Volunteer Weekly Newsletter

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Kimmi’s Fact of the Week:

Collectively, kittens yawn about 200 million times per hour.

yawning kitten
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If you are uploading new pictures of pets into petpoint be aware of the current picture and note if it has a border that says “sponsored” on it.  If we upload a picture and remove that border  the person who paid for the sponsorship will not understand what has happened and may not want to sponsor with us in the future . Those sponsorships help us pay for the animals stay.   If  you have a better picture to use please send it to sara.masser@whs4pets.org and she will add the border and upload it for you in this case.  Thanks guys.
Please remember that if an animal’s kennel has a sign on it that says “STAFF ONLY” that it is only for staff to handle.  This includes anything that says “BITE QUARANTINE”. This also means staff is to do the cleaning on those kennels.    It may not always be apparent why these animals are a staff only but we always have a good reason.   We are trying to protect everyone from unpredictable animals or animals with certain medical conditions.   If you are unsure about it please see a staff member.
Just another reminder not to talk about animals that are in back of the house as these animals are not available for adoption for a reason.   It is not fair to the customers to get their hopes up about an animal when we don’t have all the facts about why that animal is not up for adoption at this time.   If a customer persists about  an animal they saw or heard about  that is not available please direct them to any staff member.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Dog Gone Wine Contest”]Attention all dog owners! Honeywood Winery, Oregon’s oldest winery, is searching for a canine to appear on an addition to its exclusive Dog Gone Wine collection.
To enter, owners simply need to submit a digital photo of their dog and a short essay (no more than 100 words) describing why their pet should be the next face on a new Dog Gone Wine label. Submissions must be sent via email to contest@doggonewine.com by 6 p.m. PST on February 28, 2015.
Visit Honeywood Winery’s website for more information and contest rules. Dog owners must be at least 21 years of age to win.
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Melissa, Ben, Kamryn, and Jonathan!
Thank you to Melissa Nash, Ben & Kamryn Davidson, and Jonathan Comden! You guys took a day that was extremely overwhelming, bogged down, and just plain hard for me and you turned it around. Not only did you help me wade through piles of data entry and copies but you also made me happy and warmed my heart.  I cannot thank you enough for helping me enter my weekend with a smile and some peace of mind!
Yellow and Red tag dog walkers…
That’s right all of you… every single one of you!!  Thank you for doing such a great job getting the dogs out into the iso turn outs.  Your round robin game of dog walking is really utilizing the time and our space to its full potential for the dog’s sake and I have to say I am impressed with how you are banding together and working as a team.  Keep it up!!
Dell a cat volunteer:
Last week, I had stitches in my hand and was unable to restrain a cat with both hands, Dell offered her help to hold the cat as I medicate the cat! Thank you for your help! I’m so glad that you were willing to learn on how to restrain proper and eager to help! Also thank you for helping kitten room and other cat rooms! Your help is very appreciated!
Jen Petsky:
Thank you for doing extra cat room, your help is very much appreciated!
Barb, our Tuesday cat volunteer:
Thank you for checking with us and taking care of other cats when we have only a couple in Cat ISO, your generous care and help are very appreciated!
Thank you for your amazing Volunteers!
Tayanita AWT Team
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Did you know that dogs laugh? I am sure you have all heard this sound before if you have a playful pooch.  It’s one of my favorite sounds ever!  Check it out for yourself.
Once again Davenport’s Den is able to offer you an extra tube of Advantage II flea control for cats and dogs.  When you buy a 4-pack for $52.99 you will receive one extra tube.  This makes our Advantage II the best deal in town!   Remember as a volunteer you get 20% off!
Also—volunteers—if you are working morning shift before the store is open and would like to make a purchase (with a debit/credit card), there are often staff members in the Admin office who would be glad to open up the store and ring the sale up for you.
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Adoptions Specialist – On Call

  • The adoptions specialist provides information about Willamette Humane Society adoption policy and animals our customers are interested in adopting.

Volunteer Program Intern (Unpaid)

  • The Volunteer Program Intern works with the volunteer manager in learning opportunities for volunteer scheduling and database management. In this role, you’ll learn office procedures, how to interview and match skills and talents, and how a specialized database organizes the schedules and service of a thousand volunteers.

Playgroup Runners

  • I am looking for more playgroup runners still! We would love help from Red/Blue tag walkers but we will happily take help from any trained dog walker!  If you can pick up even an extra hour a week to help us get the dogs out please send me an e mail and let me know!

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New opportunities abound within the newly organized Behavior Program Department at WHS! We’re excited to introduce you to Catherine Comden https://whs4pets.org/services/behavior-training/our-trainers/ our new Behavior Program Manager. She’s going to have a regular corner of our newsletter to inform you about upcoming opportunities and adventures. This week, we’d like to highlight NEW CLASSEShttps://whs4pets.org/services/behavior-training/dog-training-classes/ for class descriptions. Register your own dog and have fun while supporting the shelter! Tell a friend!  Also, starting February 7th, we’ll have a new Saturday playgroup for shelter and public dogs from 2-4pm. We need runners and a scribe. If you’ve never done playgroup before, no worries – we’ll train you! Don’t miss out on this fun session where you’ll learn a ton about canine body language and give the dogs a much needed break from the stress of the kennels. (Open Paw level 1,2, and 3, also known as dog walk/handling classes,  are  a pre-requisite for any playgroup shift)
[/toggle][toggle title=”Wooftrax”]Wooftrax App:
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’s a lot of walking you are 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/.[/toggle][toggle title=”Take a Peek”]Chemeketa Classes at WHS
We’re not just for dog training professionals. If you’ve got a passion for dogs, check out the Chemeketa Professional Dog Trainer classes hosted right here at WHS on Fridays this Spring! Course options and start dates are: Every Dog a Genius (Apr 3), Canine Body Language and Aggression (May 1), Canine Breeds, Behavior and Health (May 15) and Canine Behavior Coaching (May 29). There is a discount and free textbooks if you register for the whole course, but students interested in just one class are very welcome and we promise you’ll learn a ton and make new friends along the way!
Students loved the learning and sharing which occurred in the Chemeketa classes. One student said the best part of the course was “Being able to learn from, and share with, not only the instructor, but the other students as well. I love that she set up a Facebook group and Flickr page to keep us all connected between classes.” Join us and see what you’ve been missing! Contact Catherine@SensibleK9.com with questions.
Do you have photos you are dying to get into the newsletter? Have a great story about one of our dogs or cats?? Do you have some great information or resources you would like to share? Do you want to give someone a shout out? Well if so I would like to hear from you. Please send an email to volunteer@whs4pets.org.