Volunteer Weekly Newsletter

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Happy 4th of July folks!!  I hope that you all have a great  weekend.  Please stay safe, avoid the heat,  take care of your pets in this difficult time.  I will be hiding inside with all my fuzzies to help them deal with the noise and we will be enjoying some air conditioning!  I will also be enjoying gummy bears… I highly recommend you also enjoy gummy bears.
[toggle title=”Behavior Nook”]Be sure to check out the WHS Playlists at https://www.youtube.com/user/willamettehumane/playlists
– We have organized some great videos you’ll love! Like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cGDYI-s-cQ&index=6&list=PL8PqZfZ1SXJEDaZfFF_XXc-qlfUt4-BaX
[/toggle][toggle title=”Dog Volunteers”]It continues to be very hot over. Please consider wearing a hat to protect your face from the sun. Wear sun screen. Drink plenty of water. There is water in the coolers by the dog walk desk. Make sure to throw away your cups at the end of your shift to not clutter the small amount of volunteer space.
Also make sure the dogs have access to plenty of water as well. Take breaks in the shade as needed. Avoid the concrete as much as possible to help their paws to not burn.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Playgroup Highlights”]Thank you for your continued support of playgroups for our shelter dogs. Playgroup is much more than dogs getting to be off-leash. Playgroups promote sociability, help us assess dogs for aggression and provide unrestrained pleasure for the participant dogs. Are you getting the idea that playgroups are fun for the humans, too? WHS staff is begging to participate for the simple joy that playful dogs bring. In the coming weeks, you’ll see staff members wearing blue shirts attending more playgroups. Be sure to stop by and introduce yourself![/toggle][toggle title=”Cat and Dog Volunteers”]Please do not handle or bother the animals that came back from surgery that day as they are not themselves coming out of anesthesia, they may not feel well, they may be cranky, they may be confused and all of these things can lead to a defensive action such as biting. This then puts the animal on bite quarantine for 10 days. They do not get socialization or the ability to get adopted and all of this can be avoided if we just respect their space and condition while recovering from surgery. The nicest thing you can do for them after a hard day like that is to let them settle and recover fully. [/toggle][toggle title=”Shout Outs”]Margie Felty: For staying all day long doing laundry! You are such a huge help and give unbelievable work! – Sarah (Intake)
Jean Dion: Thank you for helping me with Cookie when she got her leg stuck! You are a lifesaver! I couldn’t have done it alone! -Brandy
[/toggle][toggle title=”Fireworks and Pets”]image1[/toggle][toggle title=”Volunteer Opportunity and Events”]Fiscal Year Update
Ever wonder what is going on behind the scenes? Here is your chance to come in and get the inside scoop!
BJ Andersen (our Executive Director) will be hosting a Fiscal Year Update Meeting for all of you wonderful volunteers. Tuesday July 7th at 5:30pm in the ED Hall. No registration or sign up necessary. Just come enjoy the updates, have a few refreshments, and start the fiscal year off in the know!
Humane Fest!!
To kick off the celebration of WHS’ 50th year we are hosting Humane Fest on July 18th from 2-6pm here at the shelter. If you have been to a Yappy Hour before than you will really love this event. There is going to be food and drinks, live music, playgroup, vendors, and its family friendly. Pack all the kids in the car (both two and four legged) and come on down to enjoy some sunny fun to celebrate with us! Bring your dog to the Humane Fest on July 18th and show your volunteer badge to enter any Dog Training Workshop for FREE! Learn new skills and meet our Behavior and Training team! Topics may include:
Stop Jumping On Me! (Default Sit to greet)
Magic Trick Training (Hand Target)
Walk This Way: Loose Leash Skills
Get Clickin’: How to Begin Clicker Training
Shy Dog Confidence Building
Nail Trim Training
Find an Ask a Trainer booth—we’ll be over by the play yard shed—and register. We will have workshops on the half hour.
Pet Tech First Aid Certification and Training Program
The class will be held Saturday, July 25th from 8am-5pm and the fee is $125.00 at Natures Pet Market 4555 Liberty Rd S.
The course is designed for shelter employees, rescue personnel, kennel staff, groomers, obedience trainers and pet sitters, and pet parents. Those attending will learn how to effectively deal with chocking, breathing issues, bleeding, poisoning, muzzling, heat injuries, senior and dental care as well.
Classes are hand on and taught by Suzanne Brean a certified instructor and professional dog trainer.
Register online here:
Bring your lunch on the day of the course. Snacks and Drinks will be provided. For more information, Call Suzanne Brean at 541-974-0324 or mylittledogtraininbiz@yahoo.com
[/toggle][toggle title=”Cat Volunteers”]Holds have a 10$ fee that is not refundable and does not go towards the cost of the adoption. It is a fee for a service of us holding that cat for them or for them to be in line for that cat as in 2nd hold or 3rd. Holds for cats are for one day if the animal is already spayed and neutered. Check the adoption paperwork as well as the kennel front, if you have confusion if the animal is fixed or not please consult with staff who can confirm for you. If the kitty is not yet fixed the scheduled surgery days are Tuesdays and Fridays so the kitty would only have to wait until that time to get fixed. If a kitty is on hold when they are on the surgery schedule they are a priority to get done so we do not bump them and have them wait longer. They can go home the same day of surgery or the day after, and the hold would go until that time. The staff will be the one to complete the hold, but you may be asked to put the pink laminated hold slip on the animal’s kennel. Please check with the adoption team if you have any questions about holds, our policies, or procedures regarding holds. Thank you so much for helping our customers and providing great customer service with accurate information! We cannot do this without you all.[/toggle][toggle title=”Employment Opportunities”]Check the log book and website: https://whs4pets.org/get-involved/employment/ [/toggle][toggle title=”Dog Volunteers”]Remember to give your team captains advanced notice when you are taking time off. They use their personal time to find subs and calling out last minute is not fair to them, the dogs, or the rest of your team. Be responsible, call in early!
Sunday – Sherrie Andrews Sgandrews1@comcast.net 503-910-5429
Monday- Krystal Kraig Krystalkraig@gmail.com 503-584-1711
Tuesday – Joan Fraser Joanfraser48@yahoo.com 503-931-9318
Wednesday – Martha Russell Martha@salemrussells.com 503-540-8723 or 503-508-1716
Thursday – Barb Cash CCBarb@comcast.net 503-581-8685 or 971-444-0058
Friday – Caroline Patton carebear014@hotmail.com 541-908-2115
Saturday – Taylor Meyer Meyer_taylor10@yahoo.com 503-910-9681
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Fifty years of adoption is a great reason to celebrate! Help us kick off our 50th anniversary at Humane Fest on Saturday, July 18th from 2 to 6 p.m.
Bring your dog for playgroups, pictures, and behavior workshops (FREE for volunteers).
Bring your cat for pictures! It’s hard to host cat events, but volunteer Marilyn takes wonderful cat photos. Bring your fuzzy in a carrier and have their picture taken in our quite photo room.
Come by yourself or bring a friend and have a beer and visit with vendors. There’s something for everyone.
Kid’s activities 3 – 6
Dog playgroups 2 – 6
Smoothie bar 3 – 5
Santiam Brewery beer 4 – 6
Food by Jimi Rigged 4 – 6
Pet vendors 2 – 6
Adoptable animals from various organizations 2 – 6
Clicker trained horse-various times
Behavior and Training demos – agility, play training your dog and more 2 – 6
Canine Good Citizen tests 2 – 6
Some activities are free, some are by donation, some are for purchase.
Humane Fest is just around the corner, we still have spaces for vendors. This event kicks off our 50th anniversary. On Saturday, July 18th, from 2 to 6 p.m. we will have dog playgroups, pet pictures, kid’s activities, dog demonstrations, food and beer, a band, and a smoothie bar. Not everything will be going on at once but there will be a lot to do!
Vendor spaces are only $50 and people can SELL things. This is a big difference from WillaMutt Strut where selling costs $30 on top of the $100 booth fee. Set up starts at 12:30. Spots will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Vendors need to be ready by 2 and stay until 6. We will only provide the space. They must provide the tent (recommended), tables, chairs, etc.
If you know someone with a small business, please let them know. I’d appreciate an RSVP by Sunday, July 6th.
Save $5! Is your dog a Canine Good Citizen? Let’s find out! We’re running the AKC CGC test at the Humane Fest on July 18th and you’re invited to register! Click here and enter Save5 at the checkout for a volunteer appreciation discount of $5 off the registration price.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Meet the Staff”]MaryAnn Miller
Maryanne Miller is our Adoptions Supervisor. She has a great background in helping people and customer service may as well be her middle name.
You’ll often see her with a smile on her a face and bounce in her step. If you have a question about an adoptable animal she is your go to gal. You can find her in Davenport’s Den during open hours.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Fact Of The Week”]Cows have best friends and become stressed when apart.[/toggle][toggle title=”New Clinic Policy and Schedules”]We are no longer accepting public dogs for surgery unless the owner currently receives government assistance. The pricing is still the same and I have replaced the old brochures up front with new ones reflecting this change. Also we only do dog appointments on Wednesdays. We do public cat appointments on Wednesday and Thursday, ferals are Monday through Friday.
We are looking for clinic helpers! We have a Monday morning shift open from 7-10:30 and a 10:30-1pm we have a Tuesday 10:30-1 and a Wednesday 2-5pm closing shift. These are fantastic shifts to get a glimpse of what goes on in a clinic, you get to directly support the staff and help their well-oiled machine run smoothly. If you are interested please let me know right away!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Pet Safety Tips For The Heat Wave”]• Pets dehydrate quickly, provide frequent access to clean fresh water, have shady places to hang out, do not over exercise
• Do not leave your pets in a hot car, if you are uncomfortable in the car they are probably more so
• Don’t let your pet linger on the hot asphalt not only can it burn their foot pads, they are low to the ground and feel the heat coming up off the ground much more than we can.
• Brush your pets more to help reduce the excess shedding coat. Avoid shaving them as the undercoats act as insulation to keep them cool.