Weekly Volunteer Newsletter

Hey friends,

This edition is long over due and jam packed with fun and vital information.  I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed putting this together.  Just another piece of information  for you,  I will be out of the office Monday the 16th and will return as normal on Tuesday the 17th.  Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts and hug some dogs for me this weekend!

Thank you,

Kimmi

Dog & Cat Volunteers
Just a reminder from the animal welfare team , to avoid transmitting disease from healthy carriers to vulnerable animals, cleaning should proceed from the cleanest areas of the building housing the most vulnerable animals to the most contaminated areas and the least vulnerable animals, e.g.:
• Adoptable kittens/puppies
• Adoptable adult animals
• Stray/Quarantine kittens/puppies
• Stray/Quarantine adult animals
• Sick animals and isolation areas

Just a reminder on the correct way to put up the stretch and scratch cardboard scratchers for our cats.
If the scratchers are down low they are unable to stretch to scratch them. They need to be attached high up on the kennel door.

If a dog has a cone on, a sign on the kennel saying recently had surgery, or a note on the walk shift saying short leash walk only then those dogs are not allowed to have off leash time in the pen until they are done recovering. This last week there were two instances where this was done and it is not safe for the dogs. Just as it wouldn’t be safe for you to run around after having a medical procedure. Thank you caring for our pets as you would your own we appreciate it.

Also please remember that we only walk the dogs clockwise around the path. Even if you seem to be the only one out walking dogs at that time you never can predict who is going to come out with a dog. Everyone walking the same direction means that we are being as safe as possible with the dogs. If you are unsure of what way to walk the dogs please see your shift leader or team captain.

Kennel buddies are no longer taking dogs out for a potty walks if you have been trained to do so and would like to continue taking dogs out please see me about a dog walk shift. Thank you guys!

It is that time of the year again, Humaneitarian Awards! We are currently accepting nominations you can submit online at www.whs4pets.org/humaneitarian-awards-nominations-2015/ or click on the WHS Blog from the home page and scroll down to the blog post on submitting a nomination. Nominations will be accepted until 3/27

The awards available are the Golden Paw Award, the Young Paw Award, the Volunteer of the Year Award, and the Humaneitarian Award!

Kristen
Briefly… Shout out to Kristen and her two children, Alexander and Isabelle, for being so helpful with customers and at closing time !

Becky and Steve Mucha
“A shout out to Becky and Steve Mucha, owners and operators of Word of Mouth Bistro, who provide yummy meat treats to the shelter dogs every week. They also provide big bones for our restless dogs, and now they are donating beautiful collars for the dogs to wear and keep when they are adopted. They care for all the dogs at WHS and give so much to their health and comfort. ”

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. https://www.honeywoodwinery.com/

Animal Welfare Team Full time/Part time/ On call:
The Animal Welfare Specialist (AWS) is responsible for ensuring a safe and healthful environment for the animals, staff, volunteers and visitors to our shelter.

Adoptions Specialist On Call:
The Adoptions Specialists (AS) is primarily responsible for ensuring all customers receive exceptional customer service. The AS provides complete information about Willamette Humane Society (WHS) adoption policy and about the animal the customer is interested in adopting.

If you are interested in applying for any of these positions please click on how to apply from this page https://whs4pets.org/get-involved/employment/

Volunteer Training Class
There are three Head halti training classes scheduled! If you are working your way up to red tag dog walking this is part of the requirements to get there. If you need or want this training please come in. There is no fee and no registration required. The class will meet in the volunteer so be on time and bring really good treats with you that day!
Sunday 15th @ 1:00pm

Customer Carol E

.carol and her handsome man
“I just want to tell my adoption story. I put a beautiful cat on hold who had been in quarantine at the WHS. I waited & waited to get her, but was informed that she had been infected with a virus by another cat. This meant I had to choose another kitty. I looked & held & petted many cats, but wasn’t feeling any bond with them. I’m a special needs cat person cos I have another cat at home that is sweet when she wants to be, but is usually not. I love her, but she’s not always approachable–she will let you pet her on the head about 3x then she lets you know that’s all you get. I needed a cat who would be friendly, cuddly, sweet, & be my lap kitty as contrast to my other one. I found Spencer (not his name at the time) at the WHS at the last minute & I knew right away he could be mine. He is so friendly, follows me everywhere, is a curious boy, & lets me pet him all the time, anywhere–on his head, tummy, feet, ears, & he loves it. He purrs every time I pet him. He’s my “Handsome Man”. I’m so glad I found him, even though the entire ordeal took nearly a month. He’s worth it. Please adopt a cat! “

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.

There will be a consolidated voting page where you can vote for us in each category. 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. Keep your eyes peeled for more info.

February at Nature’s Pet:
2/14 Saturday, VALENTINE’S DAY PHOTO
Stop in for a free digital Valentine picture of you and your pet! Donations accepted for the Willamette Humane Society

2/21 Saturday 3 pm, DENTAL HEALTH
What is dental disease? Can you keep your pet’s teeth clean, their breath fresh and avoid dental cleaning? What can you possibly do besides having to brush your pet’s teeth every day? We’ll explore all the options available for plaque and tartar control, keeping your pets breath fresh and how you can possibly delay or put off those dental cleanings at the vets. Cost: just a $10 donation to Willamette Humane Society. Seats are limited so please register at Nature’s Pet. 503.362.4555.

2/26 Thursday 4:30 pm, SMALL DOG YAPPY HOUR
Join us with your small dog for a fun play date at Nature’s Pet. While our dogs play and socialize, we’ll have a glass of wine! Lola Carey, Lucky Leash will be there to help us get started. Limited to 6 small dogs. All dogs must be up to date on vaccinations and flea control. Cost $10. Registration required.

SOUL COLLAGE
What- a process for accessing your intuition and creating an incredible deck of cards with deep personal meaning that will help you with life’s questions and transitions.
When-3 session series February 24, March 3, and March 10
Who- BJ is going to be there as well as myself and our Workshop leader Jean. It’s going to be such fun to see the amazing cards created this time around. Spots are limited so please sign up soon!
Where- We will be hosting this event in the Ed Hall at WHS.
Cost- Total cost for the 3 session workshop is $79. That’s just over $26 per session and that includes all of the materials all you need to bring is yourself and perhaps a friend if you register fast enough to get a spot for them too. If you are interested in reserving a spot please contact Kimmi at Volunteer@whs4pets.org or stop by her office!

A NIGHT OF A THOUSAND LEIS
2/24 Tuesday 5:00 pm,
Show, auction, and raffle benefitting WHS at the South Side Speak’Easy located at 3529 Fairview Industrial Drive Southeast!

Public Play Groups! We need runners committed to the Saturday play group 2-4pm each week so we can open it to the public. We’ll also run the Sunday playgroup as public-invitation. These will be special opportunities because people can see how wonderful our shelter dogs really are, outside the kennel environment. Dogs in playgroup become friends… and our dogs need forever friends! Join the fun and let Kimmi know you’d like to be a runner and/or scribe in training!

bellamy

Thanks to those of you who have attended training for the food bowl protocol. Please sign up with Catherine for a shift to work with Bellamy. She needs at least one opportunity to practice each day. Catherine will coordinate the team to communicate, making sure we are working safely and effectively each time we take her out. Email is best: catherine.steinke@whs4pets.org

You won’t be a guinea pig if you join the Chemeketa Pro Dog Trainer course this Spring! The guinea-pig class was the first group, and they said things like: “Classes were well-organized and information was presented clearly. The material was interesting and delivered in an engaging manner.” What a great testimonial. It’s hard to believe, but we’re busy, making the course materials more user-friendly and the hands-on portion even more engaging. Join us! Contact Catherine@SensibleK9.com with questions.

The weather is slowly getting better and this means that we will start seeing more invites to events. I know that a lot of you would really like to be involved. We have a google group that we use to send out invites. If you want to make sure you aren’t missing all of the fun send me an email to let me know you are interested in more outreach events and we will add you to our group! Volunteer@whs4pets.org

Kim
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