Volunteer Weekly Newsletter

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Not so weekly this month I know.  As you will read in this edition you will find that there have been a lot of changes going on.  I have been in  many  meetings and learning new things.  I  have found several opportunities  for volunteers who want to be more involved  as well.  This one should be a very informative read.  Get comfortable and get your reading glasses on!  Thanks for your patience everyone!
[toggle title=”Willamutt Strut”]Sprinting to the Deadline!!!
Willamutt Strut
It’s 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:
We’re expecting a lot of people and vendors and fun at WillaMutt Strut on Sunday, June 14th. We could never get everything ready for the big day without volunteers. We need help marking the course, handing out goody bags, hanging at registration and more. Volunteer time starts at 7 a.m. at Riverfront Park. If you’re able to pitch in, please contact Meredith at 503-585-5900 ext. 304 or Meredith.kuhl@whs4pets.org.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Results are in!! We took GOLD!!!”]Best of the Mid-Valley Awards
Willamette Humane Society was nominated in eleven categories, and thanks to all of our supporters voting each day, the animals at the shelter will benefit from the publicity of winning a gold medal in each of those categories.
Thank you for your support!

Gold Medals:

  • Best Animal Non-Profit
  • Best Nonprofit
  • Best Place to Volunteer
  • Best Event (WillaMutt Strut)
  • Best Veterinarian (Spay & Neuter Clinic)
  • Best Birthday Party Venue
  • Best Thrift Store (WHS Thrift Store)
  • Best Fundraising Event (Bowser’s Boo Bash)
  • Best Holiday Event (Bowser’s Boo Bash)
  • Best Pet Store (Davenport’s Den)
  • Best Use of Social Media

[/toggle][toggle title=”Kimmi’s Fact of the week”]The average dog walker will go on 260 walks a year here at WHS. Walking upwards of 65 miles a year! That’s a big deal, you make a big difference here, don’t forget it![/toggle][toggle title=”Supplies needed”]We are looking for plastic beverage containers of all kinds and sizes from pints to gallons. Please make sure they have been rinsed and dried and we do not need the caps to them. We are going to be working on making sure our dogs in Iso and back of house have something to keep their minds busy when their bodies can’t be. We will be doing food puzzles with these and this is an inexpensive and quick way to help out our pups. Please leave these donations on the bench across from the volunteer manager office and we will make sure they get to where they are needed. Thanks so many guys!![/toggle][toggle title=”Shout outs”]Big shout out to Shari Phipps. Her 100+ hours earned us a donation of over $1000!! Thank you for all you do for us here at WHS. Your fundraisers, your time and expertise are valuable.
Kudos to Marianne!
Thank you for your great customer service you make our dogs shine
Kudos to BJ Martinez
Thank you for asking your employer, Garmin, to sponsor Willamette Strut!
Kudos to Caroline Patton
Taking care of Martha’s Captain Shift for her while she is gone!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Cat Volunteers”]Have you seen the cute note board in A cats? Go check it out and add a note about your favorite feline friend!

Introducing WHS’s Working Cats Adoption Program

The Working Cats Program is a simple and green concept: relocate
Semi-social cats to suitable areas where they can work with humans who in return provide them with a place to live. It’s a different kind of forever home where the cats can do what’s natural – control rat and mice populations.
People and businesses who participate in the program accept
responsibility to make sure their cats are properly fed, have clean
water available at all times and vet care when needed. A homeless cat
gets a home, and a pet owner gets a natural, safe and effective means
to rid their property of rats and mice.
The adoption fee for a working cat is $25. This fee includes
spay/neuter, rabies, FVRCP, ear tip and dewormer.
As a cat volunteer this means if you have a customer who is interested in adopting a mouser or a barn cat or a working cat or an outdoor only cat… we do have options. Cats that wouldn’t normally be placed in a home due to their behavior here may do great in one of the above situations. The intake staff will know if we have any cats available at the time and they can show the customer those cats and give them the details. This is a new program we have launched in order to help continue our goal of saving more cats! Please let us know if you have any questions.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Behavior Nook”]All Playgroups are now during the 8-10 walk shifts. Playgroup leads are needed for Friday and Saturday. Please contact Lee if you are interested in participating or learning to lead. lee.nichols@whs4pets.org
Canine Rx is up and going! If you want to help the shelter dogs and are at least a Red Tag walker, please see Jessi to schedule training and a regular behavior shift. We need volunteers willing to learn the Rx training and work with our “at risk” dogs.
Help Shelter Dogs! Once a week, on Tuesday nights at 5:30pm Martha Allen will be coaching a drop-in shelter dog and foster dog training session. Want to play? Pick one of our “Needs Training” dogs and join us! Starts May 26th.
Red Tag Training coming up! Ready to see what the buzz is about? Yellow tag handlers can take these classes any time, in any order: RT: Shy/Fearful is May 23 3-5pm; RT: Bouncy Dogs is on June 13, 2-4pm. Assessments are June 27 – sign up with Kimmi.
WATCH THE VIDEOS! We have lots of training videos on the WHS channel now – for various levels of training. Check it out here:
Canine Good Citizen Test? Three volunteers needed to assist with running the AKC CGC at the Willamutt Strut on June 14th. Benefit to you? A free test for your dog or a $5 gift card to Davenport’s den. Email Catherine to help.Catherine.Comden@whs4pets.org
[/toggle][toggle title=”Volunteer Opportunities”]Training to be a red tag dog walker? Need some classes? Need to take the assessment? Here are the upcoming dates!
Red Tag Bouncy Class: Saturday June 13th from 2-4pm
Red Tag Assessments: Saturday May 23rd and June 27th (to take the assessment you need to have completed both of the above classes as well as have watched the shy/fearful dog video)
Canine Rx: Want to help our dogs even further than the daily walks? Want to make a difference in their emotional health too? Consider learning our Canine Rx protocols. They are easy training exercises that will help get our dogs in tip top shape for adoption or help keep them happy and comfortable while they wait here for their next home! You don’t have to be a master dog trainer; you don’t have to be red tag walker even. You can learn the skills then put them to use once all the dogs have been walked or come in a little early on the days you have time. If you really love it we can get you a shift for it! The next training class is going to be on 5/17 at 2:30-4pm and will meet at the volunteer room.
Conflict Resolution: Are you like me and dislike stressful conflict? Would you like to learn some great skills on minimizing conflict? We are lucky to have the Executive Director from Cat Adoption Team come down and give us a workshop for staff and volunteers on conflict resolution. I went to this workshop a few weeks ago with Rachel the shelter manager and BJ our ED and we were thrilled that she was willing to come share this knowledge with us! She will be here on June 18th in the Ed Hall at 10:15 am and it is a 90 minute workshop. There is no need to register and it’s FREE!!! It is geared towards helping people in animal welfare organizations resolve conflict but the basic principles can be used anywhere! I hope to see you there!
Dog Treat Chef Wanted: Do you like cooking? Do you love dogs? Do you like cooking for dogs you love? Well then we totally have the job for you. We are very fortunate to get tasty meat bits from Word of Mouth Bistro every week. We are also lucky in that some pet supply stores give us the sample bags of high quality kibble and we even have volunteers who love to make up batches of hot dog jerky pieces. We are looking for someone who is able to put all these tasty things together into snack or sandwich bags so that we can freeze them. A sort of dog training trail mix! We would be going through this quickly as we are building up our training program and our volunteers need more high value tasty things to offer our dogs! If this sounds like something you would be interested in please e mail me at volunteer@whs4pets.org and we can make a plan! I hope to hear from you soon Chef Boyardoggie!
K9 Adoption Ambassadors needed!
Do you want to be part of the adoption process at WHS? Yes, this means YOU get to help us send these wonderful pets HOME! We are looking for 2-4 volunteers to help us speed up the adoption process so we can send more pets home. Last summer (June-August), we averaged almost 250 pets per month going home – that’s amazing, right!? Help us raise that number this summer! We are looking for volunteers who are comfortable with showing adoptable dogs to potential adopters as well as being able to provide accurate information about the pet they are interested in. We also have a need for someone who can talk with adopters on the wait list about the following topics:

  • Vaccine information and history
  • Microchip information
  • Food (the food included in adoption and how to transition to new food)
  • Rabies vaccine and licensing
  • URI and Kennel Cough Waiver

You will also be shown how to make an ID tag for the pet!
Contact Kimmi at Volunteer@whs4pets.org to find out how to get started.
At Natures Pet Market
Sunnyslope Shopping Center, 4555 Liberty Rd S, Salem, OR 97302
5/30 – Saturday at 3:00 PM – We’ll learn about the FAR PROGRAM WITH Lola from LUCKY LEASH. Does your dog have a fear of strangers, loud noises, other dogs, Anxious? Aggressive? Reactive? (FAR) If your dog is behaving in a way that you don’t know how to solve, come talk to Lola Carey. The FAR program is different from many programs. It is not only safe and Effective, it is designed to be easy for the average dog owner to implement and easy for dogs to learn.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Dog Volunteers”]Just a reminder that when customers ask you about the dogs you have out they need to be directed to talk to staff. Only staff is allowed to hand off dogs to customers no matter the story the customers may tell you. Thanks for taking care of our pups!
We’ve changed our Feeding Routine for the Dogs!
Open Paw Feeding Quick Guide
Dogs kenneled with another dog should receive both of their food rations in the same food pail. Dogs should only be kenneled together if they require the same food as their kennel mate. **Exceptions may be made for a bonded pair of dogs that require different types of kibble. Please see the shelter manager in these cases for special instructions.**
• Dogs that are on a wet food only diet or wet/dry food mixed diet should be fed out of a bowl (or food puzzle) each morning, in lieu of the food pail. Their pails should have some high value treats added in lieu of kibble, unless otherwise instructed by a veterinarian.
• Dogs that are deemed underweight and are assigned a score of 2 or lower on the 1-5 weight scale should have double or triple the regular rations provided in their pails. High value treats may also be added to their kibble, unless otherwise instructed by a veterinarian.
• Dogs that have shown or have documented food aggression issues should have a labeled sign on their kennel. These dogs should have their food served in a Food Puzzle (only use a bowl if a food puzzle is not available) in the morning and must have their food pails refilled during an afternoon walk through conducted by the staff member assigned to that task.
• Puppies under the age of 4 months should always have access to food. Puppies should be fed a larger ration in the morning out of a bowl AND have their food pails checked and refilled throughout the day if necessary.
• Dogs that are scheduled to be altered should have their food pails emptied the night before surgery, with a sign placed in the food pail labeled “do not feed” (On the A Dog checklist). The sign should be later removed by an AWT staff member on their scheduled afternoon shift, who will then toss the appropriate missed days’ ration of food on the kennel floor for the dog to consume.
• In the evening, every dog’s food pail is to be checked and the remaining food contents tossed onto the kennel floor for the dog to finish (On the A Dog checklist). For kennels with multiple dog occupants, the food should be tossed over a larger area to allow easy access for all of the occupants to consume.
• When a dog is going to be moved permanently from its current kennel, the food pail should be cleaned before a new dog is placed there. The food pail can be cleaned using the same procedure used for deep cleaning water bowls.
Just a side note, dogs who are on a special diet or who have a sign on the kennel that says no treats cannot have Kongs. Please check both sides of the kennel for signs before giving treats or Kongs. Thank you for your diligence.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Meet the Staff”]
Rachel Backer
Rachel Backer
Is our shelter manager and started at Willamette Humane Society 5 months ago. Believe it or not her sister is your very own Volunteer Manger! Bet you can’t guess who is older! Rachel comes with an extensive background of Values Based Management and Training experience. She loves to work on her Hey Stranger Project (click Here to learn more) and spend time with her son Julian (6), her daughter Maya (3), and her WHS Alum pup named Carly.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Laundry Room Update”]We have had an issue with overflowing the laundry room even with clean laundry. We need to make sure that we are utilizing the appropriate areas to stack folded clothes but if those areas are full then the clean and folded laundry needs to be moved to the areas throughout the shelter where they are available for use. The laundry room now has designated areas for certain types of folded laundry as well as a cart to use to take the clean laundry around from room to room. The animal welfare team staff will be making a concerted effort to work on restocking more frequently to avoid an overflow and keep the process running smoothly. If you have some time to switch a load of laundry, fold it, or put some away that would be a great big help! If everyone takes a stack of clean laundry and puts it away or pitches in even just for a couple of minutes we will see a huge decrease in our workload all the way around.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Tidbits and Goodies”]“Supa purrfect!!!”