Construction and support of Newberg Animal Shelter

by Newberg Animal Shelter Friends
Sarah Williams-Jarred and shelter dog Baye
Sarah Williams-Jarred and shelter dog Baye

On October 3rd, the Newberg Animal Shelter celebrated with an Open House.   We celebrated with a face painter, taco wagon, dog trainer , City K9 unit, popcorn and raffles.   The shelter lobby was filled with customers, the shelter store stocked new inventory, videos displayed names of donors and adoptable animals.    Our donors looked for their newly installed paver or bricks in the front patio.   Seven kittens were adopted!   It was a very successful, fun day.   We can't say THANK YOU enough to our supporters. 

The Open House was a good opportunity for the community to meet our new Shelter Manager, Sarah Williams-Jarred.  Her picture is included.   She is working hard to care for our animals and find them good new homes. 

The Newberg Animal Shelter Friends are operating the shelter, as well as, continuing to finish the building with an HVAC system.   In my last report, I mentioned how HOT it was this summer in the lobby and cat room areas.   We need to get an HVAC before next summer's heat.    

We are working on our future events and building a good infrastructure of shelter volunteers to clean and care for animals.  This is no small task.   Our challenges grow as the business grows.   

Thank you for your support, whether it be volunteering, donations of supplies, funding or prayers.
Our animals appreciate YOU! 


We hope you're keeping cool during some of our hottest summer days!  

We have good news...........on July 1st, Sarah Williams-Jarred started her new job, as Shelter Manager.  We're really excited to have a full-time experienced Shelter Manager to allow us to provide more services to the public. Soon we will be open longer hours and have the ability to do pet outreach events and provide other services that we have not had the ability or manpower to do.    In the past, Sarah has been the Assistant Manager at Homeward Bound Pets in McMinnville and has Vet Tech certification to help us with many operational duties.   We are thrilled to have her at the Shelter.    

Our next big project, will be to get an HVAC system installed by next summer.   This summer has been very hot and without ventilation and cooling, the building is almost unbearable.  We are trying to cool the shelter the best we can, by watering down the kennels and setting up as many fans as possible.    We have a one-room air conditioner, that cannot handle the job of cooling the entire building.   The animals are taking the heat well and we are doing what we can to keep them comfortable.   Hopefully we will have a cooling trend soon!

We have some fundraising events planned for the fall and there will be more details coming in the next report.  

Thank you for your continued support and please visit our website and FaceBook pages. 

On March 2, 2015, the Newberg City Council approved the lease contract with the Newberg Animal Shelter Friends (NASF)  to operate the animal shelter.     We've been maintaining the shelter and its operations for the past few months and now that the contract is approved, we can move forward with our operations planning. 

Our first order of business, is to hire a shelter manager to manage the daily work load.    With this position filled, we hope to have longer open hours, especially on the weekend.   Twelve volunteers have been operating the shelter, as well as, caring for their own families, animals and jobs.   It's been a fun and rewarding few months.    The volunteers will continue to care for the animals and work with the shelter manager to grow the business to provide more services to the community and allow the shelter to become self sustaining.

There's much work to be accomplished over the next few months.   The shelter and NASF websites (including the FaceBook sites) have been merged to:     We are very pleased with the feedback we've received.   

We appreciate your continued support and please check our website for events and announcements. 

We are very excited to be involved with the Newberg Animal Shelter and that it will continue to provide services to the community.   Over the past few months, it's been obvious there's a need for animal services within Yamhill County.  We have adopted dogs and cats as far away as Alaska, Seattle and throughout the Portland Metro Area.  

Thank you for your past generosity. 


How do we measure success? Over 50 dogs & cats from the Newberg Animal Shelter (NAS) have found new homes since July 1st of this year.  

It may not be as many adoptions as the larger humane society's manage, but for a new small grass roots shelter, this seems huge. With a small core group of committed volunteers, NAS is busy at work, continuing to care for stray and surrendered animals.

The Board of Directors of Newberg Animal Shelter Friends (NASF) are continuing to negotiate a contract with the City of Newberg for the leasing of the animal shelter building. While the negotiations have not dampened the enthusiasm of the shelter volunteers, work at the shelter continues. We've seen how important it is that the shelter remain in operation. Many stray kittens, malnourished and weak, have been brought to us by citizens and veterinarians. Stray dogs in the area, hurt, scared and starving, have been brought to us for care. Without our organization, who will help these animals?  There's a need for our organization and we see proof of this almost every day.

We've made great progress with organizational changes and interior finish work in our new building, but two big things are still needed.   1) An HVAC System to provide proper ventilation to the animals and allow us to intake more animals.   2)  Hiring a shelter manager which will allow the shelter to be open additional hours and increase the services we can offer the community.   All efforts will be made in these two areas, in order to be successful and sustain shelter operations.

Thank you for allowing us to experience this important work.  

NASF Board of Directors


We hope you are having a great summer! 

It's been a warm summer in the shelter without air conditioning and ventilation, but we've had plenty of fans going. 

As stated in our last report,  as of July 1st, the City of Newberg has eliminate the Animal Control Program from the city budget.  This has been a hard reality to face for the City and for NASF.  The Animal Control officer has been the director and mentor for the shelter volunteers.   To continue utilizing the new building and provide animal services, volunteers will continue to operate the shelter.   Thankfully, the Animal Control Officer is volunteering and guiding us through the transition to become a fully functional ALL volunteer operated animal shelter. 

This past month, NASF and the City of Newberg have been working on the lease contract.  We need to lease the City Shelter in order to 'operate' the shelter without City involvement.   This is a big undertaking.   We are training new volunteers and creating the ground work to be ready for the signing and completion of the contract.   Until the contract is signed, the volunteers are working together to continue with personal surrenders, holding strays and doing adoptions.   It's important to continue to care for the animals while undergoing this operational transition. 

Please refer to the shelter website for the latest news, operational hours and adoptable pets from the Newberg Animal Shelter.

Please continue to support the shelter during this transition period.   The services provided by the shelter is important to the City of Newberg, Dundee and by the County.   It is our goal to insure many of these services are still available and still provide care of our local animals. 

Thank You! 


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Newberg Animal Shelter Friends

Location: Newberg, OR - USA
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Project Leader:
Crista Eberle
Newberg, OR United States

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