Volunteer Newsletter

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Join us! We’re celebrating the Canine Classroom make over THIS Saturday , February 20th from 2-5PM. Bring a dog! Play some games! Eat some food! Enter some contests! There will be prizes! It is sure to be a good time and we’d love to see you there!

WHS is starting yearly planning for the 2016-2017 fiscal year! We would love your help! Please email volunteer@whs4pets.org with your hopes, dreams, and wishes for the volunteer program! The 4 goals we’re focusing on for this upcoming year are Communication, Service, Personalized Care for the Animals, and Support. If you have thoughts on these in particular we would love the feedback! Thank you for spending your time with us!

Click here to see two young intact males play! **Note, not all dogs can play this roughly and remain okay! They did need to be dialed down after getting overwhelmed, but for the duration of this video they are playing safely!

Swing by Santiam Brewing for the leap day Pints 4 Paws:
* $1 donated to WHS for every pint or growler filled
* For $5, throw three darts and win prizes or a donation to WHS by Santiam Brewing
* Make a $50 donation or join the Golden Hearts Club and receive a locally etched, commemorative pint glass.
Pints 4 Paws is also a canned food drive. For every can of pet food, Santiam Brewing donates .50 to WHS.
Monday, February 29 4-9 p.m. Santiam Brewing 2544 19th St SE.

6-8pm Every Third Friday
(upcoming dates, March 18, April 22, May 20)

Professional Dog Trainers! Groomers! Breeders! Competitors!. Network with other dog savvy and enthusiastic trainers. Each month is a different topic of interest. We collaborate to problem solve, talk about interesting canine facts and share information. Bring an appetizer to share.

Behavior & Training is in the process of moving Red Tag sign ups to an online form.  In the meantime, paper sign up sheets are still being posted in Volunteer Central.  There are weekday and weekend options available for both classes, as well as sign ups.

Have you heard?! Chelsea is offering drop in volunteer and shelter dog classes again!  Join her on Wednesdays at 2:30 or Saturdays at 4:00 for an hour long session of life skills and confidence building for our dogs.  See the flyers around the Volunteer areas for more information or contact her at chelsea.rock@whs4pets.org.

The tenth annual Humaneitarian Awards are just around the corner. Do you know someone in the community who does outstanding work with animals in our community? Would you like to see them honored? Then nominate them!
Four awards will be presented on Wednesday, April 13th at Pringle Hall in downtown Salem. The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. The Humaneitarian Awards is open to the public.–Meredith Kuhl

Are you tired of scooping poop in the rain? Do you wish magical fairies would come to your house and clean your back yard? Wish no longer! Willamette Humane Society’s newest sponsor does the dirty work for you. Presenting Dispawsal! https://www.dispawsal.com/

Training Room Open House Feb 20th 2-5pm
Paw Print Painting Team: Help people get a print of their pup’s paw  on the way into the building. They can choose colors. Wash paws before entering building. They pick up the paw print on the way out. Collect donation. Materials provided.  2 volunteers. Two shifts: 2-4 and 3-5.

Guides: Lead people from the entrance to the Canine Classroom and explain the history of the training department and shelter (key points provided!) 2 volunteers. 1 hour shifts.

Refreshment server: Cake and Coffee table 1 hr shifts 2-5.

Dog Ambassador: Stroll through public areas with dog and “Adopt ME” vest. Answer questions about dog and our training programs.

Photo Booth: One photographer and one assistant to work photo booth, collect donations and get pictures of people with their pets. Get photos printed and returned to Davenports Den by the following day for pick up.

We need a start/finish arch for WillaMutt Strut! Something portable, easy to store yet tall and steady enough for runners/walkers to see and be safe. We have some design ideas but are open to others. Are you a handy DIYer who can help? Please contact Meredith at meredith.kuhl@whs4pets.org or 503-585-5900 ext. 304.

Such a great group got together and walked the 97301 area talking about our Trap-Neuter-Release program! Let us know if you’re interested in joining us again on February 27! Contact volunteer@whs4pets.org for more details and to get started!

Do you like to talk about how great WHS is? We have a hearty band of volunteers who go to fun outreach activities like parades, dog walks, and pet stores. Sometimes they take adoptable animals, but the ALWAYS talk about all the great things here at WHS. Want to be a part of this fun group? Dates and times vary, so it’s easy to fit into your schedule and is not a regular commitment. Please contact Outreach Volunteer Cassie Pierce @ clpierce73@gmail.com to get started!

Are you a car guy or gal? Our development coordinator has the crazy idea to restore a 1974 Super Beetle (she’s yellow, out back, and beautiful!). Do you have car expertise/interest? At some point, we’ll need extra hands. If you’re interested (even without much experience), contact meredith.kuhl@whs4pets.org or 503-585-5900 ext. 304.

Thank you, Marianne and Nancy, for helping two of my students and their dog get safely into a class this Sunday.  I really appreciate your willingness to jump in when you see a need!—Chelsea

I am so grateful for the continued support the Behavior & Training team has received from volunteers–you all help us help the animals that we all care so much about.  Thank you, especially, to: Jolene J. and Richard W. for jumping right into shelter dog class each Wednesday,  Tom M. and Kelsey W. for continuing to help me with our video project, Karla K. for helping me with my first attempts at playgroup lead, Allan P. for getting involved with shelter classes and playgroup, Linda C., Jolene J., Martha R., and Marianne F. for continuing to spend extra time working with some of our needy dogs, Jacqui J. for providing healing therapy to all of our animals, and finally the group of volunteers that came to my PetTalks on Thursday.  Your commitment to helping our dogs really shows, and I love having the opportunity to work with you.  –Chelsea

Anna Schumacher

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

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