I am happy to share this weeks newsletter with you! It has been a roller coaster of a new year but it has been fun and exciting. There have been lots of new changes including the addition of a new shelter manager Rachel Backer! If you see her around the shelter take a few minutes to say hi and welcome her to the family! Keep your eyes peeled for more changes coming down the line! Hope you guys have a great week!
Just another reminder to check the kennels as you walk through and make sure that they have locks through the kennel doors!
Yellow/Red/Blue dog walkers please make sure to close the doors between the front and back half of strays as you are coming and going. This greatly reduces the noise and therefore the stress level for our dogs during their stay here. Thanks so much!!
There have been reports of landmines (piles of stray poo) found on and around the walking trails. Please make sure that you are grabbing extra bags and have them in your pockets of your aprons before you go get the dog you are walking. This way there is no distraction and you don’t forget your bags on the way out. It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep the grounds clean and safe for our pets.
Please remember to check in on the customers that you have put into the visitation room. The customers are not supposed to be carrying the cats around so its best that you check in with them 5-10 minutes after you have put them in a room. We did have a customer that left and left the cat in the room and the cat was in there for about an hour. We are unsure who it was but I just want to make sure that we are all on the same page. If you are unable to check on the customer please let a staff member or a fellow volunteer know which cat is visiting and which kennel they are from so that they can be put back.
On a positive note, a green tag volunteer on my noon walking shift Monday the 12th really impressed me. Each time she saw me walking a dog around the path, she got her dog’s attention in the turnout and moved away from the fence (she knows I work with some reactive dogs). So not only was it easier to keep the attention of my dog while moving past the outdoor turnouts, but her dog was totally focused on her. Told her later that I really appreciated her doing that and she said she always does that because that is what she learned in open paw training! See they really do listen sometimes! Thought that was great.
Download the Wooftrax App on your phone and register your walking for WHS and Wooftrax will donate for every mile you walk your dogs. Volunteers… that is a lot of walking you is doing, imagine your volunteering to walk dogs is also bringing in money for those very same dogs! To learn more check out their website https://www.wooftrax.com/.
Do you have that one friend who can be a bit annoying sometimes? I think we all do, perhaps this will work for you like it works for these furry friends.
The WHS thrift store will be having a Martin Luther King Day Sale on January 16th, 17th, and 19th.
Many items will be 50% off! See what treasures you can find! 548 High St. NE Salem.
On January the 19th the shelter will be closed to the public but the staff will still be here getting educated!! We are so excited to spend some time with strategic visioning (planning where we want to see the shelter going in the future), with workshops about writing, photography, making cots for our cats, and possibly a stress management or self-care workshop too. We are extending the invitation to you guys as well. What better way to build the relationship between staff and volunteers than to learn together and to get on the same page about things. We hope that you will be able to attend. The day goes from 9 am to 4:30 pm with brunch and a break provided! Even if you just want to attend the first part where you help us to plan how to get from good to great we would love to have you.
Anita Northcutt and Rose Barker are hosting a fundraiser for WHS. Please join them on January 20th, from 6:15 to 7:30pm at Broadway Coffee house, 1300 Broadway St. NE, Suite 100. Enjoy some coffee and treats and some great company and learn more about Harvard Risk Management. If you have questions please call 503-851-4885.
Happy Birthday: WHS is Turning 50 years old on 11/3/2015. We are going to start celebrating early and we would love some help to plan the festivities. Please join us on Thursday, January 22nd at 5:30pm in the education hall here at the shelter to help with brainstorming. We will be forming a committee that will last for the year and will have monthly meetings for about an hour. If you have an itch for event planning and love pets then this is the opportunity for you!
The Thrift Store received a wonderful donation of 2 pickup loads of fabric collected through the years by an avid seamstress. It is finally sorted and will be going out for sale starting on Friday the 16th. The fabric came pre-priced, so we will be selling it at 25 discount when merchandise is already on sale. Shop with us and help support the puppies and kitties. Thrift Store hours are Monday-Saturday from 10:30-6.
Willamette Humane Society Thrift Store
548 High St. NE
Spring is just around the corner….isn’t it?!?!
If you’re planning a construction project when the weather warms up, please consider talking with WHS sponsors about an estimate. Freres Lumber is a longtime supporter…as is Rich Duncan Construction.
WHS Sponsors support Willamette Humane Society with a monetary donation. In exchange, WHS is proud to announce these sponsorships through signs, Facebook posts, in this newsletter, and more. Please let our sponsors know when you shop with them. They will appreciate knowing their advertising/sponsorship dollars are effective.