Volunteer Weekly Newsletter

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[toggle title=”Vote for our tree!!”]We won last year and
we want to do it again!
PLEASE send GIVE4 to
444222 to vote for our tree!
The system will accept one
vote per cell number per day
between November 21st (last
Saturday) and December 15th.
Remember – Standard
messaging rates apply
You can set up an alert through
the WHS website to remind you to text daily, and you can also teach most smart phones to auto text once a day!! Get the word out to earn our shelter $2000!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Cold Season Pet Alert”]ALERT: When a pet owner tells you their dog or cat has ingested cough drops, the first thing you should do is check the ingredient list, according to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. While many times cough drop exposures will amount to nothing more than gastrointestinal upset, the drops can contain ingredients that create more serious consequences.  Most cough drops contain sugar, menthol, eucalyptus oil, colors, and flavors – ingredients that all may cause gastrointestinal upset. Obstruction may be a concern as well, depending on the number of drops ingested, the size of the pet and whether wrappers were also ingested. Infrequently, xylitol may be found in cough drops. Xylitol can cause hypoglycemia and possible liver injury depending on the amount present in the cough drops and how many were ingested.  Another ingredient of concern is benzocaine. Benzocaine most often causes gastrointestinal upset; however, benzocaine is metabolized into compounds which are capable of causing methemoglobinemia at high doses. Being a local anesthetic, benzocaine will numb the throat when swallowed or the mouth if chewed. This can pose a risk for aspiration, particularly in those patients that may be more susceptible to aspiration.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Fun Fact:”]The Newfoundland breed has a water resistant coat and webbed feet. This dog was originally bred to help haul nets for fishermen and rescuing people at risk of drowning.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Davenport’s Den for Holiday Shopping!”]Remember Davenport’s Den when you are doing holiday shopping for a loved one–either human or furry!  We have a broad array of cat and dog supplies as well as gifts for people such as tee shirts, mugs, photo frames, magnets and door mats.  Volunteers receive 20% off regular price.  All proceeds benefit the Shelter animals!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Canine Good Citizen Shelter Dog Training”]Wednesdays at noon volunteers can receive training on skills that will help dogs pass the test to earn their CGC certificate. The volunteers can work with dogs on skills, working toward becoming certified while in the shelter, so that even if they get adopted before they earn it this will give adopters a leg up with their new pup!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Pints-4-Paws”]Santiam Brewing Fundraiser
Monday November 30th 4-9pm
For every pint or growler filled, Santiam Brewing Co. will donate $1 to WHS
Make a $50 donation or join the Golden Hearts monthly giving club, earn a Santiam Brewing Co. and WHS Commemorative glass.
**bring canned pet food** for every can of dog or cat food donated, Santiam Brewing co will match $.50!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Santa Paws is Coming to Town to visit Salem’s Cats and Kittens!”]Terri has an amazing ability to capture your pet’s personality forever and she can make even the most frightened kitty’s pose into an adorable photo.  Consider doing an annual photo of your pet, perfect for the upcoming holidays.
Santa Paws will be welcoming all naughty and nice small animals  for photos and wish list requests.
50% of the proceeds will be donated to Willamette Humane Society.
Package 1 includes 1 8×10 & 1 5×7 for $45
Package 2 includes 1 5×7 OR 8 wallets for $30
Add On: low-res digital for $10
To secure your visit with Santa Paws please RSVP here https://terrijacobsonphoto.studio-booking.com/booking/TJP/
Nature’s Pet Market is located in the Sunny Slope Shopping Center at 4555 Liberty Rd S. Phone number is 503.362.4555
Contact: Terri Ellen
Nature’s Pet Market
Cell: 503.999.2125
Store: 503.362.4555
[/toggle][toggle title=”Employers Give Back!”]There are a growing number of employers who will donate when an employee volunteers!
So far, we know Wal-Mart, Verizon, Macy’s, Kaiser Permanente, CenturyLink/Qwest, Chevron, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Office Depot, and Wells Fargo will donate at least $250 just because you volunteer with us!  What a HUGE impact you could make on top of your huge donation of time!
This is just the tip of the iceberg!
We’d like to encourage you to find out if your employer participates.
If you know anyone who works for one of these companies, get them to volunteer!
Here’s a link you can click to check:

If you find your employer in the list it will tell you if they match gifts and give for volunteer hours.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Help Wanted”]We need substitutes for all animal related volunteer jobs! If you are interested in working outside your scheduled shift please contact volunteer@whs4pets.org
Have you heard of our Corporate rescue program? It is where we bring dogs and maybe even kittens to other work places around Salem to reduce work related stress and get our name and cute animals out in the community! Wouldn’t you just love to take those animals out for some fun face time with potential adopters? Email volunteer@whs4pets.org to get started!
Could you go door to door explaining our TNR program with the help of our staff? We need some volunteers on January 9th. We will be going to door to door in a 97301 neighborhood to hand out free spay and neuter coupons for cats and to educate about TNR in the early afternoon, for 3-4 hours.
Floor Scraping Immediately and Ongoing-
Bring your scrapers and have a party! The paint on the floor in the Canine Classroom has got to go before we can install the new floor matting! Please feel free to scrape away with a friend or on your own. Deposit the scraped paint in the large trash can. Best times: Tuesday-Friday mornings; Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Friday evenings.
Classes are taught Monday mornings, Monday nights, Wednesday nights, All day Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Please be respectful of others needing the room at other times.
We need a few play group volunteers! Playgroups can make your walk shift so much easier, not to mention more fun! If you are interested in helping, contact
Jessi Keller at Jessi.keller@whs4pets.org
Employment Opportunities
Please ensure you read the application instructions and follow them carefully.

MUSCLE needed –
Are you strong? We’ll need some help moving the rolls of flooring when they arrive and muscling them around during installation. Each roll weighs more than 300lbs! We’ll be using hand trucks but there will still be some heavy lifting and pushing going on.  Dates are to be determined – sometime late Nov or early Dec. Please let us know if you’d like to help and we can let you know specifics when we have them.
Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center in Salem is seeking three wildlife interns for 2016.
Two of the positions are mammal nursery interns.  The third is an avian nursery intern.  The work schedule is April until August, 40 hours a week.  Housing and a $50 weekly food stipend is available.  Two years coursework in biology, zoology or related field is required.
For detailed information on the program and application, email info@turtleridgewildlifecenter.org
Deep Cleaning Urgent Need
Will someone to help us keep important areas clean? We have public classes held in our Training Room Saturdays and Mondays, and it is imperative that the classroom is deep cleaned before those classes. We have a need for help with our laundry and dishes as well! If you’re willing to share these skills with us, please contact volunteer@whs4pets.org to get started!
Salem Center has started collecting cans and bottles for our DIG fund but we need a few self starting volunteers to go collect them regularly for us. Are you willing, or do you know anyone who would help us out this way? If so, email volunteer@whs4pets.org to get started!
We are going to be collaborating with other organizations to provide gift wrapping services in the Salem Center Mall a few days before Christmas. This will raise some money for our shelter, and is a great opportunity to provide services to our community! Are you interested in helping? Contact volunteer@whs4pets.org for more information.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Kudos”]I would like to send a shout out to Tom Halsey.  He is such a great person to work with and he is very caring when it comes to the animals.  Also he is VERY supportive of the staff and that is something that really means a lot to me.
Thank you for the Beautiful quilt Margie!!-Brie
Thank you for bathing our critters that are in need Marianne! You make them feel better!-Bodda
Thank you for fostering Paulie. She needs it and you’re a huge help!-Brie
Thank you for being such a great help for our customers in regards to our cats Hazel! You rock!-Brie
Thanks for taking pictures for us Martha!-Bodda
Thank you for driving the animals at short notice and always tending to our laundry Randy Mills!-Bodda
[/toggle][toggle title=”Dog Notes”]Volunteers DO NOT contact rescues directly concerning shelter dogs. All arrangements go through Ashleigh
Remember not to step between dogs who are upset by each other. It is an excellent way to land them in bite quarantine!
Make sure you are taking the correct route with the dogs in and out. I know it is confusing with the ISO dogs in there, but we don’t want to stress out the other dogs by walking past the fronts of kennels. If you need guidance contact your team captain!
Remember:  The only Tags allowed in strays are Yellow, Red, and Blue!  No green or Purple Tags in strays!  Definitely no public access. Not even to say hi or to Open Paw from the front of the kennel.  We need to provide uniformity, especially for newly trained volunteers, so make sure you are where you are supposed to be to set a good example!
Evergreen Veterinary is no longer honoring they “senior dogs and cats care for life” promotion. They offer it in a paid package but the promotion ended in April. If you are interacting with customers make sure you aren’t telling them about this promotion anymore, it has ended.
Remember to close doors behind you and do not open the door for any customers on Thanksgiving! They have occasionally gotten in behind volunteers in the past, and we do not have any staff who have time to work with public on closed days! Have them contact their vet for emergencies!
Have you accidentally taken some kennel keys home?  Please bring them to Anna in the Volunteer Manager office!
Someone made a note about Koa, and that he is great at playing tug of war. We train all walkers not to play mouthy oriented games as it becomes a risk for redirect bites. Koa is a huge strong dog with very large teeth and a high amount of pent up energy. Amping him up isn’t a great idea.
The old method was to use the mop
after picking up the feces. However, it was decided that having bleach in a kennel with a dog is not the best for the dos’s health.
The new practice is to, after picking up the feces, spray the dirty spot down with Simple Green spray (there should be a bottle every dog room; simple hand spray bottles). Then wipe the simple green off with a damp rag. Toss the dirty rag into the laundry and done! Gloves are also available in all animal room for cleanliness.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Cat Notes”]Remember to close doors behind you and do not open the door for any customers on Thanksgiving! They have occasionally gotten in behind volunteers in the past, and we do not have any staff who have time to work with public on closed days! Have them contact their vet for emergencies!
The Cat Quarantine is Lifted!! Please resume all cat shifts effective immediately!
Remember to post your absences on the Volunteer Board online, and email the volunteer manager at volunteer@whs4pets.org. The Volunteer Central Board is at https://whs4pets.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-central/
Evergreen Veterinary are no longer honoring senior cats and dogs treatment for life…they offer it in a paid package but that promotion ended in April so make sure you aren’t misleading customers.
Have you accidentally taken some kennel keys home?  Please bring them to Anna in the Volunteer Manager office!
Remember not to put used cat toys in another cats home, or back in the drawer.  Always place them in laundry.