Monday, August 25, 2014

Upcoming Events- Plan Ahead!

As we move into fall, Hopalong traditionally gets Very Busy! Lots of good stuff to sign up for, and more to come! Here it goes!
  • When: Weekly- Monday or Fridays
  • Where: The office
  • What: Cat Care! Come help one week a morning with cat care at the office during kitten season! We've got kittens and the kittens make a mess! Help us with cleaning (and socialize!). If you're feeling brave, learn the in's and out's of vaccinating and microchipping.

  • When: Saturday, August 30th, 12-3
  • Where: Fenton's on Piedmont
  • What: 1 Dog Handler for our regular mobile, 1 driver to/from

  • When: Weekly- pick a weekly shift (Saturdays in Mill Valley, any day in San Rafael ** new!)
  • Where: Woodlands, Mill Valley and San Rafael (Marin)
  • What: Cat Care! Join our Cat Care Team as we adopt out kittens through December. This is one of our favorite places for adoptions- last year we did over 100 adoptions! These volunteers socialize kittens and help keep the place clean and healthy. Cleaning is involved :)

  • When: Ongoing
  • Where: Wherever you'd like
  • What: Help get ready for Furball!

  • When: Saturday, September 6th 12-3
  • Where: Berkeley Pet Food Express
  • What: 1-3 Dog Handlers for our regular mobile, 1 driver to/from

  • When: Saturday, September 20th 12-3 (fixed date!)
  • Where: Rockridge Pet Food Express
  • What: 1-3 Dog Handlers for our regular mobile, 1 driver to/from

  • When: Saturday, September 27th 12-3
  • Where: Fenton's on Piedmont
  • What: 1-3 Dog Handlers for our regular mobile, 1 driver to/from

  • When: Saturday, October 4th 3:00-7:15
  • Where: Emeryville Wine Walk
  • What: 4 enthusiastic tablers- help us sell tickets, gather donations and talk up Hopalong!

  • When: Saturday-Sunday, October 11-12th all day!
  • Where: Marin Civic Center
  • What: Dog handlers for a big adoptathon, mobile coordinators, cat helpers! Almost everyone gets adopted- really fun event!

  • When: Thursday and Friday, October 16-17th all day!
  • Where: Office
  • What: Help set up for Furball!

  • When: Friday, October 17th afternoon/evening
  • Where: Cerrutti Cellars (Oakland)
  • What: 5-10 volunteers- staff the event! This is a really fun evening and we will need all kinds of event staffers. Help for a little bit or a long time!

Monday, August 4, 2014

New Office System!

Hi Everyone!

I hope you're all having a great summer!

If you've been in the office lately, you might have noticed that I turned it into a total and complete mess. It's now back to a little bit less of a mess, but it's also rearranged (Thank you, William!). This is because we devised a new system to hopefully streamline volunteering and make it more fun for everyone! If you're scheduled for office-y stuff or inclined to start doing so (let me know!), check this out and next time you come in, try it out! (If you also do animal care, the procedure will be the same as it always was for animal care, but follow this for office work!)

My desk is now in the back room. Follow the paw prints to me on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Say hi! Even when I'm not here, say hi to everyone, and still follow the paw prints to my desk. A red binder now lives on my desk. 

There are three tabs: To Do, Instructions and Supplies.
  1. To Do:
    1. There is an "anytime" page- these are things that basically always need done. Take a look around and if any of these need doing AND seem like something you like doing, go for it!
    2. The next page is a To Do for the current week. These are timely things that need doing. Take a look and if any aren't crossed out AND seem like something you like doing, go for it! Each of these tasks has a "who to ask" column- please feel free to ask anyone , but specific people are also listed. We don't bite!
  2. Instructions: Every task has a page with instructions. What to do, where to look and any detailed instructions you might need. I know there are a lot of weird things around here (including the staff!), and it's hard to remember it all. If you forget, check here!
  3. Supplies: Everything (almost) is now organized and labeled. But if you're looking for something and no one is around to ask, or you don't feel like asking or you like to admire my handiwork, check out this list!
I can't wait to see you all, and please feel free to tell me what is and isn't working about this system- it's very much a work in progress, and it's supposed to work for everyone. I love feedback- so feedback away!

Thanks for all of your help, guys!

Lauren

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Opportunities July 24th and Forward

Mid-Summer Fun
  • When: Weekly- Tuesdays or Fridays
  • Where: The office
  • What: Cat Care! Come help one week a morning with cat care at the office during kitten season! We've got kittens and the kittens make a mess! Help us with cleaning (and socialize!). If you're feeling brave, learn the in's and out's of vaccinating, microchipping and drawing blood!

  • When: Saturday, July 26th
  • Where: Fenton's on Piedmont
  • What: 3 dog handler, 1 driver to/from. Regular dog mobile 12-3 at Fenton's. One dog needs a lift from Every Dog (Emeryville) to the event, possibly back if he doesn't' get adopted.

  • When: Weekly- pick a weekly shift (Monday, Friday and Saturday available)
  • Where: Woodlands, Mill Valley (Marin)
  • What: Cat Care! Join our Cat Care Team as we adopt out kittens through December. This is one of our favorite places for adoptions- last year we did over 100 adoptions! These volunteers socialize kittens and help keep the place clean and healthy. Cleaning is involved :)

  • When: Anytime!
  • Where: Home!
  • What: Help research events where Hopalong can have a presence. Think street fairs, festivals, etc. 

  • When: Ongoing
  • Where: Wherever you'd like
  • What: Help build out the humane education program. We've got big plans for the 2014-2015 school year and need help putting them into place. If you've got education experience, we'd love to hear from you.

  • When: Saturday, August 2nd
  • Where: Pet Food Express, Berkeley (San Pablo and University)
  • What: 3 dog handlers, 1 driver to/from. Regular dog mobile 12-3 at PFE

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Opportunities July 9th and Forward

Mid-Summer Fun
  • When: Thursday, July 17th am and pm
  • Where: Emeryville to Berkeley/Berkeley to Emeryville
  • What: pick up a dog at Every Dog Has Its Day Care in Emeryville at about 7:30 and bring her to Campus vet in Berkeley. Pick up the dog in the afternoon (about 4:30 ish usually) and bring her back to Every Dog. Your car- do one drive or both!

    • When: Last Wednesday of the month, 5-7pm (June 25, July 30, etc. Pick one or all!)
    • Where: Tiburon Tavern, Marin
    • What: 1 volunteer to set up and manage an event table at Yappy Hour. Every month, the Tiburon Tavern hosts a happy hour where guests can bring their dogs. We're the featured nonprofit! Schmooze and talk up Hopalong!

    • When: Daily- pick a weekly shift (Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday available)
    • Where: Woodlands, Mill Valley (Marin)
    • What: Cat Care! Join our Cat Care Team as we adopt out kittens through December. This is one of our favorite places for adoptions- last year we did over 100 adoptions! These volunteers socialize kittens and help keep the place clean and healthy. Cleaning is involved :)

    • When: Anytime!
    • Where: Home!
    • What: Help research events where Hopalong can have a presence. Think street fairs, festivals, etc. 

    • When: Ongoing
    • Where: Wherever you'd like
    • What: Help build out the humane education program. We've got big plans for the 2014-2015 school year and need help putting them into place. If you've got education experience, we'd love to hear from you.
    • When: Saturday, July 19th, 10-3
    • Where: East Bay SPCA adoptathon- Jack London Square
    • What: 3 dog handlers for the dog mobile, 1 driver to, 1 from, 1 coordinator

    • When: Wednesday, July 16th, morning
    • Where: from office to Fremont
    • What: bring kittens to get spayed! Van available or take your car

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    Hi All!

    If you haven’t heard already, we are participating in the Alameda 4th of July Parade on Friday and are inviting all of you to join us! Fosters and volunteers- everyone!

    The details:
    • Confirm with me today (tomorrow morning at the latest) that you are interested in walking!
    • Kids welcome and encouraged! You must walk with your kids if they come, but we know they are part of the Hopalong family!
    • You will meet the See Spot Run contingent at about 9:45 in Alameda near Park and Lincoln- I’ll give you exact location.
    • The walk is about 3 miles, but if you know Alameda, you know it’s flat, and the parade doesn’t move too quickly.
    • Wear a Hopalong shirt (we’ll give you one if you don’t have one), smile, wave, and show off!


    You’ll be done by noon, so you’ll have plenty of time to go catch your picnic, fireworks and other patriotic activities!

    Again, please email me ASAP if you’re interested in participating. We’re looking for at least 10 people to walk with us, and I want to make sure I get you all the details you’ll need!


    Thanks everyone, and have a safe and happy holiday!

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    Opportunities June 23 and forward

    The fun never stops!

    • When: Saturday, June 28th, 12-3
    • Where: Fenton's
    • What: 1 dog handlers for the dog mobile

    • When: Monday, June 30th, morning
    • Where: from vet in Fremont to office
    • What: bring a dog back from vet in Fremont to Oakland. Van available, or take your car.

      • When: Last Wednesday of the month, 5-7pm (June 25, July 30, etc. Pick one or all!)
      • Where: Tiburon Tavern, Marin
      • What: 1 volunteer to set up and manage an event table at Yappy Hour. Every month, the Tiburon Tavern hosts a happy hour where guests can bring their dogs. We're the featured nonprofit! Schmooze and talk up Hopalong!

      • When: Friday, July 4th, 11:30-2:30ish
      • Where: Alameda
      • What: We'll be joining Alameda See Spot run in the Alameda 4th of July parade- 3 miles of fun! Help talk up Hopalong- smile, wave, hand out postcards, drink water, etc!

      • When: Saturday, July 5th, 12-3
      • Where: Pet Food Express, Rockridge
      • What: 3 dog handlers for the dog mobile, 1 driver to, 1 from

      • When: Daily- pick a weekly shift (Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday available)
      • Where: Woodlands, Mill Valley (Marin)
      • What: Cat Care! Join our Cat Care Team as we adopt out kittens through December. This is one of our favorite places for adoptions- last year we did over 100 adoptions! These volunteers socialize kittens and help keep the place clean and healthy. Cleaning is involved :)

      • When: Saturday, July 19th, 10-3
      • Where: East Bay SPCA adoptathon- Jack London Square
      • What: 3 dog handlers for the dog mobile, 1 driver to, 1 from, 1 coordinator

      • When: Anytime!
      • Where: Home!
      • What: Help research events where Hopalong can have a presence. Think street fairs, festivals, etc. 

      • When: Ongoing
      • Where: Wherever you'd like
      • What: Help build out the humane education program. We've got big plans for the 2014-2015 school year and need help putting them into place. If you've got education experience, we'd love to hear from you.

      Wednesday, June 18, 2014

      Wednesday!

      Hi everyone!

      I hope today finds you well and celebrating a great A’s win! Or at least celebrating all of the great adoptions- we can barely keep kittens in and send thanks to all of the dog fosters who have been answering our requests so quickly! We hope those guys will go very quickly as well.

      Today is one of those “ask-y” emails- I’ve got a ton of things coming up and lots of cool ways you can participate!

      As always, all of the details are on the weekly blog- this is something I started about 6 months ago to help all of us (me included) to help keep track of what’s available. I think that blogs might be a little 2007, but it is a quick way to both share the details of what’s coming up in case you want to jump on something AND to keep these emails from being newspaper length (newspapers might also be a little 2007, but you know what I mean!)

      Here are the short versions of what’s needed- any and all help is really REALLY appreciated! There are a ton of other things- things from home, further out events, etc.
      ·         This Friday: A drive to pick up fixed kittens at Aborn (Fremont). Van available, timing flexible!
      ·         This Saturday (the 21st) from 12-3: Basically EVERYTHING for a dog mobile at the Pet Food Express in Rockridge- a coordinator, 3 handlers, a driver to/from.
      ·         Tuesday, June 24th: A morning drive (between 7:30 and 8:30) to shuttle a little dog for her neuter appointment from a daycare in Emeryville to a vet in Berkeley. Short drive, your car.
      ·         Ongoing Marin opportunities- cats and events- talk to me or read the details.

      ·         July 4th: walk in the Alameda 4th of July Parade! Have a great time, hold a banner, hand out postcards, etc. 11:30-2:30 ish. Still plenty of time for other events. Bring the kids!