So excited to have a break from the heat. Today was a perfect day at the dog park and i couldn’t wait to come in to share all this excellent news with you and enjoy a little air conditioning. This edition is full of great events and promotions and some excellent outreach options. Please make sure to pay close attention to the reminders and always look for your names in the shout outs! You can also submit shout outs for fellow volunteers. I love when I get those.
Thanks a bunch,
If you donate bottles and cans please make sure that they are ones that actually have a bottle deposit listed on the package. Make sure that the package is intact as the barcodes are what get scanned for redeeming the refunds. Please make sure that you have removed the lids from the bottles first as those cannot be on the bottle when they go into the machine.
The clinic is in need of towels and fleece or fleece blankets for all the feral cats that come through. If you have some please bring them into the clinic directly. Check with your friends, family, and neighbors to see if they have any they would like to clean out of their closets. They also can use those bottle lids that you are taking off of the bottle donations as listed above.
Do you have a vacation home? Are you willing to donate a week’s stay to WHS? Vacation lodging is incredibly popular at Bowser’s Boo Bash, whether it’s in Bend, Hawaii, or at the coast. Please call Meredith if you can donate.Meredith.firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-585-5900 ext. 304. Limitations (length and time of stay, for example) can be placed on the donation.
DOC IS GIVING BACK!
Remember Doc the Border collie who went to live at the OSCI prison? Well, his handlers have been so thrilled with him that they want to say thanks. They are scheduling a fund raiser event for Willamette Humane!
On August 31 2015
We need 8-10 shelter dogs and volunteer handlers to visit in a group to the visitation area of the prison where the inmates are planning a festival which will include games and their own families who will be there to meet the dogs and fund the activities. Details are coming soon, but if you are willing to be a dog-handling volunteer (green, yellow, red and blue are invited), please sign up with Kim.
Volunteers will be screened with a background check and must provide name, birthday, driver’s license and license expiration date. When we visit, there will be details about what we can bring in, what to wear and so forth – but don’t worry about that now – just let us know you are coming so we can get you cleared to attend.
This is going to be a fun and heartwarming event. Join us!
Thank you so much Jolene Foster for taking the initiative to get a new freezer donated for our kongs for our dogs. This was such a sweet gesture! The staff and volunteers appreciate the nice new freezer and I know the dogs will when they realize how many more kongs will fit in there. What a great example of one of our values “initiative and Innovation”
– Kimmi and Julie Young
Russ Dimberg Thank you so much for hitting the ground running. I love your enthusiasm and eagerness to help and to be involved. This passion and dedication is contagious and ever so wonderful to be around! Keep smiling and sharing.
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Dog Days of summer
Check out dog friendly events at Salem center mall on Wednesday nights. Here is the events page to see what’s coming as they post it! http://www.salemcenter.com/events/ Fashion hounds will be first on Wednesday the 5th of August. You can check out the Kitten Kaboodle Store while you are there and toss in a little bit to rent a kitten cuddle to support WHS! We will be there will you?
Pick Your Price!
August will have a “Pick Your Price” adoption special for adult cats! If you or someone you know has been looking for just the right friend now you can get one at just the right price! Help us reach our goal of 50 extra cat adoptions for the month of August. Share with your friends and family!
Friday Aug 28th we are hosting Yappy Hour here at the shelter from 5-7pm! Bring your dog and your friends, and your friend’s dogs. Have a beer, eat some food, and let the dogs run around making new friends. Hey you could even make a new friend. I will be there and I would love to see you there too! If you would like to volunteer to help with set up of this event please let me know!
Pints for Paws
August 31st from 4-9 pm at Santiam Brewing. Black Sheep catering next door has some amazing nachos and you should all come out and eat nachos with me, have a beer with BJ and play with some kittens! We would love to have you. It’s always a great event. If you haven’t signed up to be a Golden Hearts member that would be a great time as well, you can get a free pints for paws pint glass with a ticket for a free fill of Santiam’s finest brew!
August Outreach Events!
We have a lot of outreach events planned for August if you haven’t signed up to go hang out with some awesome volunteers, talk about how great WHS is, and potentially show off a furry friend looking for a home then now is the time! Please contact Katie at email@example.com
Bowser’s Boo Bash
I heard today that Bowser’s Boo Bash is only 12 weeks away. That may sound like a lot. I don’t know about you, but my weeks fly by with as much fun as I am having here. It’s going to be party time before we know it. One step at a time Kimmi! Right now we are focusing on donations for auction items. I know that I will have great handmade ornaments!
Blessing of the Animals, August 16th 10:30 am
The Multigenerational Service – Blessing of the Animals will be held August 16th at 10:30 am at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 5090 Center St. NE Salem OR. 97317. This is open to the public and you may bring your pets or pictures of your pets for the altar. Animal organizations will have tables set up to share about what they do to support animals in our community. It will be a very special service.
Cat Suite 3 Door
Make sure not leave the suite three door open when it is over 85 degrees outside the cats do not do well with that level of heat and the hotter it is the harder it is to keep the inside cool for them with that door open.
The volunteer central board is a resource for you to report your absences as well as request a sub for your shift.
When you have to miss a shift the kitties and customers do not get the level of care they deserve but we know that sometimes you have to take a day off. Asking for a sub and checking to see if you can sub in will help to fill in the gaps in coverage.
You can also use this board to post pictures of your favorite cats and to share information about the cats and what they need!
Two new postings this week!
Check the log book and website for current openings at WHS: https://whs4pets.org/get-involved/employment/
Things just got really awesome! Russ just opened up another series of trainings for red tag! There are so many classes right now that I urge all of you dog walkers (even brand new walkers) to take advantage of these classes. They are free to you and they will teach you some excellent dog handling skills. You can never learn these skills too early and have too much time to practice them. You can even take the classes more than once if you feel you need or want to. Then once you hit your 50 hours you will be a pro and the assessment will even easier than it already is! There are sign-up sheets in the volunteer room for all of these classes! The classes are as follows:
Friday July31st 4-6pm Lesson 1: Shy dogs
Thursday August 6th 4-6pm Lesson 2: Bouncy dogs
Saturday August 15th 2-4pm ASSESSMENT
Friday August 21st 4-6pm Lesson 1: Shy dogs
Thursday August 27th 4-6pm Lesson 2: Bouncy dogs
Tuesday August 4th 6-7pm Lesson 2: Bouncy dogs
Tuesday August 11th 6-7pm Lesson 1: Shy dogs
Tuesday August 18th 6-7pm Lesson 2: Bouncy dogs
Tuesday August 25th 6-7pm Lesson 1: Shy dogs
Watch Red Tag Videos first!
There is a Red Tag list among others. Please take a minute to check it out. More will be added as time goes on!
While Jessi is away on family leave, Chelsea Rock is Behavior Training Coordinator. You’ll recognize Chelsea from her time in Intake and as a volunteer. Chelsea has a strong dog training background with experience working with difficult and fearful dogs. She is a fantastic group class instructor and a delightful and friendly person. Congratulate her on her new position and sign up for one of her classes! (Remember to use your discount!)
Help Us Grow!
Stop by the Behavior Department desk (center of Admin) or catch one of us on the fly – we want to reach out to our community – groomers – pet supply stores – veterinarians – dog parks. Please pick up some flyers and a PETtalk poster and help us get the word out about our programs and services.
Imagine if you could donate $142,000 to the Willamette Humane Society. Doesn’t seem possible, right? How about if you got together with your friends, co-workers and many people that you don’t even know. It may still seem unlikely, but that is exactly what happened this past fiscal year with our Thrift Store. Our profit was $142,636. Think of it. That is more than $10,000 per month.
THANK YOU to everyone one who helped….all the shoppers, donors and of course the wonderful volunteers. Also a big thank you to WHS staff who help us in a variety of ways. We couldn’t have done it without all of your support.
Now of course we want to increase this amount this new fiscal year. We are already off to a better July than last year. How can you help? Continue (or start) shopping with us. Tell your friends. Donate gently used items. Volunteer. We can use some more cashiers and people who have skills arranging merchandise.
Again…THANK YOU from the Thrift Store Staff
Have you seen the big 50 in the hall by the kitten room? If not go check it out. The goal is to fill in the 50 with pictures from happy tails. Pictures of pets adopted from WHS. If you have an adopted pet from here please bring in and put up a picture.
If you have a friend or a family member who adopted from us ask them to give you one to bring in as well. We will not be contacting anyone to come back in to get the pictures so make sure it is a copy you do not necessarily need back. I am getting a few pictures of Vinny together to decide which one will be the best one!
We are implementing playdates! Dogs here have best friends and we want to give them a chance to play together daily if possible. If you have playgroup training you are approved to take out dogs in pairs. There needs to be two people in the yard one of them has to have playgroup training. You can take out the approved pairs. Right now the approved pairs are:
Opie and Sailor
Cagney and Cooper
Please get video if possible and send to Kimmi!!!
The OSU Human-Animal Interaction Lab is currently looking for volunteers to participate in a behavioral research study with their dog(s)!
In this study, we are looking at the effects of nasally-administered oxytocin (a naturally occurring hormone that is involved in bonding in social relationships) on attachment behavior in dogs with and without separation anxiety. Dogs will receive a small dose of either oxytocin or saline nasally, and after a 30 minute waiting period, they will participate in a short attachment test with their owners in order to determine how much time dogs spend in proximity to their owners before and after a short 2 minute separation period.
Currently, we are looking for volunteer animals that are at least 1 year of age, in good health, current on vaccinations and do not have separation anxiety or a history of separation anxiety (i.e. severe distress in the absence of the owner-destruction/chewing of walls/doors/other objects in the home, howling or barking that persists for long periods of time during the owner’s absence or attempting to escape the home when the owner is absent).
We are asking for each dog to visit the lab twice (they will receive oxytocin on one visit and saline on the other) with dates of participation spaced at least 5 days apart.
We will also be looking for genetic correlates of attachment behavior-which means we will also ask to collect saliva from each dog at the time of testing.
If you are interested in participating, please fill out the form at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18TeMPHNm9ZD2ztl83ZppuFp8Lr1o12QV4syOM0sig-o/viewform
Or email Lauren Thielke, the lead researcher on this project at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your dog currently has separation anxiety or has a history of separation anxiety, and you would like to be notified when we begin recruiting, please fill out the form at the link above. We will compare results of dogs with and without separation anxiety to see if oxytocin can be used to help improve behavioral therapies for separation anxiety.
Thank you! If you have questions, please email me at email@example.com.
We want to know your opinions! Our new Pet Tech First Aid and CPR instructor, Serena Reagan, has pulled together a survey to gain information about your desires for first aid and CPR classes… please take just a few minutes to let us know!
Tell your friends! Thanks to Tom Steinhoff of Puppy Playhouse in Sherwood, Playgroups live!
Monday nights 5:30-7 Evaluations at 5:30 for first timers.
Regularly, Evils are $25 and a 6-week pass is $99. Staff gets 50% off with the code: 2Barks4U!
We’re so excited to have all volunteers and want to give you a benefit! Please register this month for any dog training group class and enter PawsUp! At the online checkout page for a 25% discount on all classes.
Canine Rx volunteers, Open Paw Instructors and Behavior Team volunteers … we love you and want to show our gratitude! You are welcome to enjoy any group dog training class for 50% off our regular prices in the month of August. Please firstname.lastname@example.org to get the discount code which can be applied at the online checkout.
Do not give dogs raw or baked bones unless they are on bite quarantine or unless a staff gives you permission. We had an incident where a dog with severe resource guarding was given a raw bone. This meant that no one could safely enter his kennel. This means that he was not able to get his walks; this made his med check unsafe for staff. This added a level of stress for him for the entire time that he felt the needs to guard this bone. As he doesn’t have the best environment to have a safe place to enjoy this treat he just felt ongoing anxiety for the time he had it.
We know that you all would really like to spoil our dogs and though they deserve that extra bit of TLC from volunteers and staff alike there are better ways to spoil them. Canine RX training, respite, time out in a run, extra kennel buddy time and small treats that they eat quickly are just a few options. Take up training for playgroup or for other options to get involved in their care. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!