that we could participate! We are already starting to grow our ideas and interest from volunteers for next years, so let’s brainstorm! Next year’s theme is Polar Bears and Penguins!

Did you know we have dog training playlists on YouTube? Click here for tutorials you can apply to walking dogs, kennel buddying, or working on Rx!  Most of our challenging dogs excel when you really get them engaged and working with you!

My 9.5 year old cat, Miles, was a present from my school when I was teaching in Ukraine—My favorite show is Murder She wrote—The best piece of advice I was ever given was from Secretary Madeleine Albright—I trained to be a professional opera singer for 6 years—I read over 100 books a year—I’m an avid traveler and I like to go somewhere at least one a month—I want to visit every continent before I die (I only need South America, Oceania, and Antarctica)—I grew up with a Doberman named Cookie—I’ve had the same best friend for 31 years—I love organizing things, from informational binders to trips with friends, usually including some form of spreadsheet and liberal use of post-its.

The surgery staff needs a volunteer who can bring the dogs in for surgery from their kennels, to the clinic. This happens Tuesday mornings at 7am. If you are interested please email volunteer@whs4pets.org

We need a few play group volunteers!  Playgroups can make your walk shift so much easier, not to mention more fun!  If you are interested in helping, contact Jessi Keller at heyjessi21@icloud.com

Do you have access to any unused hospital towels?  Our clinic is in need of them!  The towels are blue surgery towels, otherwise known as huck towels, measuring approx. 18×25 or less. *They are not bath towels*

We need substitutes for all animal related volunteer jobs!  If you are interested in working outside your scheduled shift please contact volunteer@whs4pets.org

Please ensure you read the instructions and follow them carefully. https://whs4pets.org/get-involved/employment/

Thank you for making all those cat blankets Kathy! Over 300 holy cow! You’re amazing!-Anna

Thank you Krystal for looking out for the little guys-Roxy for example-you rock!- Sarah

You guys Marilyn photographed 631 cats since last January!! Can you even believe that? So much dedication! Thank you for the time spent I know it makes a difference!-Anna

Karla, thanks for fostering Jax on top of everything else, you are wonderful-Sarah

WHS staff who are always so pleasant and professional and so willing to answer all my 1001 questions. Thanks for your patience, knowledge, and for caring about all the dogs and wanting to find the best possible outcome for them all. We’re lucky to have all of you!-Jolene Jones

Janine, thank you for writing such amazing, touching cat bios. You tell their stories so well!-Jean

Every so often it comes time to make adjustments to our teams! We have some shifts that are really hurting for extra volunteers, and we have shifts with enough walkers to spare that we are going to see if anyone wants to “defect” to a different team! Of course even more preferable than that is just to see if any of you want to add a walk shift! If you are able, these teams need help:
Monday 8-10a, and 12-2p
Tuesday 8-10a, and 12-2p
Wednesday 8-10a, and 12-2p
Thursday 8-10a, and 12-2p needs STRONG walkers who can walk the larger dogs (men?)
Friday 8-10a

Remember when you are approached by the public: Volunteers are supposed to direct all customers back to the staff if they want to see dogs. It is a liability issue to discuss our animals with them, or allow them to pet and interact. There are shifts open for Dog Adoption Ambassadors, if you would like to be trained and scheduled for this team let us know! Otherwise please direct the public to our lobby to schedule meets with dogs they’re interested in. Thank you!

We had a dog chew through a harness and get it wrapped around her really dangerously because it was left on after her walk. Please be mindful and place them in the buckets when you’re done walking!

Transfer dogs are not available for visitation or holds until we have run a fecal test and cleared them. Don’t confuse our new stray policy with the transfer dog one.

Do you have a WHS favorite right now?
If you are yellow tag, or higher simply come by the shelter, and “check out” a dog by talking to Anna, Ashleigh, or Stacy to take a dog out for a few hours to an entire weekend. This helps keeps our shelter dogs happy, healthy, and well-adjusted with this valuable time spent outdoors, or right in your home. Plus, you are providing them with socialization with a variety of people prior to adoption!

Please remember walk dogs away from yards that have loose dogs in them or playgroups going on. Walking dogs next to these yards often causes fence running or fighting, which is stressful and problematic behavior for our dogs.

We have been finding locks just hanging on the doors (front AND back) and not being put back through the door and locked (if during open hours).

Please do not throw leashes away

Please enter and exit the backs of kennels, not the fronts. Also if notes say a dog is a resource guarder, is safer to put the divider down to limit access to the food/toys away while you are in the back of the kennel with the dog.

All dogs should have a properly fitted collar and harness, unless the Behavior and Training team has indicated that a collar or harness is not to be used. If the harness is missing from the kennel, and there are no notes regarding equipment restrictions, ask for help in locating and fitting one. Don’t forget to clip the harness ring to the collar as well.

Remember when you are approached by the public: Volunteers are supposed to direct all customers back to the staff if they want to see dogs. It is a liability issue to discuss our animals with them, or allow them to pet and interact. There are shifts open for Dog Adoption Ambassadors, if you would like to be trained and scheduled for this team let us know! Otherwise please direct the public to our lobby to schedule meets with dogs they’re interested in. Thank you!

Have you accidentally taken some kennel keys home? Please bring them to Anna in the Volunteer Manager office!

Please clean up after yourselves in the volunteer room. We want it to remain an enjoyable place for everyone!

Remember to post your absences on the Volunteer Board online, and email the volunteer manager at volunteer@whs4pets.org. The Volunteer Central Board is at https://whs4pets.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-central/

You may have noticed we have cork boards in the cat rooms! This is a great place to let your fellow volunteers, staff, and public know a little more about each cat’s personality and unique stories which can help us better care for them and get them adopted! Please take advantage of these notes, and let the volunteer manager know if you need more blank notes printed.

 

Anna Schumacher

Volunteer Manager at Willamette Humane Society
Anna served as Volunteer Manager at Willamette Humane Society from September 2015 - July 2016.
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