Volunteer Weekly Newsletter

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I apologize for the lateness loyal readers!  Trying to get a good format going, I know its looked a little CRAZY in your inboxes lately.  Hopefully we’ve cleaned it up a bit!  This week we have a lot of need for volunteers in “extracurricular” settings so be sure to find a place for yourself to join us below!
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[toggle title=”Let’s Sell Out Bowser’s Boo Bash!“]We still have time to put up posters for Bowser’s Boo Bash! Please grab a few from the volunteer room and post them around town. We will specifically be placing a checklist of businesses we need posters in, at the volunteer log-in desk. Please check the list and cross off any businesses you are able to hit! They may already have a poster, but we need that checked as well.
Dog and cat places (vets, pet stores, etc.) are great, but lots of other place work too…your gym, boutiques, coffee shops, etc. Let’s get the word out. We’re hoping to have a sell out year!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Training Video”]Click here to see a helpful video to teach any dog drop it” or “let go” in minutes!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Fun Fact”]Owning a cat at home reduces the risk of heart attack by 40% and stroke by 30%[/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 at https://whs4pets.org/services/behavior-training/dog-training-classes/
To get the discount, enter this code in the promo box at checkout: PawsUp!
[/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=”Save the Date”]We turn 50 this year and we’re throwing a PARTY!  Empty your calendars for
November 7th and spend the day with us!  Its going to be a BLAST! Stay tuned!
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Nature's Pet
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
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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=”Does Your Employer Donate?”]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:
https://whs4pets.org/donate/
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=”Help Wanted”]Science Geek Needed
Is there a science geek in our ranks who would be interested in putting together a mad scientist laboratory?
Call Meredith at 503-585-5900 ext. 304 or email meredith.kuhl@whs4pets.org
Could you commit to Outreach events ONCE a month? We’re looking for some people friendly volunteers who are wanted to help regularly! Please email Katie Katelin.decker@whs4pets.org if you are interested!
Would you be willing to talk about our Trap-Neuter-Release program in the 97301 area? We need volunteers for an afternoon where we are going to go door-to-door to speak with people about our grant program. We will be explaining information about feral cats, our free trapping program and giving free personal cat vouchers as well. Email volunteer@whs4pets.org to help!
We could also use some more volunteer trappers! Contact us!
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…
SEEKING ROOM DECOR
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.
The wine and beer pull at Bowser’s Boo Bash needs a few drinks. Each year bottles of wine and 22 ounce bottles of beer are sold at Bowser’s. Can you donate? We ask that wine has a min. value of $20 and beer has a min. value of $8. Please bring beverages to Meredith Kuhl in admin.
Employment Opportunities
Please ensure you read the application instructions and follow them carefully.
https://whs4pets.org/get-involved/employment/
[/toggle][toggle title=”Kudos”]To all the PM Cat Volunteers-Thank you for closing the cat rooms like champs and making our lives so much easier! You ladies ROCK!
Krystal-Thanks for giving Helia a break from the chaos!
Tom Halsey-Thanks for your time in our Friday meetings and your giant heart 🙂
Marianne Thanks for Helping on transfer dog day!
Cat Team: Thanks for making this “kitten season” easy on us!
Thursday AM walkers! Thank you all for everything! And big thanks to Barb for taking me under your wing and teaching me so much. I’ll miss you all and hope to be back! -much love– Julia Staffon
Kirsten Klay and Alexander Knorr– Thank you for helping at Kitten Kaboodle Last Wednesday at the last minute! BJ
[/toggle][toggle title=”Kudos”]To all the PM Cat Volunteers-Thank you for closing the cat rooms like champs and making our lives so much easier! You ladies ROCK!
Krystal-Thanks for giving Helia a break from the chaos!
Tom Halsey-Thanks for your time in our Friday meetings and your giant heart 🙂
Marianne Thanks for Helping on transfer dog day!
Cat Team: Thanks for making this “kitten season” easy on us!
Thursday AM walkers! Thank you all for everything! And big thanks to Barb for taking me under your wing and teaching me so much. I’ll miss you all and hope to be back! -much love– Julia Staffon
Kirsten Klay and Alexander Knorr– Thank you for helping at Kitten Kaboodle Last Wednesday at the last minute! BJ
[/toggle][toggle title=”Dog Notes”]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!
Please close the gate behind you when you walk on the trail. The gates will be latchless so you’ll need to just be aware of that as we work on the closing system. If this is confusing as you get out there and try it out let us know so we can alert our maintenance men!
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!
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!
My last note did not come across clearly. Dog walker protocols are to rehang any aprons that are unsoiled. They must get reused as much as possible to minimize laundry. That means be responsible for your apron. That does NOT mean remove seemingly clean aprons from the basket and rehang them. Cat volunteers share that basket and we do not know if they are ISO cat aprons, or unsoiled dog aprons. Please be responsible for you 🙂
Please exercise caution around the bite quarantine dogs! Keep yourself a safe distance from the kennel-this includes hand feeding through the kennel door. We have had some close calls!
If notes or posted signs/ads etc. need to be added, altered, or removed please clear them with the Volunteer Manager or Coordinator before changing things in the Volunteer room or Volunteer desk. These places are visible to the public and we are working on creating a clean and friendly environment. Notes on the cork boards may proceed as normal.
Have you accidentally taken some kennel keys home?  Please bring them to Anna in the Volunteer Manager office!
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If you need to post anything written or printed in the Volunteer Room PLEASE clear it with the Volunteer Manager first. Foods are fine 🙂
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)
CAT ISOLATION MUST BE THE LAST AREA YOU VISIT! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VISIT WITH CATS IN ADOPTION AREAS, YOU MAY, BUT DO IT BEFORE YOU INTERACT WITH ANY ISOLATION CATS. Put on a smock, found hanging in the exam area. This will help prevent germs and bacteria from attaching themselves to your shirt or blouse and being spread to any other animals, including your pets at home, that you come in contact with! Pick up a CLEAN laundry basket from the laundry room, and grab some clean folded large towels and some rags to take with you. If you would like to spend some time visiting with the cats once you are finished cleaning, please change into a clean smock, sanitize your hands, and enjoy their furriness, remembering to sanitize your hands between each cat you visit with! Remember that once you leave the Cat Isolation area, you MUST NOT interact with any other cats in the shelter!
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!
Hey all! Just a friendly reminder about appropriate disease prevention! Sometimes we house cats in ISO with severe respiratory illnesses, that are a bit more advanced than the typical URI. to prevent the spread of illness it is IMPERATIVE we are following appropriate sanitation protocol. When you’re in ISO and you’re socializing with cats, you’ll need to wear gloves and change them between each cat. additionally, if you are snuggling up with one against your smock, you must change the smock before interacting with another cat. Everything we wear is considered a “fomite” which is a fancy word for Germ Spreader. We need diligence with this in order to prevent disease spreading. wash your hands often and wash them well! we certainly don’t want you carrying anything home to your own pets! thanks again!
Have you accidentally taken some kennel keys home?  Please bring them to Anna in the Volunteer Manager office![/toggle]