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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.
Proper staff training in the shelter is a necessity for both newcomers and seasoned workers in order to ensure humane animal care as well as public and staff safety—but how do you provide the needed resources for your staff?
Humane Society University, an affiliate of The HSUS, has received a license as a higher education degree-granting institution by the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission. What does that mean for you? Read on.
Because cats entering your shelter will be exposed to many other cats and airborne viruses, they depend on you to protect them from disease. And vaccines are among your best tools to do the job.
A clean cage will minimize the spread of diseaseand will reflect the level of care that your shelter provides each animal. An improperlydisinfected cage invites health problems in cats and may even increase the animals' stress level.
Do it correctly and you ensure your canine residents a healthier, less stressful stay. But do it incorrectly and you essentially put out a welcome mat for all the germs and bacteria that can make life miserable for the dogs.
Even if you have only limited experience with animals, you probably know your way around a dog leash and have little trouble handling a Siamese. But odds are you have considerably less experience picking up a chinchilla orholding a hedgehog.
The listed terms are commonly used in such fields as anatomy, physiology, and epidemiology, and make up much of the technical jargon that veterinarians use to describes symptoms, illnesses, even surgical techniques.
Use this animal care staff training outline from the Humane Society of Carroll County in Maryland as a guide to help you develop your own staff training manual.
Use the equipment list, new officer training checklist and body armor policy from the Humane Society of Carroll County in Maryland for your field services staff.
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This program of Energize, Inc. is offered to animal protection groups free of charge. This training resource offers monthly webinars or self-paced instruction guides in a variety of topics throughout the year, including access to trainers and an immense archive of materials on each subject.
This is a group for managers of volunteers (both paid and volunteer) who work with animal shelters, breed placement groups, and other animal welfare organizations. Join us in exploring issues related to staff-volunteer relations, volunteer recruitment, training, retention, and supervision. This is a great opportunity to share ideas and improve the experience for volunteers as well as discuss the benefits they provide to our organizations.
Feeling overloaded on incident-command acronyms? Figure them all out with the ASPCA's helpful guide.
Missing Pet Partnership is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to reuniting lost companion animals with their owners/guardians. They offer a 5-day Missing Animal Response Course for animal industry professionals.
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