Volunteer Weekly Newsletter

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Dear Volunteers,
You guys make my heart happy,  you guys make WHS a beautiful place to be for any reason.  If you don’t believe me read the shout outs section every week  and find out what the staff is saying about you guys.   I hope you all have a wonderful Easter or a wonderful Sunday  whichever you choose to celebrate!!
[toggle title=”Dog Volunteers”]We had an incident on Monday where Roscoe was running around in A dogs and playing a game of “stress out my neighbors”. This was due to a lock not being put back into the kennel doors. This is not just your job to put the locks in the doors when you put a dog back but to also be mindful as you walk by if the other kennel doors have locks in them as well. We all are on the same team; we all want each other and our dogs to be safe and happy. So let’s all work together to make sure that we are covering for each other and ourselves. This is the most repeated reminder since my coming on board last July. Let’s see if we can reduce the number of times we have to remind for this and use this energy for shout outs guys!!
Also we are working on going back to the old plastic buckets that we had the harnesses in before in the dog kennels. The reason we are going back is because we were finding that dogs were jumping up and taking the harnesses out and chewing them up. We were losing up to two harnesses a week and as you know we don’t have the biggest collection of them to begin with. So this will help us to keep harnesses in rotation for longer and prevent us from having to search high and low for harnesses! Thanks so many guys for your support!
Don’t forget that once you are a yellow tag walker you can take dogs out on respite!! Take them on leash to a park, or for a walk around your neighborhood for a change in scenery, to your house for the afternoon or overnight, or to your summer barbeque with friends to be the center of attention. If you are interested in doing so please fill out a respite form (found on the dog walker desk in the plastic holder on the right side) and have one of the following members of staff sign off. Kimmi, Rachel, Bodda, or Jessi then tack it to the volunteer managers cork board outside of her door and make sure there is a sign on the kennel front. There is information about Respite options in the volunteer room as well!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Cat Volunteers”]Some easy reminders guys!
• One scoop of litter per box.
• Customer service is your first priority if you are an adoption ambassador.
• Make sure to wipe out cat kennels with a damp rag after the 10 minute soak so that no Virkon is left behind.
• Every cat needs a kuranda bed or a stool to hide under or perch on.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Dog and Cat Volunteers”]You guys may have seen some fancy new kennel cards on our dogs and cats kennels recently. We did a bit of a trial run to get some feedback and we sure got it. There was a lot of happy buzz about the look and some great feedback about loving the family rating for cats. There were some downsides as well like not having the pets description listed or the intake date or reason. So for the time being we will be going back to the old kennel cards ( but we will still keep the family rating on the cat kennel cards for now) and once we rework the new kennel cards and work out some of the kinks we will bring them back. Thank you for your patience and feedback during our upgrades!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Kimmi’s Fact of the Week”]WHS IS CLOSED FOR EASTER SUNDAY!!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Shout Outs”]Julie Wallin and Laura Daniel out at Petco Keizer. You guys have done a superb job keeping up with the tasks at Petco. You have been great with getting us the information we need, keeping the team informed of what is going on with the cats, with training a new volunteer, with bringing in donations. The whole nine yards. Our team is only as good as our volunteers and you guys are stars! Thanks so much!
I just want to throw a shout out to Ashley Hoover. She is a dog walker, but she goes above and beyond… She came in today on her lunch break to see the dogs, specifically Rosco. She is always taking dogs out to her home for respite to give them a relaxing night off, and I think that is truly amazing. She talks about each dog as if it was her own baby. She is fantastic!! I know this isn’t the first time she has been out here on her lunch break; I also heard that she came in on a 1 hour lunch break to walk dogs because she knew we were shorthanded! Amazing!
-Maryann Miller
I want to give a public shout out to Martha Russell for her adopt an Oregon dog blog. You can tell how well her blog resonates with WHS adopters and wanna-be adopters by how inspired they are to share their personal stories. We are so lucky to have this branding out there constantly reinforcing our compassionate services to pets and people.
Susan Carey
[/toggle][toggle title=”Continued Education for Volunteers”]Head halti class Friday the 10th at 5:30 pm. Meet with Linda in the volunteer room
[/toggle][toggle title=”Tidbits and Goodies”]Maymo makes me laugh!

[/toggle][toggle title=”Help Needed”]Does anyone out there in volunteer land know someone who works for Hawaiian Airlines? We’d like to request airline tickets for Bowser’s Boo Bash but need an employee to work with us. Please get in touch with Meredith Kuhl, 503-585-5900 ext. 304 or Meredith.Kuhl@whs4pets.org.
Do you know anyone who belongs to a golf course in Central Oregon? We’re putting together a high end golf package for Bowser’s Boo Bash and need some connections. Please let Meredith know! 503-585-5900 ext. 304 or Meredith.Kuhl@whs4pets.org.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Employmetn Opportunities”]Adoption Specialist part time and on call
Do you have a knack for excellent customer service? Are you madly in love with the fuzzies like we are? Take a minute to check out the job description on our website as well as the steps to apply!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Best of the Mid Valley”]I can’t wait to see how we fared in the Best of the Mid Valley Polls!! Results coming in May. Stay tuned!!!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Kitten Season Has Begun”]Kitten Season Has Begun!!
We are looking for donations of KMR for our sweet little bottle babies. We have really bulked up our foster group of educated kitten fosters and now all we need are the supplies to keep ’em going! If you can donate to help we would be so grateful!
kitten pile
[/toggle][toggle title=”Events”]Pet Talks:
Pet talks are an informational talk session held the 2nd Thursday of each month starting at 6 pm in our Ed hall. There are refreshments, great ideas, and a community of people to learn and share. This coming Thursday the 9th two of our very own will be presenting.
Lee Nichols will be talking about the “Pitbull Paradox” and then Sara Masser will be talking to us about “Resolving problems through touch” using massage to help curb behavior issues in our pets at home. This is a free event for our volunteers so I hope you guys set aside some time to come in!
WillaMutt Strut:
Willamutt Strut is just around the corner.
Registration is going on now, hurry and sign up and get your T-shirt! Make sure to put 6/14/15 on your calendar as a day for fun, friends, and fur! We hope to see you there.
[/toggle][toggle title=”Volunteer Opportunities”] Have you always been interested in Modeling? Do you want to know what goes on behind the scenes? Models can be a fascinating bunch especially those of the feline variety. Talk about catty behavior!!! If you would like to help out with our weekly photo shoots on the cat walk and be a part of all the glitz and glamour please send an e mail to Volunteer@whs4pets.org
 The Thrift store at 548 High St NE downtown Salem is looking for someone to help out on the register between the hours of 2 and 6pm. Please call the store and talk to Kit or Carrie about getting started. 503-362-6892
 Outreach events Help needed
Hey everyone, I have some exciting news! We will be doing a regular outreach event at the Saturday Farmer’s Market – the first and third Saturday of every month from 10am to 2pm. We will be bringing cats every time, and possibly dogs some of the time. I have one regular volunteer who is planning on being there every month, and I am hoping to find 2 more! Please let me know if you would be interested in attending the Saturday Farmer’s Market to talk about TNR, volunteering, fostering, spay and neuter clinic, and our adoptable animals! May 2nd will be our first time doing this event, so if you can’t commit to doing it regularly, but would like to help on a specific date, please let me know
503-585-5900 ext. 303
 Our TNR program is picking up and we have people calling in to get our help with trapping cats. One of our great volunteers Al Bessol has been doing a lot of these and is very experienced. As we get more requests though he needs some help. If you would like to learn the fine art of trapping cats and would like to help AL and our MPCCP make a difference in our community cat population please send me an e mail and let me know and we can get you started!
 Do you love to plan events? Do you love to coordinate people? Do you love dogs? Do you have great skills of communication via e mail? Then I have the title for you, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator!! If these sounds like something you would like try out please send me an e mail and we can chat more about it! Volunteer@whs4pets.org.
 How re your matchmaking skills? Do you find yourself playing cupid with your friends and family? Do you have an itch to improve the quality of someone’s life through meaningful connections? Then K9 Adoption Ambassador just might be what you are looking for to fill that need! We have openings every day of the week except Tuesday and Wednesday and the shifts are varying times in the afternoon and evenings. Trainings can be completed around your schedule. Please e mail Volunteer@whs4pets.org to get more information