Weekly Volunteer Newsletter October the 9th

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I have been a busy bee this week  working hard to keep all of our shifts full of happy volunteers.  You guys are such an amazing force  and I am baffled on a daily basis at how much work you guys do and the difference you guys make.  Dogs behaviors are improving,  they are getting out for more playgroups,  cats photos are more colorful and eye catching,  cats kennels are cleaner.  Every day it gets better and better here and it’s because of you guys.  Thank you so much.  Here is your weekly dose of information, please take it with food and water, do not read while operating heavy machinery.
Have a great weekend everyone!
[toggle title=”Dog Volunteers”]I just want to say thank you to everyone who is taking the opportunity to
take dogs out on respite. This gives dogs the ability to get away from
here and get some much needed one on one care, mental stimulation,
and probably some extra exercise making them a bit more relaxed when
they return. Thank you guys for making sure to have the sheets filled out
and signed by appropriate staff as well as making sure the dogs have
appropriate signs on the kennel for when you take them out of the building
so no one wonders where they went.
Halti Harness Training
Class will be held on
10/18 at 2pm meet
Linda at the volunteer
room to get started
there is no need to preregister.[/toggle][toggle title=”Cat Volunteers”]AlbertaJust another quick reminder about cleaning. There were some concerns with how staff and volunteers have been
cleaning the kennels so here is the information directly from the cleaning procedure that was written by staff and
approved by Dr. Harter. I will send out an e mail to all cat volunteers that will have the procedure in it as an
attachment and I will include this procedure in the log book in the volunteer room as well. If you would like a hard copy
please let me know.
“Cleaning a vacated, dirty kennel: Remove all contents (with the exception of the interactive cat toy wand) and organic
matter (stool, vomit, urine or aero). Place dirty laundry in a laundry basket. Place a piece of newspaper down on the
floor to put dirty litter boxes and dishes to avoid cross-contamination. Saturate the entire kennel with Virkon using a rag
or spray bottle. Coat the sides, top, floor, back of the cage, both sides of the door, the plastic kennel card holder and the
interactive cat toy wand. It may be necessary to use a scouring pad to manually remove dried on organic matter. Leave
Virkon on kennel for 10 minutes, then wipe with a clean damp washcloth so there is no film left on any of the kennel
surfaces. Put washcloth in dirty laundry basket. Place a laminated “clean” sign on the kennel.”
If there is a cat in the kennel “use a soap solution (dish soap in warm water) and wipe/scrub the organic matter off the
kennel.” There should be simple green available to you guys to use so you are not spraying virkon into a kennel with a
cat in it.[/toggle][toggle title=”Foster and Outreach”]Please give a very warm welcome to our new Foster and Outreach Coordinator Ashleigh Lathrop. She started out with
WHS as a customer service representative and she is a great fit for this new position. She brings a great attention to
detail, a strong work ethic, and an approachable nature to this position. So give her a congratulations and help her out
as much as you can.
On a side note… Ashleigh is looking for some more foster interns so if you know anyone who is looking for an
internship this is a great place to go and if you would like to just be a weekly volunteer helping her out that is awesome
as well just let me or Ashleigh know.
503-585-5900 ext. 303[/toggle][toggle title=”Flowers to Save Shelter Pets”]Richard is not only an outstanding photographer, his volunteer
support of Willamette Humane began more than six years ago as a
board member, K-9 team member and K-9 masseuse,
videographer, customer service support, and retail support in our
pet supply store and thrift store.Dahlia 16 small
Frame your purchased work with a promotion through Elsinore
Framing and Fine Art Galley (https://whs4pets.org/elsinore-framingkitty-
kash-doggy-dollars/). Kitty Kash and Doggy Dollars certificates
cost you $5 each, which goes directly to Willamette Humane
Society. They are worth $20 at Elsinore Framing, and you can use
them for up to 50% off your next professional framing project!
Purchase them online (https://www.flowerportraitgallery.com/
portfolio/flowers- to-save-shelter-pets).[/toggle][toggle title=”Pitties for Peace Rally”]Is being held on October the 13th from 10 am to 3pm. It will be at the capitol
steps 900 Court St Ne. This will be a way for anyone who wants to speak out
against breed specific legislation and dog fighting. This is a dog friendly event
for friendly dogs that are good with other dogs and people of all ages. Bring a
lunch, come and listen to positive stories of pits and other bully breeds. This
is the first event organized by our very own Humane-a-Teens so please take
a little bit of your time to go out and show them your support and encourage
many more like this![/toggle][toggle title=”Tidbits and Goodies”]It’s raffle time!!! Two tickets to Bowser’s Boo Bash are available via raffle. The raffle tick- ets are
$5 each or five for $20. The drawing will be October 13th, so you’ll still have time to purchase the
early bird tickets to Bowser’s if you don’t win. You’ll also get a $5 discount on a full price purchase
if you don’t win.
Purchase tickets from the development department in administration: Susan Carey, Meredith Kuhl
and Sara Masser. A few staff members around the building also have tickets.
Can’t make Bowser’s but what to support your favorite Humane Society? We’re looking for 22
ounce beers with a minimum value of $5. Liquor Outlet at 5107 Commercial St. is the Bowser’s
Brew sponsor. Please consider buying from them. In fact, we’re having an outreach event at
Liquor Outlet on Saturday, October 11th from noon until 4pm. Stop by, learn a bit about beer from
Adam the guru, buy a few 22 ouncers, visit with a couple animals and fellow volunteers. Heck,
pick up a beer for yourself too! Raffle tickets to Bowser’s will be able during the event.
The month of October is usually our busiest month for cat adoptions. We like to encourage that
by sweetening the deal a bit. For the whole month all adult cats are $20 and all kit- tens under 1
year of age are $30. Tell your friends!
Also Davenport’s Den wants to sweeten that deal as well and all of the litter, litter scoopers, and
litter boxes are 10% off for our customers. So get a discounted kitten or cat and get their supplies
on the cheap all while helping to save more lives. If this isn’t worth talking about I don’t know what
WHS has been chosen to be the recipient of a Partylite fundraiser but we need your help. We are
selling two different sized candles in many different scents. This fundraiser is just like the ones
you did in school selling wrapping paper or other products. You go door to door or ask your
friends and family members. If you sell 10 candles you will be entered into a drawing to win a gift
certificate for 25$ in Partylite products. There are prizes for selling the most candles as well.
Please come and see me for a sales sheet and more information. This is a unique fundraiser as
we get half of all of the sales. Most fundraisers only give a small percentage but we get half and
we get it immediately. So go sell some holiday gifts while giving back to WHS.[/toggle][toggle title=”Bowser’s Boo Bash Needs Volunteers”]Hey everyone Bowser’s Boo Bash is fast approaching. one of those events where
many hands make light work. So we are looking for those many hands! There are a
lot of tasks that we will need help with so if there is something you are inter- ested in
helping out with please contact Meredith and let her know how you want to help. This
is our biggest event of the year and we can use all the help we can get to make it a
huge success.
Here is a list of the things that we will need help with the times and even dates can
vary on these so please contact us for details. I will be sending out an e mail with the
details of all of these including dates and times you would be needed and how many
volunteers we will need for each assignment. Thanks in advance for your time helping
us make this an amazing event. Item transport, wall of wine preparation, event
staging/set up, silent auction crew, Golden ticket sellers, item check out crew/
runners, check in/data entry, beer pick up, live auction recorder and runner, dog
greeters, clean up crew, live auction spotters, a baby sitter for alumni dog Coco while
her parents enjoy dinner and auction, and a sales type job talking up our night at the
museum package. We also need2-4 volunteers to help set up the center peices.
The excitement continues guys. I am looking into costumes and planning and plotting for an evening full
of fun and philanthropy. Its going to be exciting and exhilarating and you wont want to miss out on this.
Imagine yourself as the one person around the water cooler without an opinion on how Bowser’s was
this year…. You can prevent this awkward situation by purchasing tickets online and putting it in your
calendar. Count Dogula can’t wait to see you there!
[/toggle][toggle title=”Shout Outs”]Definitely need to give a shout-out to Tom Halsey and Lloyd Rhoades for the 79 post holes
they dug this weekend. And, they set about 13 of the posts in concrete already. Hard
workers. And it was 85 degrees!
Susan Carey
I want to make a shout out – to ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS! There are not words to
describe how much all of your dedication and commitment mean to me, and my entire team
at WHS. It is unbelievable to me that you are all giving your free time to serve animals and
to help make this shelter a better one, while staying positive and upbeat. All of you come
into the shelter with positive attitudes and smiling faces. I want you all to realize that without
you, we would NOT be where we are today! We simply do not have the resources to walk,
bathe, and give all of our animals the attention they need. That is why you are all so
important. I apologize that we, as WHS employees, are not always able to in person thank
you but just know that from the VERY bottom of all of our hearts we adore all of you and
appreciate everything you’ve ever committed to us. Thank you!
Cassidy Canfield (Adoptions Specialist)
[/toggle][toggle title=”Does Your Employer Support WHS?”]We have a list of businesses that support WHS either by supporting our volunteering program and matching a donation
for hours volunteered by their employees or matching donations for other events and promotions. If you are an
employee of one of these companies please check in with your HR department and see if there is anything you can do to
help. If your company is not on this list please check in with your HR department and see if they have any programs
available that will match donations or support our volunteer program. Feel free to contact me or Meredith if you have any
information about new supporters or how to get your place of work involved.
Kim -503-585-5900 ext.312
Meredith- 503-585-5900 ext. 304
Allstate Giving Campaign
American Society Of Assoc. Exec.
Argo Group
Bank of America Matching Gifts
Benevity – Cambia Health
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Chevron Corp.
Creative Resource Strategies LLC
GE Foundation
Huron Consulting Group
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest- Community Giving Campaign
Kelly’s Home Center
Key Bank Commercial Banking
Macy’s Inc. Foundation
Magna Carta
Maps Credit Union
Milbank Memorial Fund
Nike Employee Matching Gift Program
Oregon Community Credit Union
Performance Health Technology, LTD
Wal-Mart Foundation
Walmart Store #1920[/toggle]