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  • May 1, 2010

    Take Time for Training

    Both inexperienced and expert volunteers can be helpful to your program, but the last thing you want to do is bring in "green" volunteers and fail to provide them the training they need. Learn how to match volunteers' skill sets to the tasks that need to be done.

  • January 1, 2010

    Making It Work

    Amber Van Leuken, grant writer (and former assistant manager) at the Ark-Valley Humane Society in Buena Vista, Colo., recounts how the shelter revamped its volunteer program to fit its needs, rather than simply making do with whoever walked in the door that day.

  • January 1, 2010

    Volunteer Management: A Framework Allowing for Change

    Our columnists'both of whom have recently made career transitions'discuss how the volunteer programs they directed were able to survive during periods of change.

  • September 1, 2009

    Volunteer Management: Leading Change at Your Shelter

    Changes to a volunteer program require thoughtful and deliberate planning and action. A common mistake is to rush into making multiple changes without laying the groundwork to ensure success. Here's how to avoid that error by moving forward in stages.

  • 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

    Check Out Our Shelter Software Survey

    We recently conducted a survey of a long list of software providers. Their answers are now available here, so if your organization is looking for new software, check out the survey results.

  • 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.

  • January 1, 2009

    An Update on the Asilomar Accords

    More than four years ago animal welfare leaders from around the country drafted the Asilomar Accords, a set of guiding principles, shared definitions, and formulas for tracking live release rates from shelters. Read the Accords and learn more about how they can benefit your animals and your shelter.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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