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Most employees and volunteers at shelters are there because they want to help animals. But animals alone usually aren't enough to keep everyone interested in staying. These articles on improving staff retention and employee/volunteer morale can help you identify problems at their root and prevent your team's attitude and performance from being positive and enthusiastic to stale or even worse.

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  • Interview Confidential

    Tips for job-seekers about what makes a candidate stand out and tips for those hiring about how to find the right staff.

  • Don't Believe Everything You Think

    When we don't know the whole truth about a situation, we often assume the worst and end up believing our assumptions to be reality. However, we can do emotional harm to ourselves simply by creating such false tragedy.

  • You Make Things Better for Animals ...

    Complaining may feel good, but it often doesn’t improve a situation and can be a major drag on those around you. Fortunately, each of us has the power to change our thinking and behavior, making a better environment for all.

  • You Make Things Better for Animals ...

    Complaining may feel good, but it often doesn’t improve a situation and can be a major drag on those around you. Fortunately, each of us has the power to change our thinking and behavior, making a better environment for all.

  • Changing Your View

    Working in animal welfare, you’re guaranteed to encounter situations that push your buttons, but practicing these simple techniques can help you find healthier ways to deal with anger.

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  • General Staffing Recommendations for Kennel Caretaking

    The HSUS estimated minimum staffing formula for kennel caretaking only.

  • Shelter Diagnostic System

    This is an assessment tool designed to help private and public animal shelters run better by surveying employees and making specific recommendations based on survey results.

  • Shelter Services

    The HSUS's Shelter Services program helps shelters acquire the tools they need to ensure long-term organizational stability and success in the dynamic environment of animal welfare. No matter the size or issues facing your organization, Shelter Services is here to help.

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