Holiday Wish List
Thank you to generous donors serving our animals during this Holiday Season!
The most needed items on the animals’ Holiday Wish List are:
- Canned food for cats and dogs
- Stretch & Scratch brand cat scratchers
- Kuranda brand beds for small dogs
- Kong brand toys for dogs
Help pets find a home for the holidays!
WHS currently has 109 cats and dogs available for adoption, 58 in foster homes, and 46 others waiting for assessments, surgeries, and other care. We also expect to receive many more surrendered and stray pets this month!
Please help our animals find homes for the holidays by adopting, donating, and getting the word out to your family and friends!
Shelter Elves Youth Camp
Sign your kids up for Shelter Elves, a 2-day mini camp for elementary and middle-school kids in 4th-7th grades!
- Hours: 10 am - 4 pm
- Dec 22-23 for 4th and 5th graders
- Dec 29-30 for 6th-7th graders
Cost is $75.
After registration, complete and sign this waiver
Help win $2000 for shelter pets by voting for our Holiday tree at Salem Center!
Holiday Tree Contest! Time to vote, vote, vote every day, once a day!
If you have a phone you use to send text messages, you can help us win up to $2,000 dollars for the animals in our shelter! Volunteers crafted all the ornaments on our lovely Holiday tree on display at Salem Center Mall. If our tree receives the most votes by cell phone text, we will receive $2000 for shelter animals!
Here’s how to do it:
To vote for our tree, text “GIVE4” to 444222.
Helpful hints if you have never used the text feature on your cell phone before:
The 444222 is like a phone number, you put that in the “to” spot on your cell phone message. The “GIVE4” is the message you are sending. Type that in the message box on your phone. Hit send, and you just voted. Repeat every day until Dec.15th!
The system will accept one vote per cell number per day between November 23rd (tomorrow) and December 15th. Remember - “Standard messaging rates apply”, which really means there is no charge unless you have a very limited cell phone plan, or one that doesn’t include any texting at all.
Stop by Salem Center to shop and visit our tree, and thank you for your support!
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.
Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre to Benefit WHS
Purchase Tickets to the Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre using the special group code “WOOF”, and Willamette Humane Society will received $2 for each of your tickets!
WHEN: Tuesday, December 10, 7 pm
WHERE: Elsinore Theatre
The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets.
Each of the show’s 15 cats and 10 dogs were strays, rescued from animal shelters. Now, they love to show off onstage - by performing a variety of stunts and skits!
Audiences will be delighted to see this extravaganza of European-style clowns, amazing juggling and balancing acts, and of course, very talented performing pets. It’s a show that both adults and kids of all ages enjoy!
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