Volunteer Weekly Newsletter

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comics-off-the-leash-dog-thoughts-616157[toggle title=”Do Volunteers Read the Newsletter for Candy?”]We think it is an experiment worth trying! This publication holds a lot of useful and necessary information! In the volunteer department so much is always changing, so it is hard to remember and keep all the information up to date! We can send out mass emails but these last few weeks having done that several times, you can see…it gets to be a LOT going into your inbox! We would love to be able to keep it all centralized to this newsletter…but we cannot rely on that information getting read unless we know you all read it! We know sometimes there is repeated information, but it is still worth scanning for the new stuff. So this week, if you read it all the way through, come talk to me about your favorite part during my office hours, and receive a glass of fizzy beverage, and a treat! If you are a weekend or off site, send me an email about your favorite part, and I will drop a special treat for you in the volunteer room/offsite location on your assigned day! Let’s try and keep it fun and informed up in here! :)-Anna, Volunteer Coordinator
[/toggle][toggle title=”Volunteer Discount!”]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:
To get the discount, enter this code in the promo box at checkout: PawsUp!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Special Points of Interest”]Science Geek Needed
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
Dog Walkers at Kitten Kaboodle
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
[/toggle][toggle title=”Bowser’s Boo Bash Update!”]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).
[/toggle][toggle title=”Paper the Town!”]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…
[/toggle][toggle title=”Yappy Hour NEEDS Volunteers”]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!
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There are a growing number of employers who will donate when an employee volunteers!
So far, we know Wal-Mart, Verizon, Macy’s, Kaiser Permanente, CenturyLink/Qwest, Chevron, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Office Depot, and Wells Fargo will donate at least $250 just because you volunteer with us! What a HUGE impact you could make on top of your huge donation of time!
This is just the tip of the iceberg!
We’d like to encourage you to find out if your employer participates.
If you know anyone who works for one of these companies, get them to volunteer!
Here’s a link you can click to check:
If you find your employer in the list it will tell you if they match gifts and give for volunteer hours.
Below is an example of what you’ll see if you click the link above and scroll to the middle of the page. Check it out and let us know if you need help getting signed up!Donation match
[/toggle][toggle title=”Fact of the Week”]A cat brain is biologically more similar to a human brain than it is to a dog brain. Both humans and cats have identical regions in their brains that are responsible for emotions.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Fact of the Week”]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!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Help Our Trees!”]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…
[/toggle][toggle title=”Behavior Nook”]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!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Nature’s Pet Emergency Cards”]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
[/toggle][toggle title=”Pet Behavior Video”]Click here to watch a touching video about teaching
children to respect their pets
communication style!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Playgroups, what are they?”]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.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Henry’s Head Start”]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!
[/toggle][toggle title=”SEEKING CAT VISITATION ROOM DECOR”]You may have noticed new paint and cabinets in the two cat visitation rooms. Volunteers are working to improve the visitation experience for cats and humans by making the rooms more attractive. They are looking for cat-themed art or items to hang on the walls. They also need two tall, slender cat scratching posts.
The same group is working to convert the Puppy Room kennels into modified cat suites. They need small cat scratching posts or small play structures similar to those in the lobby-side cat suites.
If you can donate any gently used items, just leave them in the Volunteer Room. If you have questions or suggestions for sources of these items, contact Monte Turner at 503-364-1542.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Needed:”]Beer and wine. The wine and beer pull at Bowser’s Boo Bash needs a few good drinks. Each year bottles of wine and 22 ounce bottles of beer are sold at Bowser’s. Can you donate to the cause? We ask that wine has a minimum value of $20 and beer has a minimum value of $8. Please bring beverages to Meredith Kuhl in admin.
Thank you!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Kudos!”]Brendan-Thanks for being such a great dog walker
Suzie-Thanks for talking to potential adopters so enthusiastically!-Maryann CSR
Terry– Thank you for being so helpful and caring to the animals!-Erica
The Jory Family-Thank you for working so hard and cleaning all of our cat adoption areas every week. You guys are amazing!-Kaylee AWT
Thank you for working so hard to get all the cat rooms done every week!-Erica
Ashley-Thanks for being such a great dog walker
Geri– Thanks for making sure all of our animals that are available from strays have cards in the hallway
Bianca– Thank you for helping me harness Wowie, even though your shift was over. I really appreciate the help!-Ray
Ana– Thanks for doing a great job providing accurate &
thorough information about our available kittens!
Marianna Fox-Thank you for caring so much and being so passionate about the mission and being so loving toward the animals and staff!———Erica
-Thank you for bathing all of our kitties & doggies that need it——————Kaylee AWT
[/toggle][toggle title=”Notes to Volunteers”]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!
Have you accidentally taken some kennel keys home? Please bring them to Anna in the Volunteer Manager office!
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!
Newly Processed Dogs:
We are aware there is not a smooth system 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!
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!
Remember: The only Tags allowed in strays are Yellow, Red, and Blue! No green or Purple Tags in strays! Not even to say hi or to Open Paw from the front of the kennel. We need to provide uniformity, especially for newly trained volunteers, so make sure you are where you are supposed to be to set a good example!
DO NOT put aprons back up if they don’t seem dirty.  They could be cat volunteer’s used aprons. They have very strict procedures about what to do with them before during and after visiting ISO cats!
Hey Cat Adoption Ambassadors! I just wanted to remind everyone that cats serving stray time can be placed on hold by potential adopters. You are still able to show the cats to interested customers and they do still have to pay the $10 hold fee with a staff member/trained volunteer but they are able to have holds placed on them. We’ve had a little bit of confusion lately with new staff so I wanted to let all of you know straight from me. Please just remember to let the customer know that if the cat’s owner comes in, the owner gets priority and the customer with the hold will receive a call letting them know that the owner came in and reclaimed the cat.  —Thank you all for everything you do! —Samantha (Adoptions Supervisor)