Than you guys for your patience in waiting for this edition. I was set quite a bit behind last week as I had a bit of a family issue to tend to. I am playing catch up now and doing a fabulous job if I do say so myself.
HAPPY VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION WEEK!!
Last night I was able to put some thank yous in the volunteer room. Take a moment to come in to the room and grab one of the goodies I prepared for you guys! I hope to see you all at the volunteer appreciation potluck this Saturday. Read on for more details.
You guys are all invited to our volunteer appreciation potluck on April 18th in the Ed hall from 4-6pm. There will be tasty snacks, mingling, sharing wonderful volunteer stories, and I could be persuaded to make a very moving and probably embarrassing speech as well. It’s a family affair so feel free to bring the kiddos!
After our potluck we are moving the party to Kraftworks Taphouse at 241 Liberty St Ne Salem Or 97301. It will start at about 6:30 and go until we are all so happy we can’t keep our eyes open any longer.
I am excited to tell you guys that the Animal Welfare Team loves to know when you guys are here and when you can’t make it. So much so that they have a board just to keep up with it! This helps them know more about who you are and when you are here! Yay Teamwork!!
Jr. Trainer Camps Need You! Do you enjoy reaching the next generation with your passion for animals? We are in need of 2 adults and 2 teen helpers for every Junior Trainer Camp to help with explaining Clicker Training concepts, organizing stations and general coaching for the teen assistants. Training will be provided – don’t worry if you aren’t a clicker trainer – you’ll learn! We’re really excited because this year, camps include dogs, cats, birds and maybe even horses! Adult commitment is at least 4 camp days (every Monday or every day within one camp week, for example.) Teen commitment is at least one camp week (for continuity with the kids.) Teen counselors for 5-6th grade camps must be entering at least 9th grade. Teen counselors for 7-8th grade camps must be entering at least 10th grade. Counselors will purchase their own tee shirts (cost approx. $10). One training meeting is mandatory, dates TBD, prior to assisting in camps. One training offered in June, one in July.
Camps are M-Th and 2015 dates are:
June 15-18 5-6th
July 13-16 7-8th
July 27-30 7-8th
Aug 17-20 5-6th
There is an informational meeting at 4pm on Saturday, April 18th in the Canine Classroom. You could attend this meeting and then hit the volunteer appreciation potluck! A Twofer! You are appreciated! If you have any questions, please contact Catherine at Catherine.Comden@WHS4Pets.org
Laura Carver thank you for taking Tyson/Willie into your home for so many weeks and giving him a comfortable and lower stress place to be while he waited for the next steps in his life to his forever home. You are a peach.
Martha Allen thank you for all the time you put in with Bellamy, I have fostered food aggressive and nervous dogs myself and I understand firsthand the stress they can be. The reward of them getting a home is definitely worth the work but just know that we see and recognize what you have put into her and its greatly appreciated.
Just wanted to shout out Dakota, the red dog walker. He was really thorough when he was walking Wonder ears about asking about his harness! I was impressed!
Monday Dog Walkers, only one call in on one shift on Monday the 6th. That’s 99% perfect attendance! I am so proud of you guys for sticking with your commitment! Keep up the good work guys!
I am so thankful to be the one who serves all of you. So thankful that I get to meet and work with such a fantastic group of individuals. As volunteers you come in week in and week out and give of your free time.
I am impressed by your dedication, involvement, excitement and love. The staff wouldn’t be able to complete all that they need to do if it wasn’t for you. The pets wouldn’t be as comfortable and happy if it wasn’t for you. The organization wouldn’t have such a positive view in our community if it wasn’t for you. So thank you for all the big jobs and little tasks you help us to accomplish every day! -Kimmi
Does anyone out there in volunteer land know someone who works for Hawaiian Airlines? We’d like to request airline tickets for Bowser’s Boo Bash but need an employee to work with us. Please get in touch with Meredith Kuhl, 503-585-5900 ext. 304 or Meredith.Kuhl@whs4pets.org.
Do you know anyone who belongs to a golf course in Central Oregon? We’re putting together a high end golf package for Bowser’s Boo Bash and need some connections. Please let Meredith know! 503-585-5900 ext. 304 or Meredith.Kuhl@whs4pets.org.
Cat + Guitar= Purrfection
All are welcome to attend and support the local heroes of our community who provide compassionate services to pets and people. Each nominee will be recognized for their work, followed by the presentation of awards and a social reception. Dessert, tea and coffee will be served. RSVP not required. I will be there and look forward to seeing your friendly faces in support of your teammates. The event will be held Wednesday, April 15th at 7:00 pm located in Pringle hall Community Center.
• Al Bessol, WHS volunteer and feral cat trapper.
• Kathi Buchta, Meow Village volunteer and foster mom.
• Harmony Crosby, WHS volunteer and dog walker.
• Tom Halsey, WHS volunteer, dog walker, former board member, animal transporter, Project Fence leader and fundraiser.
• Dr. Jacque Harter, WHS Shelter Veterinarian
• Corinne Hashenberger, WHS Volunteer, foster parent, and pet recovery specialist.
• Karen Hilfiker, Marion County Dog Control Officer and Veterinary Technician
• Nina Kraft, WHS volunteer and Humane-a-Teen
• Alina Miller, WHS volunteer and dog walker
• Lee Nichols, WHS volunteer and Behavior & Training Teacher
• Idi Vargas, Founder and Administrator of Lost & Found Pets of Salem
• Diane Young, Salem Dogs Rescue Founder
Adoption Specialist part time and on call
Do you have a knack for excellent customer service? Are you madly in love with the fuzzies like we are? Take a minute to check out the job description on our website as well as the steps to apply!
Kitten Season Has Begun!!
We are looking for donations of KMR for our sweet little bottle babies. We have really bulked up our foster group of educated kitten fosters and now all we need are the supplies to keep ’em going! If you can donate to help we would be so grateful!
Volunteer Appreciation Potluck and After Party:
This Saturday the 18th from 4-6pm in the Ed Hall the staff and volunteers will get together to eat and celebrate the volunteer experience together. After party will be held at Kraftworks downtown Salem from 7- whenever. Hope to see you all there.
Thursday, May 14th, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Low Stress Handling and Quick Training Solutions for Routine Situations- Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB, will identify common stressors and methods to keep pets calm during veterinary exams.
Willamutt Strut is just around the corner.
Registration is going on now, hurry and sign up and get your T-shirt! Make sure to put 6/14/15 on your calendar as a day for fun, friends, and fur! We hope to see you there.
Have you always been interested in Modeling? Do you want to know what goes on behind the scenes? Models can be a fascinating bunch especially those of the feline variety. Talk about catty behavior!!! If you would like to help out with our weekly photo shoots on the cat walk and be a part of all the glitz and glamour please send an e mail to Volunteer@whs4pets.org
The Thrift store at 548 High St NE downtown Salem is looking for someone to help out on the register between the hours of 2 and 6pm. Please call the store and talk to Kit or Carrie about getting started. 503-362-6892
Outreach events Help needed
Hey everyone, I have some exciting news! We will be doing a regular outreach event at the Saturday Farmer’s Market – the first and third Saturday of every month from 10am to 2pm. We will be bringing cats every time, and possibly dogs some of the time. I have one regular volunteer who is planning on being there every month, and I am hoping to find 2 more! Please let me know if you would be interested in attending the Saturday Farmer’s Market to talk about TNR, volunteering, fostering, spay and neuter clinic, and our adoptable animals! May 2nd will be our first time doing this event, so if you can’t commit to doing it regularly, but would like to help on a specific date, please let me know
503-585-5900 ext. 303
We are looking to put boots on the ground and get the word out about one of our most exciting events! Willamutt strut is coming soon. We have had about 300 attendees each year and this year we want to really blow that out of the water but we need your help. Come in grab some great promo materials that we will have for you, sign up for a shift on an evening or weekend and head out to Minto Brown dog park and invite everyone to register now and order their t-shirts! E mail I if you are interested and keep your eyes peeled for a sign up sheet in the volunteer room.
How are your matchmaking skills? Do you find yourself playing cupid with your friends and family? Do you have an itch to improve the quality of someone’s life through meaningful connections? Then K9 Adoption Ambassador just might be what you are looking for to fill that need! We have openings every day of the week except Tuesday and Wednesday and the shifts are varying times in the afternoon and evenings. Trainings can be completed around your schedule. Please e mail Volunteer@whs4pets.org to get more information.