Volunteer Weekly Newsletter

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It’s another beautiful weekend.  I saw project fence underway this morning.  I had a small  group working on a flower bed in the front today.  The dogs were out on the grass with Jessi and Catherine doing some training.  Lee came back in  all a buzz about Aimee Sadler.  There was a tortoise in exam with Erica.  I was only at the shelter tody for 2 hours and I saw so much happiness and productivity.  I loved every minute of it.  I hope your shifts with us are just as wonderful.
[toggle title=”FYI”]Project Fence Update
Saturday, May 2, the group strung 400 ft. of fencing and set 18 poles. Lloyd Rhoades, Tom Halsey, Barb Cash, and this time around Sherrie Andrews and a crew from her work, came out and really took care of business. Keep up the good work guys you are so impressive!
I know that some of you take advantage of some of the PERKS that come along with being a volunteer but do you know what you really have available to you? Here is the rundown!
Retail Store Discounts
• Davenport’s Den
• 20% discount on non-food products
• 10% discount on Hill’s Science Diet pet food
• Foster families may purchase pellet cat litter for $5.00
• WHS Thrift Store items
• 25% discount
Adoption Discounts:
• Volunteers qualify for a free cat adoption annually.
• After six months of service, volunteers qualify for one ½-price dog adoption annually.
• By annually, we assume it will be one year from their previous adoption before they qualify for another.
Behavior and Training
• Volunteers receive 20% off select Behavior & Training Classes.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Kimmi’s Fact of the Week”]While you are out enjoying the sunshine you might come across an injured bird or other wildlife. Try not to touch them because they may be scared or in pain and may try to bite or scratch you. You can contact Turtle Ridge by calling their Helpline: 503-540-8664. Check out their website turtleridgewildlifecenter.org for more information. Thanks for caring!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Shout Outs”]There is now a Kudos Board in the Volunteer room!! This is so that we can spend a little more time appreciating you guys and each other. There is so much that you guys do for us that we want to make sure you know you are appreciated. I know that you guys have much to thank each other for as well so feel free to write up a kudos and put it on the board! Check every time you can to see if there is one there for you! Each week I will take down the Kudos and put them in a box in the volunteer room on the book shelf. Please look through and take yours out if you would like to keep it or if you see one on the board that is yours you are welcome to take it off the board and keep it. At the end of a month I will empty the kudos that have not been claimed.
So today’s shout out goes to a staff member BIG BIG THANK YOU to Rachel Backer the shelter manager for making this happen as quickly as she could. She is changing the culture of WHS to one of gratitude, appreciation, and teamwork.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Tidbits and Goodies”]Cleaning with cats!
Cats Riding Mops
[/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.
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=”Cat Volunteers”]A friendly reminder that signs that say “let settle” are not meant to say that you, as volunteers, are not capable of safely handling that cat. It is not a challenge to see if you are able to safely handle that cat. It is not an invitation to see if we are or are not correct about a cat and its needs. What that sign really means is that this cat by having been poked and prodded at during its necessary exam, and put into a space where it is overwhelmed by sights, scents and sounds is stressed and needs time to recover before any more interactions. We want the cat to have ample time to adjust to its surroundings before we put any more stress on to them. Yes even well-meaning cuddles to an overwhelmed cat can be added stress. One of the things we pride ourselves on as a shelter, is being respectful to not only the physical needs of the animal, but also the mental and emotional needs as well. It is emotionally taxing for a cat to go through so much change and strange encounters in a short time; and to force your presence on a cat, who we have seen is obviously over stressed, is not fair to the cat. Please be respectful of the signs that we use and that our intentions are only for the best care for the animal. We know that your intentions are the same as ours, and that you and the staff are on the same team. Let’s make sure that our actions say the same.
Thank you all for your understanding and concern for our kitties needs.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Dog Volunteers”]Remember that you can use the pens in the ISO turn out to give our cooped up pups some time away from the kennel and fun in the sun!
Use these turnouts if:
• It is nice weather out
• The dog isn’t an incessant barker (occasional barking is ok and normal)
• If they do not have a history of escaping
• If there is another walk shift after yours to check on them within a few hours
• Lock the outer run gate if you leave a dog in an inside run
• Only leave them in an inside run
• Ensure they have enough water
three amigos
[/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
 We’d really like to bump up the number of participants at WillaMutt strut this year, and we need some help! We need to go to the dog people….vets, pet stores, dog parks, etc. Many wonderful volunteers have already put posters up around town. I’d like to make sure the “dog places” are covered. I have a list and would like three people to visit these businesses to see if posters are up. Can you help? Please contact Meredith at 503-585-5900 ext. 304; meredith.kuhl@whs4pets.org.
 If you are into paper crafting (like card making or scrapbooking), this is not an opportunity you won’t want to miss!
Tuesday May 26, from 4-6 p.m. in the Ed Hall, we will be getting together to create “Happy Tails” posters to show at the WillaMutt strut. You are welcome to bring any tools or supplies you like; there will be supplies provided for you and even refreshments.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Events”]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
Memorial Day Get-Together:
Monday, May 25th,
BJ Anderson is hosting a staff and volunteer get together at her farm. More details to follow! Keep an eye out in the Volunteer Room log book and upcoming newsletters.