Volunteer Newsletter 4/5/16

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We have some surprises and fun planned for next week to celebrate you! You won’t want to miss our Meet and Greet open house with new Operations Director Betsy Bode! It will be held in the Education Hall on Thursday April 14th from 12:30 to 2:30. Stop by, have a treat, and get to know her! We’re also holding a Volunteer Potluck! The Staff at WHS would like to provide you with some yummy food and a good time! Drop by the Education hall on Friday April 15th from 1-5pm and party with us!

Recently a group of Sprague High School students used our girl Gypsy in a class project video! The stats were sourced by these teens and Gypsy is still looking for her forever home so take a look and feel free to share! Click here to watch!

We previously announced that you can now order your own volunteer apron! They are $12. We’re having to wait a little longer for them to be in stock so you still have time to order! Please try to get your cash or check to the volunteer office by April 15th!

Take some Yummy Tum Tum Pumpkin/Apple/Cranberry and make treats for the shelter pups!
Basic chewy treat:
1 pouch, 1-1/2 c flour, 1-1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 egg

Mix well, pat onto a baking sheet, bake at 350F for 40 minutes or until firm.  Cut into squares and store in airtight container in plastic baggies in the freezer/fridge.
Variations: add a drained can of meat (chicken, beef, tuna) packed in water. Add fresh fruit or steamed veggies; use oats or rice in place of some of the flour.  The resulting treats usually tear into tiny training pieces easily but aren’t too crumbly to use as larger pieces in food toys!

Yummy Pupsicles:
1 pouch, 1/4 c water, Optional cooked meats, fruits, veggies, yogurt

Dilute and mix puree and water; add small, cut up pieces of extras foods if desired.  Pour into empty yogurt cups, 3oz paper cups, or a muffin tin sheet.  Freeze.  You can pop them out of the containers and store together in a plastic bag.
Variations: Fill larger food containers for a longer lasting treat.  The pups will especially appreciate these come warmer weather!

Pupcakes:
1 pouch, 3/4 c flour, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp baking powder, ~1 c coconut milk (low fat, check against artificial sweeteners, esp caution: xylitol), Olive oil

Mix first four ingredients well, then add enough coconut milk to create a batter consistency.  Heat skillet on medium heat with light coating of olive oil, pour batter in thin layer, flip when bubbles stop forming, and cook to golden brown on both sides.  Store in fridge or freezer in airtight container or baggies.

Willamette Valley HoundTable Network Meetings
6-8pm Every Third Friday
(upcoming: 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.

Red Tag and Shelter Dog classes are open to all dog volunteers and fosters, regardless of tag color!  Come review your Head Halter skills, learn how to teach a dog to say please with sitting, get a head start on handling reactive dogs, and more!  Join us!

**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.

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/

There are a number of job openings at WHS! If you’ve ever wanted to work for us, check out the opportunities at https://whs4pets.org/get-involved/employment/

Do you have a few hours to help with the Humaneitarian Awards on Wednesday, April 13th? We need help setting up chairs and the rest of the room at Pringle Hall (606 Church St) at 6 p.m. After the awards, at approximately 8 p.m., we need to put the chairs away and do a little light cleaning. During the awards, please enjoy the ceremony and grab a bite to eat at the reception after.
Please contact Meredith at meredith.kuhl@whs4pets.org or 503-585-5900 ext. 304 to volunteer. Thank you!

Desperately need playgroup runners for
Sunday 8-10 am, Thursday 9-11am, and Wednesday 10-12am
Advantages: Getting to watch the dogs be dogs with other dogs! Getting to reduce shelter stress for the dogs! Getting to learn canine body language and handling skills. Getting to learn how and when to diffuse aggression before it escalates. Disadvantages: none. All tag levels needed.

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. Can youhelp? Please contact Meredith at meredith.kuhl@whs4pets.org or 503-585-5900 ext. 304

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 they 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!

You may not know this, but our Open Paw Green Tag Dog Training is now open to all volunteers! It is being hosted by eliademy.com and is invitation only. What we are needing from RED tag volunteers is a group of mentors who are willing to do a “first walk” training with our new volunteers. If you are available to do this during your walk shift (or any other available time!) you will need to take the course yourself, and receive a training guideline from the Behavior and training team! Pretty simple! If you’re interested PLEASE email volunteer@whs4pets.org ASAP!

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Are you crafty or looking for a group project? We would love some of these! With Kitten Kaboodle coming up, these would look great in the display cages down at the mall, and we’re sure our foster parents with rolling cages would love them! Contact us at volunteer@whs4pets.org to get the PDF instructions! We need PLENTY of these!

Terry McKay- helps direct any customer to cats as well and dogs.  If asked a question about a dog, she comes to adoptions and gets answers.  Terry is never without a smile, a good word or greeting to anyone.  Terry is always happy to help a customer and or staff.  Her nature, personality and sweetness, must benefit the pets in her care.  The great vibes she must give out to the pets shows on her face and in her voice.  Also with her sweetness, I think the cats health is stronger because they have a calming effect on their stress levels. She’s good for WHS, all the pets in her charge and with all the customers.

Linda Crosby- always has a smile on her face. When good things happen, she smiles. When bad things happen, she gives helpful and plentiful suggestions and advice….with a smile. She is comfortable with the dogs she works with, and they seem to understand and trust her. She comes in and gives her time and heart to some of the most challenging dogs. She has shown time and time again that they ARE worth the extra work and love she gives them. Every dog needs to know they are loved and she loves them.

Bill Bahde- is a wonderful, long time volunteer. He is a soft spoken, laid back, gentle man. Many dogs are upset with men, but he has a knack for calming them down and showing them that there ARE  GOOD men in this world. He only walks dogs. Not because he doesn’t care about other jobs, but because he wants to give his time, energy and love to the dogs. I have know Bill for 6 years. I have learned from his advice and his style. Bill is a quiet man who doesn’t volunteer for the accolades, but for the well being of the dogs.

Martha Russell- is so dedicated to WHS, the dogs and other volunteers.  She’s been volunteering for nine years in many capacities.  Every week she takes pictures of our dogs and posts them.   And she takes the time and trouble to show the dogs at their best, trying to  bring out a friendly, open-mouth smile.  Getting the dogs to relax and “smile” just isn’t that easy in many cases!  What would WHS’s website look like with just exam photos on line? In addition she has her weekly blog, a lengthily, yet entertaining read advertising our available dogs.  She gets to know her blog dogs through research on Pet Point, 360 meeting, playgroup notes, the comments of others and through personal interacts with them.  Call Martha thorough and determined to present an accurate description.  The blog has lots of great photos and is well written and edited. And on top of that she keeps us all up to date with her Facebook page which has a huge following.  The time she has spent donating to WHS far exceeds the hours she logs in on the computer.

Jolene Jones- embodies what WHS stands for: providing compassionate services for pets and people.  Jolene has spent additional personal time to help reduce kennel stress in many of the dogs.  From spending extra hours working on loose leaching walking with the tough pullers to taking some of the dogs to swim class Jolene has shown her dedication and compassion to finding forever homes to our furry friends.  She should be recognized for her work with Opie before he went to foster care.  She spent many Canine RX hours training him in loose leash walking, chilling out, and taking treats and not fingers.  Besides being compassionate towards the animals she is also empathic to the other volunteers she works with at WHS.  She is always smiling which makes it easy to for the rest of us to work along side her.

Marianne Fox- is always volunteering at the shelter to help. She has a walking shift, bathes dogs, helps adoptions, comes extra days, comes early to spend time with special dogs and stays late to give extra help and love to the dogs.  She helps Martha with taking pictures on Sunday, she takes dogs on respites, she goes on outreach adventures, and even occasionally helps with laundry.  She is a smiling face you see around every corner at WHS.  You might see her walking dogs, bathing dogs, sitting with a scared pup, subbing for a missing walking shift or just offering wonderful advice to a new walker.  You never know where she might pop up.  She is always willing to go the extra mile for the animals at WHS.  She is a patient soul when it comes to bathing the poor babies who come in missing fur and smelling less than beautiful, is always willing to step up and take on an extra dog walking shift when we are running low, takes dogs to outings in the community to help them get exposure, sits with the poor, scared new pups and helps in a myriad of other ways.

Francis Kessler, Felicia Hirata, and Laurel Hines– thank you for
staying after your walk shifts to participate with shelter dogs Jake, Lilly and Betty as students for a CPDT-KSA exam. A local trainer, Suzanne Brean, is submitting this challenging and very detailed video examination to the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. The dogs and people had to be unknown to her so we offered to help her out.
We won’t know for a couple of months whether Suzanne passed her exam or not but she certainly couldn’t have  without their help! Thanks so much!

Anna Schumacher

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