Summer Camp Registration Opens March 1
Enroll your child in a summer camp offered at WHS!
Select a link to learn more about:
- Camp Paw Paw, offered for children going into grades 1-5
- Junior Trainers Camp, offered for children going into grades 5-8
Vote for WHS in the Statesman’s “Best of” Contest
The Statesman Journal is currently tallying votes for its “Best Of the Mid-Valley” list. Voting is open from February 14 - March 10.
Willamette Humane Society was nominated for:
- Best Non-Profit (Find it in the “Shopping & Services” Category)
- Best Use of Social Media (Find it in the “Things to Do” Category)
- Best Place to Volunteer (Find it in the “Things to Do” Category)
- Best Thrift Store (Find it in the “Shopping & Services” Category)
- Best Veterinarian (Find it in the “Shopping & Services” Category)
- Best Pet Store (Find it in the “Shopping & Services” Category)
- Best Place to Buy a Unique Gift (Find it in the “Shopping & Services” Category)
You can vote once a day in each category through March 10th, so be sure to log on every day and cast your vote for Willamette Humane Society! You can also encourage your friends to vote on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #SJBestOf. Thank you for your support!
Free-Roaming Cat Advocates “Town Hall” Style Stakeholder Meeting Results
Free-Roaming Cat Advocates (FRCA) hosted a “town hall” style stakeholder meeting at Willamette Humane Society to address the issue of community cats on Thursday, January 23 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
The meeting focused on the free-roaming cat overpopulation in our community, to develop coordinated solutions with active input from attendees.
Special guest Dorinda Pulliam directed the meeting. As former Animal Services Director of Austin TX, Dorinda led a successful campaign to reduce and manage the city’s cat overpopulation through Trap Neuter Return (TNR) and Spay & Neuter efforts. She is volunteering her expertise for our community at the request of FRCA.
There are an estimated 88,000 “owned” cats in Marion & Polk Counties, and an additional 70,000 free-roaming “community cats” made up of lost, abandoned, loosely-owned, and feral (cats born wild). Currently only 2% of community cats are sterilized versus 85% of owned cats, and they produce 80% of the kittens each season.
Cat overpopulation is a matter of concern for community members, city officials, wildlife agencies, and animal welfare groups. Sanitation, pet abandonment, wildlife predation, uncontrolled breeding, shelter euthanasia, and the general welfare of cats on the street are just a few of the concerns.
Working together, we can develop coordinated solutions to stabilize the cat population and create a better life for felines and community members in Marion & Polk Counties.
View a complete recording of the stakeholder meeting:
Free-Roaming Cat Advocates (FRCA) is an organically structured group of representatives from Willamette Humane Society, Salem Friends of Felines, The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, The Coalition Advocating for Animals, and independent community members.
Fred Meyer Community Rewards can Help Animals at WHS
You can help Willamette Humane Society earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!
Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:
- Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Willamette Humane Society at http://www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 87675.
- Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Willamette Humane Society earn a donation!
- You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
- If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
- For more information, please visit Fred Meyer Community Rewards.
2012-2013 Annual Report and Audited Financials Now Available
See how your donations, volunteer work, and adoptions made a difference for the animals at Willamette Humane Society last year!
Our annual report will give you details about how many animals were adopted, transferred to rescue groups, or returned to their owners. It will show you the impact of our Spay & Neuter Clinic, and reach of our Volunteer, Humane Education, and Behavior & Training programs. It also illustrates how your donations are used for the animals. You will receive a hard-copy of the annual report if you subscribe to the winter edition of our quarterly newsletter, Brief Paws.
Click on the preview below to see the full report listing.
Bowser’s Boo Bash Photos
Wing of Rescue Transfer
Martha Russell, who features adoptable dogs on her Adopt-an-Oregon-Dog blog, and Volunteer of the Year, Randy Mills, waited for the dogs on the tarmac as the plane landed.
Martha captured the extraordinary moment to share:
Pet Allergy Breakthrough Research by WHS Volunteer
Are you allergic to cats? Regardless of hair length and how much a cat sheds, the real allergen is a protein from a cat’s saliva, which varies in each cat.
Luckily, WHS volunteer and West High School senior, Savannah Tobin, recently developed an affordable and non-invasive swab-test to determine if a cat is “hypoallergenic”. Savannah created the methodology to test for the protein Fel D1, the primary allergen in cat saliva, after a year of trial and error in the biochemistry lab at Willamette University. She first started with a control group of her own cats, and later tested a larger group of mixed-breed adoptable cats at WHS to verify her results. Savannah swabs saliva from a cat’s mouth, then quantifies the protein using the qPCR technique in the lab. Savannah received Best in Biochemistry at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her research.
Blood diagnostics for allergens are invasive for the feline test subjects, and not available to the public. Savannah’s swab-test is a breakthrough that- with funding and development- could allow allergy-sensitive adopters to choose a companion with confidence.
See Savannah’s interview on KATU
Are you upgrading your computers at work or at home? Please keep Willamette Humane Society in mind for your old machine!
The dust and hair from the animals we shelter takes its toll, and we are constantly in need of replacements.
- SATA Hard Drive
- 2 GB of DDR2 RAM
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit processor
Willamette Humane Society to Seek New Executive Director
The Willamette Humane Society Board of Directors will launch a search for a new executive director following the recent resignation of Joan Towers.
“We wish Joan well and thank her for her accomplishments, including helping us restructure the organization for greater financial stability, reach a higher save rate for dogs and cats, and for her advocacy work in the legislature,” said Board President Brian Klein. Towers, who joined WHS in 2010, remarked: “I want to thank the many compassionate donors, dedicated staff and committed volunteers who helped us achieve so many outcomes. I am proud of the improvements we created together, and look forward to bringing these experiences to other service organizations.”
The board appointed Finance & Business Operations Director Lynn Chriestenson as interim executive director. Chriestenson received her business degree from the William Woods University in Fulton, MO and spent the past 10 years in the retail field, combining both accounting and management. Before coming to WHS, she was the General Manager of the Fort Collins Food Cooperative in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she led the business back into solvency. She joined the Willamette Humane Society in January.
Chriestenson will head an experienced leadership staff, including Shelter Director Jennifer Kaser who has 13 years of experience caring for animals, serving the public, and managing staff at Willamette Humane Society. Development & Communications Director Susan Carey served as Executive Director of Willamette Humane Society for 8 years before shifting roles to lead the fundraising efforts of the organization in 2009.
Klein thanks supporters and the public for their support during this transition, and expresses confidence in WHS staff and volunteers to provide compassionate services to pets and people.
Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk counties. WHS provides pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training—and reduces pet over-population through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 49 member staff, and 700+ volunteers who serve over 6,000 dogs and cats each year.