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Marion/Polk Community Cat Program Stakeholder Meeting


Are you concerned or interested about what’s being done to humanely control the overpopulation of free-roaming cats in our community?  Then you won’t want to miss the quarterly stakeholder meeting of the Marion Polk Community Cat Program (MPCCP, formerly known as Free-Roaming Cat Advocates). 

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Willamette Humane Society
4246 Turner Rd SE, Salem

At the upcoming meeting, you’ll learn about ways you can become involved in the partnership as a supporting organization or a community cat program volunteer.  You’ll receive an update on the progress made since the last meeting and can ask questions about the program, including its set goals and measures for increased surgery capacity.


The Marion Polk Community Cat Program is organized and administrated by:

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Marion Polk Community Cat Program is to provide sterilization services to unowned cats in order to reduce cat overpopulation. (Sterilization services are defined as:  Sterilization spay or neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, ear tip procedure, and FVRCP vaccination.  Other veterinary services may be provided if determined necessary by the attending veterinarian).


Through the MPCCP, participating organizations and supporting community members will share information and resources to trap, neuter and return free-roaming cats on a large scale and in a coordinated manner.  Our data suggests that any means of population control would need to reach 50-75% of the free-roaming cat population to be effective, so we set goals that will dramatically increase our trapping and surgery capacity over time.

Get Involved

To get involved, or for more information, please contact Monte Turner, the MPCCP Community Liaison, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Messages may also be relayed through WHS by fax at 503-585-7906, or by phone at 503-585-5900.

Congratulations to our Humaneitarian Award Recipients

(Salem, OR)— Local animal advocate Denise Smith accepted the 2014 Humaneitarian Award at a special public reception on Wednesday, April 16, at the Pringle Hall Community Center.  In its eighth year, the Humaneitarian Award is presented by Capitol Subaru, sponsored by Salem Electric, and recognizes a person or group who exemplifies Willamette Humane Society’s mission of providing compassionate services to pets and people.


When asked about her motivation for her humane work for animals, Smith said, “How we treat animals feels like a reflection of our society.  I wish to live in a community that helps animals and so I want to be one of those individuals myself.”  Smith’s expansive activities to serve people and pets in our community were apparent to the seven-member selection committee of animal-welfare and community leaders reviewing the nominees.  In addition to her support and volunteer work for Salem Friends of Felines, Coalition Advocating for Animals, Lost & Found Pets of Salem, and other regional groups, Smith has privately funded veterinary care for people at risk of surrendering their animals due to medical conditions, and helped transport animals and their owners when needed.  She utilizes the internet- including Craigslist and Facebook- to network resources, educate breeders about shelters and pet overpopulation, help owners find their lost pets, or to help interested adopters find the right pet for their needs.  Smith is actively engaged in local programs to trap, neuter, and care for free-roaming cats.  She has also rescued or helped to rehome countless dogs, cats, and even horses.

In addition to the Humaneitarian Award, Willamette Humane Society presented the Golden Paw Award, the Young Paw Award, and the WHS Volunteer of the Year Award at the ceremony.


The Golden Paw Award went to Krystal Kraig, a WHS volunteer who has fostered over sixty animals, transported countless others to local vets and Petco adoption centers, and has served on WHS event committees for fundraisers Bowser’s Boo Bash and the WillaMutt Strut- a Fun Run & Walk spearheaded by Kraig for the last three years.


The Young Paw Award went to WHS volunteer Brianna Bouchie, a founding member of the WHS Humane-a-Teens, which is a self-guided youth volunteer group that focuses on promoting adoptions through their outreach and shelter improvement projects.  She has volunteered since she was twelve as a dog walker and Kennel Buddy to help prepare dogs at WHS for adoption.


Finally, the 2014 WHS Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Barb Cash for her stalwart service as a dog walker, cat transporter, and volunteer coordinator.  For Cash, the welfare of the animals at WHS is paramount.  She goes above and beyond to look after each pet she meets during her shift, and communicates with staff and volunteers about their needs, condition, or behavior.  Under Cash’s leadership, the Kennel Buddy volunteer program was created to socialize dogs in their kennels during a medical quarantine when they couldn’t be taken for walks.  The program was such a hit with the dogs and the volunteers that it became a permanent volunteer role.

Thank you to the Humaneitarian Award Recipients and Nominees for their exemplary work for the animals of our community. 

Snip ‘n Chip- Cat Spay & Neuter Special


Thanks to grant funding from the Karen Schroth Foundation, the Willamette Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic is offering a Snip & Chip special every Wednesday in May, 2014!

This special allows a limited number of $20 spay/neuter surgeries for cats owned by residents of Marion or Polk County who currently receive some form of government income assistance (such as food stamps, unemployment compensation, disability income, etc).
The surgery package includes:

  • Spay or Neuter Surgery
  • A microchip
  • A collar and customized ID tag

When scheduling your cat’s appointment, let us know if you are eligible for this promotion. You will be asked to show proof of eligibility (ID cards or documentation).  Ask about other services available at the time of surgery, including vaccines, nail trims, and treatment for ear mites, worms, or fleas.

To schedule a surgery appointment or for questions about services and eligibility, please call 503-480-7729, or e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Career Opportunities- Executive Director Position Open

We are currently hiring!  Join our team of dedicated professional staff to serve the pets and people of our community!


Current Openings at Willamette Humane Society

Current Internships at Willamette Humane Society


How to Apply

A complete application package will include:

Download the application form or pick one up at the shelter at 4246 Turner Road SE, Salem, 97317.

Click here to learn more!

20,000 Surgeries in the Spay & Neuter Clinic


On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, a little black cat named Wednesday became the 20,000th animal spayed or neutered in the Willamette Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic!

Supported by community donations and grants, the WHS Spay & Neuter Clinic offers subsidized rates to everyone for cat and dog surgeries, and even lower cat surgery rates to clients who receive government income assistance. 

Through grant-funding and donations, the clinic offers free humane trap rental and spay & neuter surgeries for un-owned cats in the community through the Fix-a-Feral Program.

After more than four years of planning, preparing, and fundraising, the Willamette Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic opened on January 18, 2010 as a built-on addition to Willamette Humane Society (WHS) at 4246 Turner Rd SE.  Based on Willamette Humane Society’s mission of providing compassionate services to pets and people, the clinic is dedicated to ending shelter overpopulation by making spay & neuter surgeries accessible for all income-levels, and for unowned cats in the community.

In 2012-2013, the clinic altered 1,291 dogs, and 3,235 cats.  Of the cats, 6% were from partner rescue groups, and 20% of owners qualified for reduced surgery rates with proof of government income assistance.  Over 84% of clients reported not having a prior relationship with a veterinarian.

Learn more or schedule an appointment by calling 503-480-SPAY (7729), or e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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.

View and Print Meeting Minutes Here

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.

For more information, please call 503-585-5900, or e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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 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.


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