Weekly Volunteer Newsletter for 10-22-14

Guess what I am excited about? Bowser’s Boo Bash this weekend.  I am so stoked to feel the air of philanthropy  so thick in that room that you will be able to cut it with a knife!   All the moral support and financial support and the giving of peoples time to make such an event happen  just   leaves me all flabbergasted and amazed.  Also  in my time as volunteer manager I have been lucky enough to meet some really swell people and  create new friendships and this is going to be a great way to get to hang out with some of you outside of my office or playgroup and a good way to see a sillier side of me than usual! For those of you that are unable to attend please keep your eyes peeled for pictures  and your ears open for some excellent stories   we will live it up for you and hope you can make it next year.   I  heard today that we  exceeded our goal of tickets sold to the event and we are  at 506 tickets purchased… talk about a full house!!  Anyway, no matter what activities your weekend holds  I hope it is exciting and full of fun!

– Kimmi 

I just want to send out a quick reminder about how your words and actions can shape the opinions
people have of our shelter. Customers see volunteers and staff around all the time and they are aware
and hear what goes on. Just as staff have to, we as volunteers need to be mindful of what we say and
how we say it; not only to each other but to the animals as well. We would like to do everything we can
to show the community that we are an organization made of people that are compassionate and caring.
Our biggest value here is positive service to all, so we should be kind to everyone. There are times here
when things can get frustrating, stressful, infuriating even. If it is getting to be too much please come and
see me about it I am here for you. If you just need time, please just check in and take the time you need
away from the shelter. This is an emotionally taxing place and t can be hard sometimes to keep strong
emotions under control and that’s understandable; we just need to make sure that no matter the emotion,
our words and actions support WHS’s values and mission. Thank you guys!

Reminders abound in the newsletter this week!! I just want you all to know that when you are cleaning kennels
the cats needs to stay in their kennels. We cannot have the kitties running around in the cat rooms for multiple
reasons. One is cross contamination – if they are out and about and they have some kind of illness they have
now spread it all over the room making it very hard to contain to avoid spreading to other kitties. Another
reason would be that it stresses the other cats out, cats in kennels have no where to go but the back of the
kennel and if they have another kitty peering in at them they may feel threatened or unsafe and that’s not how
we want our cats to feel while they are in our care. Lastly it’s a safety hazard, if you have a loose cat and you
are trying to retrieve it, it could feel threatened and lash out at you or it could bolt out the room and who knows
what it could encounter while running around the shelter; a loose dog perhaps or it could feel the need to hide
inside of a vending machine (this has happened before). We keep the kitties in their kennels or restrained to
ensure their individual safety, the safety of the population, and our safety as well. Please make sure you are
following the protocols for cleaning cat kennels and if you are unsure how to handle a certain cat please
request help from a fellow cat volunteer or from a staff member. Thank you guys so much for your cooperation
to keep this place clean and safe we really appreciate it.

• The holiday bazaar is coming up at our thrift store (Nov. 7 & 8) and we need bags (shopping, as well as
paper and plastic grocery). We also need paper to wrap/protect purchases. We are so short on paper that we
have been using newspaper, but that isn’t the best because sometimes the print rubs off on our hands or the
purchases. In the past we had end rolls from the newspaper or other rolls that we could cut up, so anything
along that line would be great. Please take any donations of bags or paper for wrapping directly to the thriftstore
at 548 High St NE (between Union & Marion) Salem, OR 97301. They are open Mon- Sat from 10:30am to
6:00pm and they are closed on Sunday.
• We are looking for volunteers who are interested in singing along in our holiday greeting for CCTV this
year. It’s a short video with a holiday greeting for the community on behalf of WHS. If you would like to lend
your voice talents (or in my case lack there of) to our little greeting please let me know and I can make sure you
get the music and lyrics when it is ready. We will be rehearsing on Monday, November 3rd at 5:45pm here at
the shelter with our Humane-A-Teens group. We will have 30 minutes to record at the CCTV studios on Friday,
November the 14th at 6:30. We would like to get together at 6 or so to practice a little bit before hand. If these
times work out for your schedule and you are interested in helping out and having a little goofy holiday fun
please let me know ASAP. Thank you so much for your support guys!
• Towels, towels, towels! We use lots and lots of towels. The clinic sends a towel out with every feral cat that
we fix here, so we lose a lot of them which means we need a steady flow coming in. We are so fortunate to be
offering the fix a feral program to help stabilize our community cat population and if our biggest struggle is towels
right now we won’t be complaining! However if you have any old spare towels you would like to donate or you
could ask your friends or family members to send a few with you when you come in for your shift we would
greatly appreciate it. We need to make sure that they are going to the clinic because if they end up in our
regular rotation of towels in the shelter, the clinic won’t know they had towels donated for them. We are looking
for bath sized towels that are not shredded/full of holes, they need to be safe for the kitties in our care. We are
not picky about color or patterns etc. Thank you so much guys!

Support WHS while adding a little beauty to your life.  By clicking https://www.flowerportraitgallery.com/portfolio/flowers-to-save-shelter-pets , you can view and purchase the lovely work of Salem, Oregon flower photographer and long-time WHS volunteer Richard Wasserman.  Both prints and digital downloads are available, and 20 percent of net proceeds will come to Willamette Humane Society to support the care and rehoming of dogs and cats in our community.

Support WHS while adding a little beauty to your life.  By clicking https://www.flowerportraitgallery.com/portfolio/flowers-to-save-shelter-pets , you can view and purchase the lovely work of Salem, Oregon flower photographer and long-time WHS volunteer Richard Wasserman.  Both prints and digital downloads are available, and 20 percent of net proceeds will come to Willamette Humane Society to support the care and rehoming of dogs and cats in our community.

Kim Adamson I want to thank you for stepping up to take on the task of Saturday Dog Walk Captain.
I appreciate you taking on the extra task and time to help keep our dog walking program running
smoothly. Also Gerri Ball, thank you for all the time you have spent on keeping our Saturday team
running and making sure that the details that occasionally get missed don’t fall through the cracks,
your attention to detail and your extra pair of eyes have been really useful and you have been so
supportive to the staff on Saturday. Thank you both for keeping our dogs needs front and center!!
-Kimmi
The entire Saturday dog walking team!!!! This last Saturday during construction things were hairy
and confusing . You guys did a great job of improvising and getting our dogs the attention, exercise
and mental stimulation they needed despite the chaos. You are all wonderful and we are so lucky
to have you all. Keep up the teamwork and positivity!!
-Kimmi

The thrift store is having a Holiday Bazaar on the 7th & 8th as well as the 28th & 29th of November
NPR+cats=Awesome

2014 WillaMutt Strut tee shirts (sizes M & L) are half priced – only $5

There are lots of new fun car cat and dog themed magnets in stock

Advantage II flea treatments – buy 4 tubes, get a 5th free (only until December 31st)

Kim

Kimmi served as Volunteer Manager at Willamette Humane Society from June 2014 - September 2015.
Kim

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