April is National Volunteer Month -- help paint the Oregon Ferret Shelter!

April is National Volunteer Month -- help paint the Oregon Ferret Shelter!
April is National Volunteer Month. Come to the Oregon Ferret Shelter and do some good for the more than 200 resident ferrets.

What: April Shelter Painting Party

When: Saturday, April 21st
Time: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Where: The Oregon Ferret Shelter, 17560 S Holly Lane, Oregon City, OR 97045, Telephone: (503) 557-8369

Have you wanted to become more involved with volunteering, but you didn't know which charity would be the most rewarding? Do you love animals? And do you love the unique playfulness and charm of ferrets?

April is National Volunteer Month. All across the nation, people are discovering how they can best give back to their community. And Portland's ferret community needs your help too. The shelter is looking for ferret lovers to help make the OFS a better place for its more than 200 resident ferrets.

This weekend, you can "test-drive" the Oregon Ferret Shelter by attending the April 2012 Shelter Painting Party. You can use this opportunity to be a short-term volunteer and find out if Portland's ferret community is your kind of place with your kind of folks.

Here is what's happening: A group of college students from Lewis and Clark have volunteered to come out and paint the main room of the Oregon Ferret Shelter. Approximately 30 students will be on site on April 21st from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

But before they can paint, the shelter needs to get a lot of prep work done. On Saturday, April 21st, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., volunteers will be needed to clean and dry the walls, sweep, and get the area clean.

If you can help out on Saturday morning, please contact the Oregon Ferret Shelter's Event/Volunteer Coordinator Kim Reynolds at (971) 570-4549.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering for the Oregon Ferret Shelter on a more frequent basis, please visit www.oregonferretshelter.org/volunteer.htm. Here are some of the things the shelter needs volunteers for:

  • Shelter Cleaning Day — consists of cleaning each cage, feeding, checking water bottles, and letting the ferrets out to play
  • Clipping Toenails — handling each ferret and trimming toenails (after proper training)
  • Enrichment of Ferrets — changing out toys and putting ferrets out to play
  • Ferret Adoption Outreach — visiting different stores, such as PetSmart or Petco, with ferrets from the shelter that are up for adoption, and educating the public; done on a monthly basis
  • Sewing — making bedding and toys for the shelter ferrets
  • Petfinder.com — updating the internet adoption site for adoptable ferrets
  • Office Duties — filing, making copies, organization, and so forth.
  • Shelter Upkeep — sweeping, mopping, organization of supplies, and so forth
  • Veterinary Transport — transporting ferrets to and from the vet's office
  • Newsletter/Website — helping with the production of the newsletter and/or updating the website

The shelter works with individuals of all skill levels, kids (under 14 must be accompanied by an adult), students, community service people, and much more. There are always ways for people to contribute.

Please email the shelter at [email protected] or give the shelter a call at (503) 557-8369 for further information. Or you can call the OFS' Event/Volunteer Coordinator, Kim Reynolds, directly at (971) 570-4549.

If you would like to find out more about the shelter and what it does in the community, please go to www.oregonferretshelter.org/home.htm.