Volunteer Weekly Newsletter

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Thank you so much to those who came out  for appreciation potluck and drinks at Kraftworks.  We had a great time and wished all the rest of you were able to come out.   I am already planning next years festivities so stick around!!
The Humaneitarian Awards  were lovely, just as I expected them to be.  Holy smokes, the little pies we had were just delightful.  Good food, friends, honoring some hard work  for a cause we are all passionate about.  It was a heartwarming evening.  Congrats to all the nominees and award winners!
[toggle title=”Kimmi’s Fact of the Week”]The combined save rate for cats and dogs in the month of March was 95%
We are doing amazing work!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Dog Volunteers”]Big News!! Catherine is all about resources for you guys to make walking dogs even easier. Now we have YouTube channels for videos of training information in relation to your tag color. If you are green tag or yellow tag there are videos under the green tag channel and if you are going to red or are already red and you want some tips to help you there is a channel for red tag as well. The links are below. I recommend subscribing so as Catherine adds new videos you will be alerted when they are available. If you have a great video that you have seen that helped you feel free to share with me and I will have Catherine review and see if it’s one that we would want to post.
Here are the links!
You guys may have seen information floating around about going to red tag. We are in the final stages of getting that completed and those who have been waiting are moving through the classes now. I will communicate more as that comes to the final stages! Thanks for all of your patience and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. We are open to feedback and ideas to make this an amazing experience for you guys as well as meet the needs of the dogs and the organization!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Cat Volunteers”]Reminder about feeding cats. Jean has been having a hard time tracking the food intake of our shelter cats, as often times, well-meaning volunteers refill their food bowls throughout the day. We are hoping to get everyone on board about not refilling bowls so that we don’t miss if a cat isn’t eating at all or is over eating. Typically, a normal cat would get a half cup of food in the am and no more (or half can etc.) for the entire day. Kittens are free fed and you can give them some more if the bowl is empty.
Please only fill the water bowls half full in A and B cats. When you swing the doors open and shut the water will spill out into the kennel making a bigger mess to clean. Go with half full and save yourselves the trouble and save us the extra laundry!
Cat pricing has been changed please note the following!
Kittens under 6 mos. – $90
Kittens 6 mos. to 1yr – $70
Adults under 7yrs – $50
Seniors 7yrs and over- $20
Medical/ special needs – $20
To answer some of the FAQ’s that will come from this change
Market research shows that we were far below the average of all other local rescue groups and shelters for kitten pricing. Our adoption rate was not substantially higher than theirs due to our lower pricing. The average cost of the services we put into cats includes a spay/neuter for $45-$100 bucks, dewormer $10, Flea treatment $10, FVRCP vaccine $10, Microchip with registration $20, this also doesn’t count the cost to feed them or if they needed multiple vaccines during their stay with us which they usually do, and it doesn’t count other things like nail trims and any other medications they may need. So getting a kitten for $90 from us with all these services completed and getting a free vet exam and some coupons from us at the time of adoption is still a smokin’ deal compared to getting a free kitten and dealing with all that on your own. This goes into effect immediately. There will be signs in all the cat rooms and the kitten room to advertise the cost to the customers. If you have a customer who is unhappy with the pricing please direct them to a staff member to resolve their concerns. Let me know if you guys have any questions!
Let settle means exactly that. If you see a kitty with a let settle sign on its kennel it means that it wants some privacy and time to adjust to our very new and sometimes scary setting. If we don’t respect the cats need for some peace and quiet to acclimate we are just creating a negative experience for them here. If you see customers bothering with a let settle kitty please let them know as well that they need some quiet time that they are new and scared. The staff will handle the cats in these kennels and reevaluate them and remove the sign when the cat is ready for visitors.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Behavior Nook”]The Behavior Department is growing and needs willing volunteers!
These volunteers will work closely with Catherine Comden Behavior Program Manager and Jessi Keller, Behavior and Training Coordinator. Please contact Catherine at catherine.steinke@whs4pets.org with questions or to apply for any of these positions.
PET Talk Set Up and Clean Up (free admission for helping!) 2 volunteers are needed to set up Ed Hall at 5:15 for each PET Talk on 2nd Thursday of the month and to set up refreshments in Davenports Den during the PET Talk at 6:30 so it is ready for the break at 6:45. Then, cleanup is needed for both the refreshment area and the Ed Hall following the PET Talk. What are PET Talks? See this link: https://whs4pets.org/announcing-pet-talks/
Jr. Trainer Camp Counselors – adults needed. Please commit to at least 4 days of camp (can vary – one day per week per camp or all of one 4-day camp – as available). We will be training dogs 2 days, cats one day and birds one day. Previous clicker training experience preferred. Background checks required. For application, please email Catherine at catherine.steinke@whs4pets.org Training provided. Schedule: June 15-18; July 13-16; July 27-30 and Aug. 17-20.
Jr. Trainer Camp Set Up/Clean up – adults needed Monday mornings of camps to help children arrive and get settled and every afternoon of camps to clean up. Schedule: June 15-18; July 13-16; July 27-30 and Aug. 17-20.
More opportunities coming soon! Thanks for your service and help!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Shout outs”]Kate Hudson, thank you so much for taking such great care of one of our donors. Giving him a tour and showing him how kind our volunteers are and how clean and happy our pets are was a great way to help him feel like he made the right choice to support us. Taking time to get to know him and have him feel that he was heard and appreciated is just amazing. You are a valuable part of our team and we are so lucky to have you here!
Paul Leonard and Cindy Flugum thank you so much for showing up to your walk shift on Tuesday the 15th and trucking along. It’s terribly frustrating to be left to do all the work and we recognize it takes the fun out of your volunteer shift. You are appreciated greatly and your dedication is admirable. You set a fantastic example for what we want to see in our dog walk programs. Thank you for walking over 30 dogs just the two of you! I am impressed and grateful!
Nancy Sanchez, thank you for taking in some new volunteers who we needed to get in quickly and giving them turbo training on open paw. This helped to lighten the load for our open paw classes and get people filling spots quickly so that we can keep chugging along and taking the best care of our animals!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Tidbits and Goodies”]Cat won’t let you sleep? Here’s why!

[/toggle][toggle title=”All Volunteers Please Read”]It is very important that you select what you are signing in to do when you sign in to volunteer. If you do not then we have no way of tracking how many hours we’re given in a specific area or assignment. We are unable to track growth and other patterns that help us to see what you need and what the shelter needs. We need to know what you guys are doing if you sign in and you do not have an appropriate assignment in your log in options then please put a note on my board or send me an e mail.
Volunteer@ whs4pets.org
Thanks guys!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Do you have what it takes to foster?”]FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED
Do you have what it takes?
A love for kittens.
Some free time in the summer.
Family and friends who love kittens.
The ability to come back a couple times for vaccines.
Some extra space at home to share.
The drive to help us keep our save rate up without having to turn away kitties.
The ability to brag to all your friends about how awesome fostering is.
The need to post the cutest pictures of animals on all of your social media.
If this sounds like you e mail or call us!
503-585-5900 ext. 303
[/toggle][toggle title=”Volunteer opportunities”] 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 signup 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.
puppy cupid
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Pet Talks:
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:
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.