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  • January 1, 2012

    Kids Rock!

    Does your shelter need an energy boost? By recruiting young people, you can acquire a volunteer force that’s brimming with energy and enthusiastic about helping animals.

  • November 1, 2011

    Show Me the Money: Cat Lady Takes on IRS—and Wins

    A U.S. Tax Court decision emphasizes the right of animal welfare volunteers, especially fosterers, to deduct expenses.

  • September 1, 2011

    Volunteer Management: Not Like Starting Over

    In her final column for Animal Sheltering, Hilary Anne Hager offers takeaway lessons she's learned during 10 years of volunteer management in animal care environments--key among them that there's no need to reinvent the wheel.

  • May 1, 2011

    The Long Haul

    In Tanzania, Humane Society International works with local animal welfarists to improve the treatment of working donkeys.

  • May 1, 2011

    Volunteer Management: People Who Need People

    Recruiting new volunteers should wait until you've built a strong foundation, and your program can handle the increase in numbers. Here's how to find the right people.

  • January 1, 2011

    Volunteer Management: Avoiding the Bait and Switch

    Whether they work in a truly volunteer-positive environment or one that's still struggling to make the employee/volunteer gears mesh effectively, it's vital that volunteer coordinators be honest with prospective volunteers about what to expect.

  • November 1, 2010

    For Better and For Worse

    A recent study explores which volunteer management practices make for happy shelter employees.

  • September 1, 2010

    Volunteer Management: The Tracks of My Volunteers

    While it can be difficult for volunteer managers to find time to create and maintain a system to track information related to their volunteers, doing so will ultimately save time and help you get the most out of your volunteers.

  • May 1, 2010

    Volunteer Management: 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.

  • March 1, 2010

    Behavior Department: Making Babies? First, Make Baby-Ready Pets

    For a pet who's used to being the center of attention, the arrival of a newborn child can be an upsetting experience. But some shelters are showing expectant parents how to adjust their routines beforehand to make their pets baby-ready and prevent them from being relinquished unnecessarily.

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