Last October Home At Last received a great donation to replace our old heat pump. This winter was a rough time with snow and ice which filled the new heat pump and we had to run on emergency heat in order for the heat pump to thaw out. This is where Derek V. comes into the picture. He signed up to volunteer and mentioned he was a carpenter and would like to offer his services to Home At Last. He looked at the heat pump, drew up a design , and built a wonderful cover for our new heat pump.
Home At Last started re-visiting the Senior Centers in our area last week. Thursday is The Springs with co-volunteer coordinator Kelsie and volunteer Margaret C.; Friday is Columbia Basin with co-volunteer coordinator Geanna and volunteers Tim C and Abby W. alternating weeks; Saturday is co-volunteer coordinator Bev and volunteer Derek V. and son alternating weeks with another volunteer (to be determined). We had a great time visiting with the residents and it so great seeing the smiles on their faces. Looking forward to the upcoming weeks!!!
A big THANK YOU to Cub Scout Troop # 398 for spending Saturday morning at Home At Last and helping with some extra special projects. Troop Leader Ken Theimann and his pack; Jack Theimann, Nathan Bucio, Jarrett Thompson, and Maxwell Thompson. They helped with cat care, crate cleaning, and yes even patrolled the grounds. Great job!!! We loved having you here!!!
We have received another litter of four puppies in need of your help. They are a Corgie mix and approx. 6 weeks old. There are eating solid food. They are as cute as cute can be. If you are interested in helping, please call Home at Last at 541-296-5189. This is mom and two of the puppies, so you can get an idea of their size. If you missed out on helping with the last litter of 9 now is your chance to share your home. All you need to do is fill out a foster application, it will be reviewed and approved by the staff, then you can help by being a foster. Thank you for your help in advance. What a wonderful community we have.
Thank you to the fosters who have helped with the puppy crisis. We have been able to place 6 of the 9 puppies in foster care. We still 3 puppies if another family would like to help with the care of these beautiful babies.
Home At Last is in need of foster help for a litter of 9 one month old puppies. We can break up the litter or send them all together. The litter came to us late Friday night and are hanging out in our modular. Currently they are being housed in medium kennel and they need some room to run and play. We are asking our great community if they are able to assist in providing a wonderful foster home until the puppies are old enough to be adopted. If you are interested please contact Home At Last at 541-296-5189. (Video to follow)
Bob and Evilo Wimmers are both longtime HAL supporters and volunteers. Being in their senior years does not slow them down one bit when it comes to finding ways to support the shelter and the animals.
So when they heard that there quite some repairs needed around the shelter, they asked for a list of items and promised to get the word out to friends and volunteers. Little did we know that this senior “Super-Couple” would take it upon themselves to start chopping off one item after another off our repair list.
On top of many smaller but time-consuming repairs Bob constructed a brand-new cat room door to replace the old one which was falling apart. He also took off our office door to take it home and turned it into a Dutch door, which helps greatly with keeping the air flowing as it was getting very hot in the reception area.
And they’re not done yet – they just came by to take measurements to make plans to replace the olden broken flooring in our reception office, which staff jokingly names our little Miniature Grand Canyon!
Bob and Ev – you are absolutely amazing and we cannot thank you enough!
Thanks to Google Volunteers Today!
About 14 volunteers from Google spent the morning today helping around the shelter. They did a fantastic job freshening up parts of the front of the building. It looks a lot better and helps make a good first impression. A lot of effort was spent prepping for our Garage Sale. Our original plan was for the Googlers to price the items but they took it upon themselves to actually set up the whole Garage Sale. They took a random pile of boxes and items, and organized the items into categories, just like how you would want to see it at a garage sale. The van was given a good cleaning, which there is never any staff time to do. The can and bottle sorting operation had a lot of help and made a good dent in the backlog. There were some good ideas for improving the operations, identify the bottleneck and how to remedy it. Some of the time overlapped the volunteers from Opportunity Connections and everyone had a good time working together.
The Googlers were highly effective, hitting the projects efficiently and doing a great job. Their efforts made a visible improvement to Home At Last and we greatly appreciate their generous donation of time and effort.