Volunteer Newsletter

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Tis the season for Kitten Kaboodle! Our lovely new staff member hired specifically to run Kitten Kaboodle is Meagan Roy and she is excited to meet you! We will be opening down at Salem Center Mall from June 29 to October 31. Anyone who would like to take a shift down at the mall needs to contact to get started. There are 2, 3, and 4 hour shifts available: Wednesday 10a-2p, and Friday-Sunday 12p-6p. Please be aware when you come in to sign-up, we will be asking you to commit through October 31st from the date you sign on. If you cannot commit to that, you may still sign up for training, and join our much needed substitute list. Training is 1p-3p on Thursdays through August. Training sign-ups are only available through Julianne or Anna in the volunteer office.

Tis the season for Kitten Kaboodle! Our lovely new staff member hired specifically to run Kitten Kaboodle is Meagan Roy and she is excited to meet you! We will be opening down at Salem Center Mall from June 29 to October 31. Anyone who would like to take a shift down at the mall needs to contact to get started. There are 2, 3, and 4 hour shifts available: Wednesday 10a-2p, and Friday-Sunday 12p-6p. Please be aware when you come in to sign-up, we will be asking you to commit through October 31st from the date you sign on. If you cannot commit to that, you may still sign up for training, and join our much needed substitute list. Training is 1p-3p on Thursdays through August. Training sign-ups are only available through Julianne or Anna in the volunteer office.
**We will also need an on call emergency transport assigned to each open day.  What that will look like is one person a day who during all open hours for that day, can be on call as an emergency transport.  If we have a kitten pop a suture, run out of boxes or food, have any snafu that requires trekking between the mall and the shelter, that person would be the runner.

Have you heard of the latest She-Shed craze? She Shed’s are perfect backyard getaways for crafts, yoga, or just alone time!
Designed by Dale’s Remodeling and built by high school students in the CTEC program, we have a She Shed being auctioned for charity. The online auction started Sunday, June 12th and ends Sunday, June 26th! Sign up to bid today. You can get notifications if you’ve been outbid.
tinyurl.com/bidonthesheshed
This luxurious 8′ x 12′ She Shed retreat features a black shingle roof, scalloped trim and planter boxes on two slider windows, gable window, shutters, a cute Dutch door, and will be painted gray and white with magenta accents. The inside is decked out too, with luxury vinyl plank herringbone flooring and designer fabric walls. When it’s finished it will be fully insulated and outfitted with an electrical box for your wiring. The only thing left will be the final touches to turn this She Shed into your Dream Shed!
The proceeds will go half to CTEC, half to Willamette Humane Society!

Twice a year volunteers can purchase their own apron for $12. We now also have a year round option! Visit the site below to purchase any number of volunteer tops you are permitted to wear INSTEAD of an apron! https://www.zazzle.com/whs4pets
*The shelter aprons will remain available. Alternatives are optional.

Big shout out to Santiago Monleon and his Boy Scout Troop! They created 10 much needed benches for our yards for Santiago’s Eagle Scout Project! They did a great job, and we are so grateful! We couldn’t believe how much work they got done in about 6 hours on a rainy Saturday here at the shelter!

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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/

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 by emailing volunteer@whs4pets.org

Thanks to everyone who helped with landscaping around the shelter on Saturday! The rain might have interrupted the fun but we definitely made some progress filling gopher holes in the dog walk route. A special congratulations to Patty West, who won the Landscape Day raffle and received a $20 gift certificate to Dutch Bros. Our next Landscape Day will be Sunday, July 17 from 10 am to 2 pm. If you are interested in coming, let Julianne know. There will be another gift certificate raffle. For every hour you work, you get a raffle ticket! Picture7

Bob Cegon State Farm will donate $20 per household to Willamette Humane Society up to $500 through June 30, 2016

Save money on your insurance and raise money
for Willamette Humane Society! It’s simple:
If you don’t currently have State Farm insurance:
-Contact Bob Cegon State Farm at
503-364-7754 & get an insurance quote.
-Tell us you’re supporting WHS.
State Farm accepts all breeds of dogs

We need volunteers for a Farmers Insurance/Service Master Golf Tournament benefiting Liberty House and Willamette Humane Society! We need helpers this Friday June 24 At McNary Golf Club. 10a-1p we need five helpers to check people in, run the putting contest, and set up. We also need five volunteers from 5p-7p to help clean up. Please contact Meredith at meredith.kuhl@whs4pets.org ASAP to get involved, we are short on help!

We need a new lead Outreach Volunteer! Do you love coordinating events and talking about WHS? We need someone to help us coordinate community events and keep our presence active in the community. If this sounds like a match for your skills please email volunteer@whs4pets.org with your interest!

We are going through some staff changes and will need to hire a temporary camp coordinator.  The position will pay $15 an hour and will require a commitment to the four days of camp, with total number of hours pending.  If you or someone you know is interested, please email volunteer@whs4pets.org. We are closing the door to interest submissions on June 30, so please respond as soon as possible if you would like to be considered.
The camp dates are: Fridays: 7/29, 8/5, 8/19, 9/2.  There are two camps each day, one from 10a-12p and one from 1p-3p.  There is a flexible Prep day on 7/22 (though, this can be moved to any suitable date prior to camps).
We already have an itinerary, theme, hand outs, and lesson plans, but we are open to personalization to your preference within the “Paw Patrol” theme.  The camps have room for 20 participants per two hour camp.  Most are full.  Because this is a large group of young children, f you have contacts of your own who can help with camp, let us know. We have parents who may stay to help out and internal volunteers from our ranks we can request.

One of our summer camps this year is focused on Kitty Training. We will have a full house of campers! Catherine, would really love one of our cat savvy volunteers to come help with camp. Someone know knows about our safe handling actions, and good presentation in front of a group, would make a great assistant! Camp Starts July 11th, so be sure to email Catherine.comden@whs4pets.org ASAP if you’re interested!

We need a Cornhole set made for WHS events. If you’re crafty feel free to let us know that you’re on it at volunteer@whs4pets.org. If you’d like a little help start here for a couple of templates. Frames: https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/structures/how-to-build-a-regulation-cornhole-set Bags: https://www.cornholehowto.com/sew-up-some-bags/how-to-sew/

We are in need of some data entry volunteers! If you like office work, come ask Julianne to get started with Sara in Admin, Ashleigh our foster coordinator, or to work in the volunteer office! We’d love to use your skills to help keep the shelter organized and running smoothly.

Would you like to attend dog training classes for FREE? Our behavior department would be so grateful for your assistance in cleaning the training room. Our thanks to you is FREE attendance at 4 weeks of Family Manners 1 or Chase Me–Playgroup for every four deep cleans. We host shelter dog classes, public dog classes, and public puppy classes in that room–important resources for the shelter and community! It is critical that this room is sanitary for everyone’s safe use! Contact volunteer@whs4pets.org to get started.

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 have a trailer out back with a faulty ramp. We are looking for help getting a new ramp fabricated or donated, and sized to fit the height and width of our trailer. Must be weatherproof. Contact us if you can help: volunteer@whs4pets.org

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.

Chemeketa students– Congratulations on finishing your course! We are so lucky and excited to have you join our ranks! Thank you for being willing to work hard to support our difficult dogs! We can’t wait to see how your work impacts them. Welcome to the team!
Jolene F– We are SO glad to have you back! There was quite a void without you. So grateful your surgery went well and that you are back in our ranks!
Marianne F– You are foster mom extraordinaire! Thank you for your big heart, with so much room for our little old potatoes!
Felicia H– Thank you for taking on the task of being a team captain! You are doing a great job, and we are so grateful you were willing to give it a shot!
The board is looking a little light! Pop by and let someone know you appreciate them today!

-Cat Adoption Ambassadors!- We’ve got some long timers around! Remember to spend your shift up and ready for customers not socializing! We definitely have some cuties and it is easy to spend our time with them. There are also some long timers who are more sassy, or more shy who really need your help finding their home! Please make sure you’re talking about these ones to adopters so that they can go home. A helpful trick you may want to try is to check all the kennel cards for “Intake date” at the beginning of each shift! It will give you a good idea of who has been around the longest! Please Give extra attention to Ms. Fizzle, Thunder, Dexter, and Liebe this week!
-Are you willing to help our cat photographer when her support volunteer is out sick? It involves carrying cats to and from their kennels to the photography room, and getting them to be cute and happy for pictures! If you’re interested, contact volunteer@whs4pets.org

Cones = no off leash exercise Whether or not they are walked on leash IN a turnout vs around the loop doesn’t matter. Harnesses do not dictate where or how dogs are walked.
Kennel buddies: Use the stools located under the water coolers across from the volunteer room when you sit during a kennel buddy shift. They are now mandatory as a safety and sanitary precaution. It should be easier to get up from sitting should there ever be an issue. The stools are collapsible so they won’t add to your profile as you enter and exit the kennels.

From the Behavior and Training Team:
Gear changes are to be made by staff only (typically BT staff). If you do not feel comfortable using the prescribed equipment, do not walk the dog at all. You are welcome to come to a Shelter Dog Training class, offered twice weekly, or a Red Tag Bouncy class, to practice your skills so that you can better assist those dogs in the future.

You should never grab a dog by his collar to get his attention or get them under control if he is barking, lunging, fighting, or otherwise behaving in an over-aroused state. Please give them space, keeping hands off, and wait until they are calm again before trying to reengage. The most you should try is a treat toss in front of them or picking up a dragging leash or line (if already attached) to calmly move them away. If you need a refresher course on how to prevent and/or handle these behaviors, you’re welcome to join a Red Tag Bouncy class or a Shelter Dog Training Class.

Here is a simple hot dog treat recipe: Cut up a pack of hotdogs into small chunks, or coin shaped slices. Put them on a baking sheet. Cook in the oven at 200 degrees for 1-2 hours. Let the pieces cool, then place in a Ziploc bag or other air tight container.

 

 

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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