Volunteer Weekly Newsletter

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[toggle title=”Salem Center Holiday Tree Contest”]We won Salem Center
Mall’s Holiday Tree Contest
last year and we want to
do it again! PLEASE send
GIVE4 to 444222 to vote
for our tree!  The system
will accept one vote per
cell number per day
between November 21st
(last Saturday) and
December 15th.
Remember – Standard
messaging rates apply.
You can set up an alert through the WHS website to remind you to text daily, and you can also teach most smart phones to auto text once a day!! Get the word out to earn our shelter $2000!
[toggle title=”Volunteer of the Quarter Nominations!”]We need nominations for Volunteer of the Quarter! If you know someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty here we need to hear about it! Send us a brief paragraph about your nominee, we’re choosing a candidate this week!!Email volunteer@whs4pets.org to submit your vote today!
[toggle title=”Fun Fact”]In tigers and tabbies, the middle of the tongue is covered in backward-pointing spines, used for breaking off and gripping
[toggle title=”Shop Davenport’s Den for the Holidays!”]Remember Davenport’s Den when you are doing holiday shopping for a loved one–either human or furry!  We have a broad array of cat and dog supplies as well as gifts for people such as tee shirts, mugs, photo frames, magnets and door mats.  Volunteers receive 20% off regular price.  All proceeds benefit the Shelter animals!
[toggle title=”Employer Donations”]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.
[toggle title=”Canine Good Citizen Shelter Dog Training”]Wednesdays at noon volunteers can receive training on skills that will help dogs pass the test to earn their CGC certificate. The volunteers can work with dogs on skills, working toward becoming certified while in the shelter, so that even if they get adopted before they earn it this will give adopters a leg up with their new pup!
[toggle title=”Help Wanted”]Dog Walker Needed: The surgery staff needs a volunteer who can bring the dogs in for surgery from their kennels, to the clinic. This happens Tuesday mornings at 7am. If you are interested please email volunteer@whs4pets.org
We need volunteers for December 5th and 12th from 11am – 1pm at Capitol Subaru for Share the Love! If you’re interested contact Meredith Kuhl at Meredith.kuhl@whs4pets.org.
Have you heard of our Corporate rescue program? It is where we bring dogs and maybe even kittens to other work places around Salem to reduce work related stress and get our name and cute animals out in the community! Wouldn’t you just love to take those animals out for some fun face time with potential adopters? Email volunteer@whs4pets.org to get started!
Could you go door to door explaining our TNR program with the help of our staff? We need some volunteers on January 9th. We will be going to door to door in a 97301 neighborhood to hand out free spay and neuter coupons for cats and to educate about TNR in the early afternoon, for 3-4 hours.
Floor Scraping Immediately and Ongoing-
Bring your scrapers and have a party! The paint on the floor in the Canine Classroom has got to go before we can install the new floor matting! Please feel free to scrape away with a friend or on your own. Deposit the scraped paint in the large trash can. Best times: Tuesday-Friday mornings; Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Friday evenings.
Classes are taught Monday mornings, Monday nights, Wednesday nights, All day Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Please be respectful of others needing the room at other times.
We need substitutes for all animal related volunteer jobs! If you are interested in working outside your scheduled shift please contact volunteer@whs4pets.org
MUSCLE needed –
Are you strong? We’ll need some help moving the rolls of flooring when they arrive and muscling them around during installation. Each roll weighs more than 300lbs! We’ll be using hand trucks but there will still be some heavy lifting and pushing going on.  Dates are to be determined – sometime late Nov or early Dec. Please let us know if you’d like to help and we can let you know specifics when we have them.
We need a few play group volunteers! Playgroups can make your walk shift so much easier, not to mention more fun! If you are interested in helping, contact
Jessi Keller at Jessi.keller@whs4pets.org
Deep Cleaning Urgent Need
Will someone to help us keep important areas clean? We have public classes held in our Training Room Saturdays and Mondays, and it is imperative that the classroom is deep cleaned before those classes. We have a need for help with our laundry and dishes as well! If you’re willing to share these skills with us, please contact volunteer@whs4pets.org to get started!
Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center in Salem is seeking three wildlife interns for 2016.
Two of the positions are mammal nursery interns.  The third is an avian nursery intern.  The work schedule is April until August, 40 hours a week.  Housing and a $50 weekly food stipend is available.  Two years coursework in biology, zoology or related field is required.
For detailed information on the program and application, email info@turtleridgewildlifecenter.org
Employment Opportunities
Please ensure you read the application instructions and follow them carefully.
[toggle title=”Kudos”]Martha thank you for spending so much time and love on us!-Rachel
Ashley Martinez thank you for getting me to help a member of the public!-RB
Daniel thank you for all you do for Ashleigh!-KB
Robin LaMonte thank you for volunteering on Thanksgiving! Thankful for you!-RB
Caroline I appreciate your time, effort, and communication!-RB
Anne Hoffman thank you for volunteering on Thanksgiving! Our animals need you!-RB
Rebecca Hellman thank you for helping on Thanksgiving!-RB
Emily Mecks thank you for volunteering on Thanksgiving! We need you!-RB
[toggle title=”Dog Notes”]We need a Dog walker Tuesday mornings at 7am to bring surgery dogs to the clinic. If you can come in at that time and walk them to the bathroom and then into the clinic let me know! volunteer@whs4pets.org
Remember when you are approached by the public: Volunteers are supposed to direct all customers back to the staff if they want to see dogs. It is a liability issue to discuss our animals with them, or allow them to pet and interact. There are shifts open for Dog Adoption Ambassadors, if you would like to be trained and scheduled for this team let us know! Otherwise please direct the public to our lobby to schedule meets with dogs they’re interested in. Thank you!
Remember:  The only Tags allowed in strays are Yellow, Red, and Blue!  No green or Purple Tags in strays!  Definitely no public access. 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!
Remember not to step between dogs who are upset by each other. It is an excellent way to land them in bite quarantine!
Evergreen Veterinary is no longer honoring they “senior dogs and cats care for life” promotion. They offer it in a paid package but the promotion ended in April. If you are interacting with customers make sure you aren’t telling them about this promotion anymore, it has ended.
Have you accidentally taken some kennel keys home?  Please bring them to Anna in the Volunteer Manager office!
Kennel Cleaning Protocol: After picking up feces, spray the dirty spot down with Simple Green spray (there should be a bottle every dog room; simple hand spray bottles). Then wipe the simple green off with a damp rag. Toss the dirty rag into the laundry and done! Gloves are also available in all animal room for cleanliness.
[toggle title=”Cat Notes”]You all have done such a great job keeping our cats and kittens social and happy during their stay here! We so appreciate your hard work and love to our felines!
Remember to post your absences on the Volunteer Board online, and email the volunteer manager at volunteer@whs4pets.org. The Volunteer Central Board is at https://whs4pets.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-central/
Thank you for keeping our long haired cats groomed and beautiful!
Evergreen Veterinary are no longer honoring senior cats and dogs treatment for life…they offer it in a paid package but that promotion ended in April so make sure you aren’t misleading customers.
Have you accidentally taken some kennel keys home?  Please bring them to Anna in the Volunteer Manager office!
Remember not to put used cat toys in another cats home, or back in the drawer.  Always place them in laundry.