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  • May 1, 2009

    Volunteer Management: Building a Successful Volunteer Program

    Animal shelters are often so desperate for volunteers to offset their small budgets that their volunteer programs are developed quickly, with very little structure or planning. A more successful approach is to step back, slow down, and plan a volunteer program in a series of building blocks, in order to prevent major problems and support healthy growth.

  • January 1, 2009

    Volunteer Management: During Tough Times, Fund What's Free

    In this new department, two experienced volunteer managers make the case that, during tough economic times, a well-managed team of shelter volunteers is more important than ever.

  • November 1, 2008

    Please Curb Your Volunteer

    Problem volunteers can create a major challenge for shelter managers seeking to channel their work into productive, progressive operations. Learn some strategies to build and maintain a strong volunteer program.

  • November 1, 2008

    The "101" Department: Sweating the Small Stuff

    Sometimes sweating the small stuff can be a good thing'especially when little details translate to a big public response. Inside are eight simple steps to a mini-makeover, ones you can take without shouldering the cost for a surgical facelift.

  • September 1, 2008

    Green's Gonna Getcha

    Choosing an environmentally friendly route for your animal shelter can offer healthier, more natural, and more cost-effective means of operation, but with potential hurdles down the road, it's wise to look both ways before going green.

  • July 1, 2008

    A Little Help for a Lot of Territory

    Faced with serving an area that covers more than 3,800 square miles, the animal control department of New Mexico's Dona Ana County is using volunteers for tasks that don't require specialized training.

  • July 1, 2008

    Off Leash: A Whole New Ball Game

    NFL player Jarrod Cooper has played ball with Dolphins, Rams, Eagles, and Panthers ??? but now Oakland's shelter pooches are getting a turn, too.

  • July 1, 2008

    Will Your Response be a Natural Disaster?

    A mock shelter evacuation illuminates the good, the bad, and the potentially lethal during crisis response.

  • July 1, 2008

    Online Extra - Getting Ready for Inspection

    Properly maintaining animal shelters is not just a matter of doing the right thing for the animals, the employees, and the public; it's also a matter of staying on the right side of the applicable health and safety regulations. The regulations vary across the country, but here's how one state handles shelter inspections.

  • July 1, 2008

    The "101" Department: Maintenance Matters

    A coat of paint here and a leaky faucet there may seem like back-burner stuff when you're busy saving lives, but properly maintaining your shelter now will save money later and pay off in improved animal care.

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