Volunteer Weekly Newsletter

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Hello my red aproned renegades!
Welcome to your latest edition of the weekly newsletter.  This one is chock full of reminders,exciting opportunities,  best practices, and a few laughs even.  I hope you enjoy this….. then go outside and play in the sun!!
See you later,
[toggle title=”Pet Talks”]Pet Talks
Every second Thursday of the month, we’ll open our Education Hall to entertain and inform you by bringing quality speakers and a variety of topics. We’ll serve light refreshments and provide meaningful social time as well as a private shopping experience in our well-stocked pet supply store. Join us for these engaging Ed Talks for only a suggested donation of $5!
Yours truly will be one of the first Ed Talks opening talks. This next Thursday the 12th come listen to me speak on a topic that is near and dear to my heart, matchmaking. I am lovingly calling it Pet Picking 101. I will be giving the low down on how to pick the right pet for your family and home based on a few considerations. If you want to hear some of the nitty gritty come see me!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Kimmi’s Fact of the Week”]Cats have free-floating clavicle bones that attach their shoulders to their forelimbs, which allows them to squeeze through very small spaces
[/toggle][toggle title=”Promotions”]Pets add Life is giving away a total of $50,000 to 50 shelters/rescue organizations across all 50 states! One lucky organization per state will be awarded $1,000 and we’re doing it all in 50 days!
Winners will be notified and announced daily on PAL’s Facebook page beginning March 16, 2015!
To enter, complete the entry form below between March 1 – March 15, 2015 and tell us what your organization would do with an extra $1,000 and complete the following information. For a complete listing of rules, click here. Good luck!
Some ideas of what we could use that money for
• Our 50th Anniversary Celebrations!
• Veterinary care for our pets
• Spay and Neuter Surgeries
[/toggle][toggle title=”Dog Volunteers”]Please remember that when you are walking dogs that you are to keep 25 feet between your dog and the other dogs at all times. Letting dogs get to close can cause stress, frustration, and reactivity in the dogs making them more difficult to handle. Thanks guys for playing it safe out there.
The flower beds in the front of the building are not to be used as potty patches. There are dogs on the way in and out of the building that will inevitably use them but as dog walkers we shouldn’t be allowing or encouraging it. There is plenty of trees right outside the door that they can use. There was a nice metal fence around a small rhododendron in the front that has been bent and mangled due to the dogs trampling and using that spot as a potty patch. Let’s do our part to keep our grounds as neat as we can and show the community we respect and care for our facility and our pet’s home. Thanks guys.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Cat Volunteers”]When you are setting up a single kennel, a stool/cat hammock should be provided and it is important that the litterbox not be at all underneath of the hammock if that is the item provided. Some cats are larger and cannot comfortably use their litterbox if it is under a hammock. I have included a photo of a kennel set up properly for reference (with use of a hammock).
[/toggle][toggle title=”Shout Outs”]Barb Cash – Thank you for driving four hours each way to get Cookie and Firefly to a rescue where they will find their forever home together.
Al Bessol – The Staff at WHS appreciates all the time you’ve spent working with the TNR community, keep up the great work!
Austin Pickett – Always willing to step up and take on new jobs. Thank you for all the work you’ve done at Outreach events throughout the past month!
Stephanie Humphreys – I love your smiley personality and positive attitude! Thank you for all your help at our outreach events this past month!
Randy Mills – I appreciate all the time and work you put into finding the right families for our adoptable dogs. Thank you for everything that you do
Ashleigh Lathrop – Foster / Rescue Coordinator
Shout out to Barb Cash and her friend Diane (a former volunteer) for driving Cookie and Firefly to Sanctuary One, a 500 mile round trip. Talk about going that extra mile for our Animals Fantastic!
Marla Briggs – Dog walker
To Kim McQuade for walking Major, whose kennel was so messy this last Sunday. And for helping me empty the full poop cans around the campus on Sunday’s!
Sherrie Andrews – Sunday Team Captain
[/toggle][toggle title=”Behavior Nook”]Just Wait – You know those big and bouncy dogs who just can’t wait to get outside and who are so excited that they grab your apron, your arm and shove you into the kennel gate? Just wait. Stand outside their kennel and do nothing. At some point, they will stop moving and wonder why you aren’t opening their kennel. Toss in treats, way to the back. If you have time, repeat this 3 times. This gives the dog a chance to settle and to learn that being nutzo is no way to get you to come in. Demonstrate this technique to other dog walkers and be a behavior-changing superstar!
Junior Trainer Camp – Big changes ahead! This year, we’ll be highlighting clicker training and working with more than just dogs. Can’t share all the details yet as they are still in the works, but join the team and get the insider info, soon! We will need volunteers to help gather materials, run errands, help with registration, be a “camp counselor”, and much, much more. If you are interested in participating this year, please let Kimmi know so we can invite you to a team meeting soon.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Chemeketa Courses at WHS”]We’re not just for dog training professionals. If you’ve got a passion for dogs, check out the Chemeketa 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!
Here’s what one student had to say about the class: “Information was excellent, but class interaction, role playing, and group bonding and sharing was the best part.” We’re having an Open House on March 24th at 6:30, right here at WHS in the Ed Hall – hope to see you there! Contact Catherine@SensibleK9.com with questions.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Events”]The 2015 White Knight and Debutante Pageant
An adventure in Sherwood Forest with boas and tiaras. Door opens at 4pm and show starts at 5pm.
10$ suggested donation.
May the 16th at the Southside Speakeasy and Dance Pub on Fairview Industrial Dr. SE
We hope to see you there!! https://www.facebook.com/events/1450963321828347
WillaMutt Strut:
Dog games are coming back to the WillaMutt Strut, Sunday, June 14th! The Dog Bark, offering two Salem locations for doggy day care and boarding, is back on board to run all the fun doggy games. Do you think your dog will eat a radish? He could win My Dog Will Eat That. If your pup sits REALLY well on command, she might be the Musical Chair champion. Start training your pup now! OR just show up and have fun!
WillaMutt Strut, Sunday, June 14th, Riverfront Park
Registration opens mid-March
Volunteer needed:
Is running one of your pastimes? The WillaMutt Strut committee needs your help! We have two routes to plan in Riverfront Park, but we only have one runner. The committee meets once a month for an hour and plans all facets of the run/walk….the route, food, vendors, t-shirts, etc. On the day-of committee members take charge of their area. The strut is Sunday, June 14th. If you’d like to help, please call Meredith at 503-585-5900 ext. 304 or e-mail Meredith.Kuhl@whs4pets.org. Thank you!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Volunteer Opportunity”]We are looking for a history buff or librarian type to help us with updating our milestones for our timeline. If sorting through some WHS history and playing super sleuth sounds like a lot of fun to you please let me know and I will get you in touch with our Chief Investigator Jay LeVitre
[/toggle][toggle title=”Best of the Mid Valley”]Do you think that WHS is the best place to volunteer? Are we the best animal nonprofit in the mid-valley? Do we have the best Thriftstore around? If you think we are then please take some time to vote for us in the “Best of the Mid-Valley” poll. This people’s choice award has been going on for about 8 years here in Salem and has really become a recognized brand. Link to vote.
The voting period does not require registration; however, there are efforts behind the scenes to eliminate ballot stuffing. A user may only vote once a day per category. Any additional votes will be automatically disqualified. Come back once a day to support your favorites. The voting period will be from Monday, February 16th to Monday, March 9th.