Volunteer Weekly Newsletter

Hey everyone,

I hope you all were out and about today and enjoying at least a little bit of the perfect weather.  I couldn’t get enough of it and was actually disappointed when the sun went down!  I hope that tomorrow is just as beautiful  so for those of you who missed out you get another chance.   I literally felt like the sun was hugging me today and it made my heart happy.   Have a great rest of your weekend!

Your Biggest Fan,

Kimmi

Approximately 2.7 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.4 million dogs and 1.3 million cats).

Just a reminder that leashes do not need to be washed after each use. When they have been pulled through mud or other disgusting things then please put it in to be washed. Otherwise please put your leash back in the volunteer room. Do not leave leashes in strays or in A dogs. Make your fellow volunteers shifts a little easier by not making them search for leashes in order to get started. Thanks Everyone!

FYI-
Several months ago BJ introduced to the staff an excellent practice called a 360 meeting. This utilizes every department to view a topic from every angle. The topic we are reviewing is our animals. Every week we have a dog 360 meeting in order to make sure we all are looking at what is and is not working for our dogs. To ensure that we are quickly and compassionately moving them through our program to their best possible outcomes. There are a few key volunteers that are representing you all and at the end of it all we will be sending out the notes from the meeting to our team captains so that they can share with you guys as well. We use information from your walk notes on the board, from playgroup notes, from interactions with customers, from our behavior program as well as from the vet. If you have any questions let me know!

Remember that your shift leaders are a great resource on how to care for the cats and customers even better. They are a great link between you and me as well. It’s always good to communicate with your shift leader if you are having any concerns of any kind so they can work with me to resolve it. They are a resource created just to support you all!

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.

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!

A Huge Round of APAWS for Lee Nichols and Martha Allen, both volunteer dog training class instructors here at WHS who just earned their Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed designation! This difficult task marks their commitment to being among the best dog trainers in the world and to continuing to learn the most current and humane methods of changing animal behavior. Congratulations, Lee and Martha!!
-Catherine

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!
foster@whs4pets.org
503-585-5900 ext. 303
zuri foster

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!

 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
Ashleigh
foster@whs4pets.org
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.

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. Register at the following: https://willamettehumane.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/WillaMuttStrut2015/Registration/tabid/678738/Default.aspx

Kim

Kimmi served as Volunteer Manager at Willamette Humane Society from June 2014 - September 2015.
Kim

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