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January 3, 2013

Fact of the Week:
The average cat has 24 whiskers.

Can I just say right now how amazing all of you are?! We had asked our volunteers for extra help during the holidays with the animals and you graciously came through! You guys just rock and we can't thank you all enough!

FYI: I (Kim Hudson) will be out of the office on vacation starting Friday, January 4th and will be back on Wednesday, January 16th. Las Vegas, here I come! So, volunteer MaryAnn Holliman has been nice enough to come in as a temporary employee to answer e-mail’s and phone calls and do the Noseweek. She will do the best she can to answer any questions you have and help you out, but we just wanted you to know as it may take a little longer to get back to you than usual. Kristin Bigler, the Volunteer Resources Manager, will also be in her regular schedule of Sunday – Thursday 8am – 5:00pm and can help you out too. Thanks everyone for your patience and understanding during this time!

Here is a picture of MaryAnn, just so you know who she is!


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The OHS Staff Holiday Party will be on Wednesday, January 23 and we are in need of 3 volunteers to help from 11:00am - 3:00pm with decorating and dressing the tables. The party will be at Holocene, which is located at 1001 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214. If you are interested, please e-mail Kim at kimh@oregonhumane.org

Hey all of you outgoing and warm dog lovers, how would you like to become a dog Hands-On Trainer for the new volunteer orientations?
We do require that you have done at least 50 hours or more in the dog kennels and be outgoing. You would lead small groups of new volunteers interested in that particular animal group through a short orientation (typically from 1:30pm – 3:00pm). You will first shadow an existing HOT and be given clear points to cover with the new folks. We really need you to share your enthusiasm and experience! New volunteer orientations are typically the last Sunday of each month. We would like to train you at the Sunday, January 27th orientation and then have you start on your own at the February 24th training and if you could sign up for at least 3 of the orientation dates, which we will give you a list of, that would be great! If interested, please e-mail kimh@oregonhumane.org

The Medical Center is recruiting again for volunteer participation. We are looking for and placing a limited number of volunteers in these roles in the medical center. This is a great chance to also get observation hours needed so often for veterinary and schools and technician programs. Existing medical volunteers are also encouraged to respond if you’d like to do something new.

Recovery: This position is a more hands on role here in the AMLC. We are looking for someone to assist a staff member in the recovery process for patients who get surgery. This involves monitoring heart rates, cleaning the surgical areas and removing blood/ extra tattoo ink, transporting patients back to their kennel, extubating patients, and helping with cleaning kennels. A person interested in this role does not need previous experience, but should very vigilant and be eager to learn. Need one volunteer for Wednesay mornings 9am to 12 noon.

To qualify for one of this position please have the following skills:

  • Been trained in animal care and have contributed at least 50 hours working with animals in the shelter as an OHS volunteer.
  • Be able to commit to a weekday shift at least 2 or 3 times per month. Shifts are flexible but would be at least two hours in length.
  • Be able to keep respectfully to duties assigned and not be overly squeamish or concerned over sights that happen in hospital setting.

If interested please contact Kristin Bigler at kristinb@oregonhumane.org.

The ACT Assistant works closely with kennels staff, supporting them in their daily duties and carrying out tasks as assigned by the kennels supervisory staff. As part of this role, the ACT Assistant interacts with unscreened dogs, including dogs in Bite Quarantine, so this role requires above-average dog handling skills. The main purpose of this role is to relieve kennels staff of some of their behind the scenes duties so that staff can focus more on customer care, especially during the weekend peak times. Require 75 hours or more of dog walking/kennel volunteering. If you are interested in becoming an ACT Assistant, please e-mail Kim at kimh@oregonhumane.org.

Volunteers Billy and Candace Bailey have been so kind to have taken on the task of Dog Path Maintenance at OHS, as approved by Kristin Bigler, Volunteer Resources Manager. Billy started volunteering for OHS in July and he knew immediately he wanted to dig in and get his hands dirty taking care of the walking path for our volunteers and dogs alike. He has 6-7 years prior experience in landscaping, including planting, pruning, and all-around maintenance. Candace, who started volunteering one month earlier in June, is his willing helper and partner in weed-fighting.

For the coming year, they plan to root out the invasive plant species found along the path and encourage the growth of native plants, and they’re hoping to have YOUR help. Every second and fourth Sunday of each month, they will be working on the dog path, from 10:30am to 1:00pm. Right now with the ground as damp as it is it’s easier to pull/dig up those invasives by their roots and hopefully prevent them from coming back. They will also continue spreading mulch in soggy spots on the path, and take care of any number of other upkeep tasks that need to be addressed.

If you’re interested in helping on Sunday, January 13, please either meet them at the red barn opposite the outdoor dog runs at 10:30am or find them on the path. When you log in at the kiosk, please select Dog Path Maintenance as a job. All tools will be provided, though you may find your own work/gardening gloves to be more comfortable. If you have suggestions for path maintenance or have any questions, you can contact Candace at ccf@deainc.com.

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We've added a new spot for those special dogs you'd like to have considered for Nosework! There has been added a Nosework candidates spot to the boards in the hallway (the one next to Pet Pals) and right by the "Dogs needing extra exercise." We hope that this will help make the Nosework process more efficient and more candidates might be able to go through this excellent program. Thanks for all your hard work guys!

Recently we've had a few dogs get loose on their leashes because volunteers were not using the safety hold that we ask volunteers to use when walking dogs (this hold is taught in the Dog Safety and Handling class). Please remember to use this hold, especially when the weather is cold and you are wearing gloves. That way we can be sure that the animals and the volunteers all stay safe. Thanks everyone!

As of January 1, 2013 adoption fees have resumed back to the standard fees. The animals that were marked as the “special” adoption fee have been edited to reflect the standard adoption fee of the animal. Thanks everyone!

The OHS staff will be having their yearly holiday party on Wednesday, January 23rd and the shelter will be closing early to the public at 4pm. Volunteers are still welcome to stay and help with the animals up until the time of 6:30pm as there will be a staff member here (Sasha Moyle) as a point person. Any extra help you can give that night to help us get the dogs their evening walk would be greatly appreciated! Thank you everyone!


The Oregon Humane Society offers these tips to keep pets safe and healthy during the cold weather.

Pets are Best Kept Inside

* Bring pets indoors when temperature reaches 30 degrees with or without the wind-chill.

* Dogs and cats can get frostbitten ears, nose, and feet if left outside.

* Chemicals used to melt snow on sidewalks can irritate pets' paws—wipe paws clean after walks.

* Indoor pets get less exercise in the cold months, so feed them less.

If Your Pet Must be Kept Outside

* An outdoor dog needs a dry, elevated shelter with clean, dry bedding and a flap over the opening to keep drafts out.

* Consider adding a dog-door to the garage; place a soft cushion in the warmest corner of the garage for your dog.

* Make sure water bowls are not frozen. Check periodically throughout the day. Even in cold weather, pets need water.

* Use plastic food and water bowls rather than metal; when the temperature is low, your pet's tongue can stick and freeze to metal.

* Give outdoor pets more food. Pets need calories to produce body heat.

For Both Indoor and Outdoor Pets

* Make sure a cat hasn't crawled under your car seeking warmth near the engine. Slap the car hood noisily before starting the engine to startle any animal sleeping there.

* Wipe pets' paws when they come back into the house because they can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking their paws. Also check paws for cuts from snow or encrusted ice.

* Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the pet to freeze to death.


Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 5pm – 8pm

There will be items to EAT and to DRINK and awards to those who can keep their heads.

Guests welcome with a $25 donation per person at the door (cash or check). Volunteers get in free!

Meet us in Wonderland, aka The Portland Art Museum, Kridel Grand Ballroom, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 – just through the rabbit hole

Buffet by Elephant’s Deli.
Complimentary wine, beer and non alcoholic drinks.

Awards and door prizes.

Come as cards, the white rabbit, mad tea party guests, Cheshire cats, Queen or King of hearts…or just your own curious self!

This is your party, so come as you are most comfortable. Costumes are NOT mandatory!

No money that could be spent on the animals is used for this party.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be sending out invitations sometime the end of January, so please do not RSVP to the party until you receive that invitation in the mail or e-mail. Thank you so much!

If ever you feel you are not making a difference in what you do when you are walking dogs, please read OHS Volunteer's Margaret Spear’s essay. So, each time you walk dogs please thank yourself and remember how important you are. Also, if you run into Margaret give her a high 5 for her effort!

The Value of Dog Walking:
The most important concern in dog walking is making it safe for the dogs, avoiding accidents, keeping dogs from getting loose, choosing to walk dogs that aren't too much, moving always as calmly as possible because it is the dogs who pay if things go wrong. Therefore, the rules must be obeyed but, within the rules, the walker can make decisions such as whether to walk a dog on the path or exercise it in a yard. There is repetition to dog walking and yet every walk is different.

We don't train dogs but when we are careful and thoughtful, every dog walk can be positive reinforcement for the behavior that an owner will want. When we walk carefully, every walk is good for the dog far beyond an opportunity to relieve itself outdoors. Dogs that are house trained feel a lot of stress if they can't relieve themselves outdoors, but for all dogs a walk is a relief from the chaos of the shelter, from the people constantly looking at them, a chance to catch up on their messages, check on the squirrel population, walk fast or mosey, eat grass - all the things that are a walk from a dog's point of view.

A dog that has not been socialized or one that has bad experiences with people, gets to experience that many people are nice. On a walk, the walker will have opportunities or should make opportunities to engage with the dog, keep his attention if he is distracted by other dogs, prevent the dog from barking by distracting before the dog gets worked up, pet the dog, find out if he knows how to sit. A good walk should be a pleasure for the dog and as calm as possible for the dog, and in that way we give stress relief way beyond what a walker might expect. I think we don't know until we begin that these dogs are not like our family pets and, even when they seem calm and even though OHS is an exceptional shelter, they are hugely stressed.

In addition to helping the dogs with good walks, we should always be observing the dog for possible health issues that should be looked at by a staff person, and for qualities that might be good for potential adopters to know. Of course, there are way more walkers than staff circulating through the kennels and we can be helpful in reporting what we observe.

Good observant dog walkers do much more good than they realize.

Written by OHS Volunteer Margaret Spear, December 2012

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Saturday, January 5 from 10:30am – 12:00pm in Ehmann Classroom in AMLC.
Tuesday, January 8 from 10:30am- 12:00pm in Ehmann Classroom in AMLC.
Thursday, January 17 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm in Ehmann Classroom in AMLC.

Everyone is welcome to attend, especially those volunteers walking dogs. You will learn the correct way to handle dogs in the kennels, along with what to do in unsure situations and how to operate leashes in the right manner. ALL NEW DOG WALKING VOLUNTEERS MUST ATTEND THIS CLASS OR ONE IN THE FUTURE. Just show up - no need to RSVP!

Are you confident and comfortable with dogs, familiar with the kennels and interested in learning basic dog training techniques? Our Pet Pals volunteer program trains volunteers to work with some of our more difficult shelter dogs so they can learn basic manners like sit, stay, down and how to walk on a loose leash. Pet Pal volunteers contribute to the overall health of the dogs they work with by making them better behaved and by spending lots of great one on one time with them. Pet Pals volunteers require a high level of training, so a few requirements are in place:

  • Pet Pal volunteers must not have any injuries because you will be working with large and strong dogs and will need to be physically healthy.
  • To become a Pet Pal, you must have at least 30 hours of experience volunteering in the kennels as a dog walker or Kennel Buddy before starting the program.
  • Also, you must be able to attend all your classes in order to complete the program. If you cannot attend all classes, please do not sign up until you are able to commit fully. Class times and days are listed below.
  • If you are not very comfortable with dogs, have zero experience with dogs or are not physically strong, you may want to sign up for Kennel Buddies/Canine Enrichment.
  • Not sure where to start? Then you might want to get your feet wet with dog-walking. You can always join Pet Pals later!

Thursdays in January:
Meet in main lobby by front desk 4:00pm – 5:00pm. No need to RSVP - just show up for first class and they will get you registered!
Class Dates – 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24. You must attend all classes. What to Bring: your leash, OHS apron, ID badge and tasty high-value dog treats like natural balance log or string cheese.


Saturdays in January:
Meet in main lobby by front desk 9:30am – 10:30am. No need to RSVP - just show up for first class and they will get you registered!
Class Dates – 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26. You must attend all classes. What to Bring: your leash, OHS apron, ID badge and tasty high-value dog treats like natural balance log or string cheese.

Saturday, January 5 from 11:00am - 12 noon in the Foster Care office in AMLC.
For all new or current volunteers who are interested in fostering, you must first attend this training. Please e-mail the Foster department at foster@oregonhumane.org or call 503-416-2980 to attend the training or if you can't make it they will be happy to set up a one-on-one training with you.

Sunday, January 6 from 9:00am -11:00am in Ehmann Classroom in AMLC.
Learn gentle hands on techniques that help relax and calm down a pets’ fears. Also learn how to use calming signals to build confidence between a pet and a person. Please e-mail newideasdance@gmail.com or call Susan at 503-293-1343 to let her know you are coming. Walk-ins are also always welcome!

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Take a look below where we have listed the basic times of day where we need help in each section. 

For January we are most in need of walkers. AM is anytime between 7am – 12 noon and PM is anytime between 3pm – 7pm (Sun - Wed) or 4pm – 9pm (Thu – Sat).

Monday AM 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28
Tuesday AM 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29
Wednesday AM 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30
Thursday AM 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31 (REALLY need the most help!)
Friday AM 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25
Saturday AM 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26
Sunday AM 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27

Monday PM 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28
Tuesday PM 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29
Wednesday PM 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30
Thursday PM 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31 (REALLY need the most help!)
Friday PM 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25
Saturday PM 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26 (REALLY need the most help!)
Sunday PM 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27

IMPORTANT: Please be sure to remember to sign in when you come to volunteer and that you pick the correct area you will be working in. For instance if you are doing Pet Pals, do not hit the dog walking button, but hit the correct Pet Pal button on the kiosk. Thank you!

Below is a list of the amount of dog walking volunteers that we had sign in each day and time period LAST WEEK so you can get an even better idea of when we need the most help. 


DEC Sun- 23 Mon -24 Tue -25 Wed -26 Thu - 27 Fri- 28 Sat - 29

All morning and evening teams are recruiting for new team members as well! Would you like to join? If so, please e-mail Kim Hudson or call 503-416-2995. 

NEW! Here we will now be posting the dates and times that Youth Volunteers are scheduled to be in the shelter so that dog walkers know when we might need more help walking if Youth aren't hear to help out that day or time. We will post this schedule a month at a time.

Friday, Jan. 4 - Youth here 10-12 and 4-6
Saturday, Jan. 5 - Youth here 10-12 and 4-6
Sunday, Jan. 6 - Youth here 4-6
Monday, Jan. 7- NO YV's
Tuesday, Jan. 8 - NO YV's
Wednesday, Jan. 9 - NO YV's
Thursday, Jan. 10 - Youth here 10-12 and 4-6
Friday, Jan. 11 - Youth here 4-6
Saturday, Jan. 12 - Youth here 10-12 and 4-6
Sunday, Jan. 13 - Youth here 4-6
Monday, Jan. 14- NO YV's
Tuesday, Jan. 15 - NO YV's
Wednesday, Jan. 16 - NO YV's
Thursday, Jan. 17 - Youth here 10-12 and 4-6
Friday, Jan. 18 - Youth here 10-12 and 4-6
Saturday, Jan. 19 - Youth here 10-12 and 4-6
Sunday, Jan. 20 - Youth here 4-6
Monday, Jan. 21- NO YV's
Tuesday, Jan. 22- NO YV's
Wednesday, Jan. 23 - Youth here 10-12 and 4-6
Thursday, Jan. 24 - Youth here 10-12 and 4-6
Friday, Jan. 25 - NO YV's
Saturday, Jan. 26 - Youth here 10-12 and 4-6
Sunday, Jan. 27 - Youth here 4-6
Monday, Jan. 28 - NO YV's
Tuesday, Jan. 29 - NO YV's
Wednesday, Jan. 30 - NO YV's
Thursday, Jan. 31 - NO YV's
Friday, Feb. 1 - Youth here 10-12
Saturday, Feb. 2 - Youth here 10-12 and 4-6

For January we are most in need of cattery help on weekday nights from 3-7pm (Mon - Weds) and 4-9pm (Thurs & Fri) and on Saturdays (anytime between 10am – 9pm) and Sunday afternoons (anytime between 10am – 7pm)! 

Morning and Evening shift needs:
January : all weekdays

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Lewis - 137800

Name: Lewis  Code Number: 137800  Date Available: 12/4/2012   Adoption Fee: $150
Type: Dog     Breed: Foxhound/Mix   Pattern: Tri Color     Color: Tri Color/Unknown
Gender: Male     Age:   4 Yr, 1 Mo     Weight: 71.3125 lbs. Location: Westside Lexi Dog - Call ahead for availability

WESTSIDE ADOPTION CENTER: I am at Lexi Dog on 6100 SW Macadam Ave. Portland, OR 97239 (503-245-4363). This handsome, strapping gentleman is Lewis. He needs someone who is looking to go on long walks, and allow him to do what he does best, sniff! He may never be completely trustworthy off leash. Lewis loves to be with people but likes things on his own terms. He would rather give a high five than a hug. After all, he is a dog not a stuffed animal. He will need a home with older children who understand this. Lewis came to us from the Lewis Co. Animal Shelter through the Second Chance Program.

Sinter Claus - 139119

Name: Sinter Claus  Code Number: 139119  Date Available: 12/13/2012   Adoption Fee: $10
Type: Bird     Breed: Dove    Pattern: White     Color: White/Unknown
Gender: Unknown     Age:   8 Mo Location: Habitat - 4

Sinter Claus is a very social dove who lived with the other doves here at OHS. Doves are known for their soothing Coo Coo Cachoo calls and even a call that sounds like Jolly Joker laughter! While not difficult birds to care for, they do require regular care and attention regarding their living area to ensure they remain clean and healthy. Doves are very social birds and prefer to live in flocks, their adoption fee includes multiple birds.

Todd - 137759

Name: Todd  Code Number: 137759  Date Available: 11/25/2012   Adoption Fee: $35
Type: Cat     Breed: Domestic Short Hair   Pattern: Blue     Color: Blue/Unknown
Gender: Male     Age:   6 Yr     Weight: 10.5625 lbs. Location: Westside Lexi Dog - Call ahead for availability

WESTSIDE ADOPTION CENTER: I am at Lexi Dog on 6100 SW Macadam Ave. Portland, OR 97239 (503-245-4363). Todd is a gentle and sweet boy who is ready to show you how wonderful he is! He enjoys quiet environments where he can relax and enjoy his day. Todd has lived with another cat in the past and may enjoy a feline friend in his new home. Todd would prefer a home with no dogs as they tend to scare him. Come meet Todd and prepare to fall in love!

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We have catapulted ourselves into the new age and have created a Facebook group page just for the Oregon Humane Society Volunteers!

This is a place where you can:

  • Talk to fellow volunteers.
  • Discuss animals you have a fondness for.
  • See announcements from OHS about events and special goings on.
  • Post cool pics of you and your animals or you with OHS animals.
  • Just come and say hi!

This is a closed group to the public and only Active OHS volunteers may join. After clicking on the link below you just need to:

  • Sign in under your own Facebook account.
  • It will then bring up the OHS Volunteer group page.
  • Click the Ask to Join Group button in the top right hand corner.

We here in the Volunteer department will then approve those requests. If you ever do become Inactive in the future for some reason, you will be removed from this group.

So, come on everybody and become a part of our new Oregon Humane Society Volunteers Facebook group! We would love to have you join!


(Any other groups on Facebook that say they are an OHS Volunteer group page are NOT an official OHS group! The only official group is at the link above).

This group will be consistently monitored by the OHS Volunteer department.

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Remember, we would love if you could make some time in your schedule and come down and help all of our magnificent animals find a good home! 

We have a web-based system where OHS volunteers are able to:

- Schedule their own hours
- View and/or print a report of their logged hours
- Update their profile information so that it is current
- Log in hours on your own for commute time (all other hours except the ones listed on the time sheet page online must still be e-mailed in to the Volunteer department. Hours done at the shelter still require you to log in and out of the volunteer kiosk)

Please go to www.oregonhumane.org and click on the Volunteer Link, then the 'Adult' link and at the top of the main volunteer page you will see a link to the Volunteer Information Center.

We highly encourage all volunteers to use the online scheduling system and that way you can see what days and times we need more help and see how many other people are signed up for the day(s) you would like to volunteer.

Or schedule yourself on the touch screen kiosk located in the Volunteer Services room! 

Kim Hudson (this volunteer news written especially for you by Kim!)
Volunteer Resources Coordinator

Kristin Bigler
Volunteer Resources Manager
Oregon Humane Society

Main Line 503-285-7722 ext. 204


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OHS Volunteer Department Contacts:

Kristin Bigler
Volunteer Manager
(503) 285-7722, ext. 204

Kim Hudson
Volunteer Coordinator
(503) 285-7722, ext. 204