Volunteer Weekly Newsletter

Alright volunteers!  Be patient we are in a holding pattern…Our dearest Kim Berg has left.  That leaves me here holding down the fort until a new Volunteer Manager is hired!  That means while I will try to answer all emails and address all concerns in a timely manner…I do ask for your patience!  At any rate, welcome to your newsletter!  Here is a brief overview of what we have going on here for the next little while and what you can do to help!

Capitol Subaru has invited us to a mile loop walk in September. Mutts for a Mile is Thursday, September 17th from 5 – 7 p.m. at Capitol Auto Group. We need five volunteers ASAP!!!! Four will be stationed around the mile loop. One will take/sell tickets for wine/beer. If you’re up for spending a cool (hopefully!) evening outside, please email Meredith.kuhl@whs4pets.org. We’ll meet at Capitol Subaru at 4:30/4:45. Refreshments will be served. If you can’t volunteer, bring your pooch for a short walk.

WHS has public dog training classes and public playgroups and you are invited!  We’re so thankful for your service to our dogs that we want you to save 25% off our regular class prices! Check out our new classes and register here:
https://whs4pets.org/services/behavior-training/dog-training-classes/
To get the discount, enter this code in the promo box at checkout: PawsUp!

Shy Dog training on Wednesday, 9/16, from 3:00-4:30

Bouncy Dog training on Friday, 9/18, from 1:00-2:30

Assessment on Sunday, 9/20, from 4:45-6:00

Assessment on Wednesday, 9/23, from 2:00-3:30

In conjunction with Kitten Kaboodle we bring dogs to show off at the mall! If you a trained walker and would be interested in giving us a hand email Katie katelin.decker@whs4pets.org or BJ at bj.martinez@garmin.com

Is there a science geek in our ranks who would be interested in putting together a mad scientist laboratory?
Call Meredith at503-585-5900 ext. 304 or email meredith.kuhl@whs4pets.org.

There are 1,000,000 ants for every human in the world

Bowser’s Boo Bash is our biggest event of the year. We could not pull it off without a hearty bunch of volunteers. Please consider volunteering time on Saturday, October 24th. We need help with:

Transport (8 a.m. – 9 a.m.) Move silent auction items to the Convention Center
Set-up at the Convention Center (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) Set up the silent auction items and bid sheets
Dog greeters (4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.) Pick up a dog from WHS, greet out guests, and return dogs to WHS
Check-in/Data Entry/check out (4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.) Computer stuff!
Silent Auction Crew (4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.) Watch the silent table bids, answer questions, and close the tables
Live auction recorder & runner (6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.) Run (or walk) winning live auction information to the computer people
Live auction spotter (6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.) Help the auctioneer spot people in the audience as they bid on the live auction items
Item Pick-up (7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.) Pass out the silent auction items to winners
Clean up Crew (9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.) Self explanatory
After Party Game Keepers (8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.) Man the games during the after party.

As you can see, we have many spots to fill.
Email meredith.kuhl@whs4pets.org if you’d like to pitch in and what job you’d like to do. We will provide breakfast goodies in the morning and a roasted vegetable dinner in the evening. Bentley’s Coffee is even donating a free beverage to all volunteers!

Ideally we’d like two people who can  help set up in the morning and return in the evening for pick up. It’s much easier to man pick-up when you’ve seen the items (during set-up).

Remember street team?? Well we need you all to be a part of it! There is a stack of posters and business cards in the volunteer room to advertise for Bowser’s Boo Bash. So come on in, grab a few, and drop them off at your favorite…ANYTHING! Dentist? Check. Strip mall shopping? Check. Wherever you can think of a business or a person who needs to hang our sign, or attend the party, we need you to help spread the word! Word of mouth is so important these days…

Friday September 25th we are hosting Yappy Hour here at the shelter from 5-7pm! Bring your dog and your friends, and your friend’s dogs.
Bring your refundable bottles and cans for DIG. We are so thrilled to get sound reducing materials for stray dogs but in order to do that we need some funds! DIG is going to help pay for that so bring your cans and bottles, ask your friends and neighbors as well. Bring them with you to Yappy Hour tomorrow!

Donations collected at Yappy Hour will contribute to the cost of these materials as well.

Yappy hour needs playgroup volunteers! If you are interested contact volunteer@whs4pets.org for more information and to get signed up!

Are you an arborist? Do you KNOW an arborist? We are in need of a professional trim around here and would love your help! We aren’t in a hurry but if you or someone you know can help, head on over to volunteer@whs4pets.org and drop us a line! You will probably need a bucket lift. 🙂

**This donation of your services is probably a GREAT tax break, we’re just putting that out there…

No More Worries!
What would happen to your pets at home if something happened while you were away for the day? Who would take care of your fur babies if you were in an accident or became incapacitated? We created an “ANIMALS AT HOME” emergency card to give peace of mind to people with pets. Carry it in a wallet right next to your drivers license to be found and used in case of emergency. We will even be glad to laminate it for you after you fill it out.

You can obtain a card at no charge, yes FREE at:
Nature’s Pet Market-located in the Sunny Slope Shopping Center

Sunny Pays Grooming 4555 Liberty Rd. S Salem OR 97302
503.362.4555

Chemeketa Professional Dog Trainer Classes start 9/28 and registration fees are on sale!  Click here for more information or talk to Catherine, our Behavior Program Manager, who is also the instructor of these great, dog-nerdy classes!
https://www.chemeketa.edu/classforfun/documents/FallSchedule2015.pdf

Join Catherine at 2pm on Saturday Sept 19th in the Ed Hall for an overview of these classes and practicum to see if they might be for you! There is a great discount on the tuition this fall and new payment plans are also available. “Best class ever!”  – Nina F. Become a professional dog trainer or just up your game and learn practical techniques as well as the science behind the methods. Prepare for the CPDT-KA exam or just help more shelter dogs. You decide the goal – but if you are a dog nerd, you don’t want to miss this course. Come on the 19th and check it out or email Catherine for more information: catherine.steinke@whs4pets.org

Does your dog need fine tuning?
If your dog is a rock star at home but could use a little polish when you are out on the town, come join us for WHS’s Community Canine class!  It is six weeks of real world, fun practice of important skills like polite greetings, walking nicely on leash, impulse control, and much more that will make taking your dog places so much more enjoyable and relaxing.  Before you register online, ask Chelsea about your volunteer discount!  See you there!

It was 5 years ago that Terri Ellen took the plunge and opened Nature’s Pet Market, Salem’s only health food store for pets an Sunny Paws Grooming. While friends, family and coaches were cautious, ok, highly skeptical, this wacky woman did it anyway and right in the middle of a recession. It was time to follow her passion and she says she had no choice, she was compelled to do it.  With the help of many people, employees, Salem businesses, coaches and Salem’s pet loving community Nature’s Pet Market is celebrating 5 successful years with the hope of many more to come.

As you might know they love to get the community together for good causes. We hope the community will show up by the thousands to enjoy our celebration for a good cause!

The 5th Anniversary celebration is on Saturday, September 19 from 11 am – 3 pm.

10% of all proceeds on the 19th will be divided between the Willamette Humane Society, Salem Friends of Felines and Marion County Dog Shelter to help them do the wonderful work they do in our community!

-KBZY Radio 1490 AM will broadcast Live

-Louie Hubbard will provide Live Music

-Mini photo sessions by Terri Jacobson Photography will be available. Prebook a session at https://terrijacobsonphoto.studio-booking.com/booking/TJP/

-at 11 am a Seminar featuring Billy Hoekman, NATIONAL SCIENCE Coordinator for Answers Pet Foods, Making Smart Pet Food Choices.Billy is extremely knowledgeable about pet foods and will talk about the science behind choosing the right foods for your cat or dog. He will also address how to use food as healthcare vs using traditional medicine. Cost is a suggested donation of $10. (going to Willamette Humane Society, Salem Friends of Felines and Marion County Dog Shelter)

-at 1 pm we will hold a 1st Annual SunnySlope Pet Parade with prizes. All pets welcome!

-at 2 pm Ute Luppertz, Pets Point of View will hold a Bless the Animals ceremony.

-Ute Luppertz, Pets Point of View will hold private Pet CommunicationSessions. Find out what your pet is thinking or trying to tell you. Are you listening?

-We will have a Kissing Booth  $1 per kiss (going to Willamette Humane Society, Salem Friends of Felines and Marion County Dog Shelter)
-Face Painting for the kids, oh adults too!!
-$5 Nail Trims
-Adoptable pets will be available

-Ask the Vet with Dr. Sarah Andersen
-Ask the Trainer with Lola Carey, Lucky Leash
-Free Gifts and Samples
-Sidewalk Sale – with up to 75% OFF

-Auction Table – Bid on great stuff for people and pets! All proceeds going to Willamette Humane Society, Salem Friends of Felines and Marion County Dog Shelter

-All purchases of $50 or more will be entered into a drawing for a years supply of NutriSource Cat or Dog Food

-All happening on September 19, Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm At Nature’s Pet Market in the SunnySlope Shopping Center,
4555 Liberty Rd S

Playgroup is when the dogs can be dogs. They run off leash, sniff and poop and pee where they want to, establish social connections with other dogs and where we can evaluate them for sociability with other dogs. Playgroup is critical for our dog’s mental and physical well-being. Runners, Scribes and a playgroup lead (Wednesday) are needed for 8-10am shifts weekdays. Training provided. Not sure? Drop in and observe!  Playgroups happen 8-10 am every weekday.

Do you want to practice your handling & training skills and help shelter dogs at the same time?!  Great!  Join Chelsea for “Henry’s Head Start,” an hour long, drop in class, where you’ll help teach our dogs some foundations for success in their new homes!  All tag and skill levels welcome.  Meet in the Canine Classroom, on Wednesdays, at Noon!

Please don’t move the Kennel front Markers! They are going scarce and hard for us to replace! Please leave them on the kennel front where you found them!

Don’t forget the counter is no place for dirty stools and garbage can lids! Every time they’re plopped on a clean counter, it has to be re-sanitized! What a waste of valuable time!

Playgroup Volunteers:
First of all, thank you for all you do. If any of you had the hands on training with Aimee Sadler you KNOW how beneficial this is for our animals. Please remember that fire. Remember the mission! There are frustrations, hurdles, and difficulties. Sometimes even hurt feelings. We must remember the mission and remember the dogs. This program can be life changing for all of us if we let it. If you are having concerns or you think there is anything we can do to make playgroup more successful please do not hesitate to let the volunteer manager know. And for all of you volunteers who are not yet playgroup helpers, ask a dog team captain about it today! We would be happy to utilize you 🙂

Dog Walking Volunteers:
PLEASE send emails to both the volunteer manager and your team captain if you are changing shifts or quitting.  There are sheets with the dog team captain’s contact info in the volunteer room, and they are yours to take!

The Kuranda beds are to be left in the kennels not added to the laundry. They get cleaned at the same time you clean the inside of the kennels!

Don’t forget to put your WHS pet picture up in the big 50! Its so close to being full!

Newly Processed Dogs:
We are aware there is not as smooth a system as there could be around this procedure. Walkers and Kennel Buddies please do not visit new dogs. READ what your team captains send you each week. We are working to make sure that the signs for the new dogs are more helpful and clear, but in the meantime keep an eye out for others on your team. Never be afraid to be kind and helpful!

Volunteer Manager-
Full Time
Intake Specialist-
Full Time
Animal Welfare Specialist–Part Time/ On Call
Animal Welfare Technician–Full Time
Intake Specialist
-On Call
Please ensure you read the application instructions and follow them carefully.

Employment

Last week’s Kitten Kaboodle was the Cat’s Meow! Yes it was!!!

Wednesday with Katie Decker and Vickie Clark at the helm as Leads and Nancy Graf helping handle the daily operations of kitten socializing and operation of the store, they adopted out 4 of the 5 kittens being showcased. A big WOW!!!

Saturday our Leads Peggy Stroope, Vickie Clark, and Betty Emerson were hopping left and right doing adoptions. How many you ask–15 to be exact!!! Yowza that’s a lot of adoptions. (LOL) Sierra Ward, Rebecca Wilson, Rachel Pilliod, and Dell McCann were busy keeping the store running in smooth order. Rebecca even jumped in to help with adoptions. I heard there was another guy there—so sorry I don’t know who it was. THANK YOU!!

Yessss, Saturday started out with a couple snags but ended with a bang. Nice job everybody!!!

Sunday also brought more terrific adoptions with Katie Decker as the Lead and Sierra Ward, Rebecca Wilson, and Janine Catalino assisting in every possible way, even with adoptions. There were lots of inquiries about kitten adoptions details, counseling for prospective new families, and also introduction to current pets and readying the home for new kittens. That’s always important to make sure they are truly ready for a new kitten. Then they adopted out homes to 4 adorable kittens.

Here’s the breakdown for adoptions at Kitten Kaboodle:
Wednesday: Tater, Peppermint, Dracula, and Cheshire.

Saturday: Daisy, Phillip, Nancy, Anabel, Gatsby, Lillith, Belle, Toe, Julius, Merida, and Scout. The BOGOs were: Basil & Oregano (to same home) and Sparky & Asher (to same home).

Sunday: Sir Geoffrey, Legit, Turner, and Aurora.

Total kittens that found new homes this week is 23.

Just makes you feel warm all over doesn’t it! Take a deep breath and give yourself a big pat on the back. You were amazing this week–all of you!~BJ Martinez, KK Coordinator

Special note to Kitten Kaboodle Coordinator BJ Martinez:

BJ has really gone above and beyond by stepping in and taking a leadership role at Kitten and Kaboodle!  She is organized, kind, helpful, a great communicator, and supportive of all the volunteers and yesterday she took the time to walk Isabelle through how to ring up something at the cash register. It would have been so much easier for her to simply take care of the transaction herself.  She is a natural teacher and a great role model.  She has excellent customer service and management skills and she intuitively understands cats and kittens.  I have learned a tremendous amount about cats working with her and I hope she receives some recognition for all she does!

Thanks!

Kristen

Anna Schumacher

Volunteer Manager at Willamette Humane Society
Anna served as Volunteer Manager at Willamette Humane Society from September 2015 - July 2016.
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