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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.
Are you ready to implement a behavior program? An online course series from Humane Society University will help you answer that question and develop the tools you need to get started.
Learn what it takes to be a smooth operator.
Only when employees have a clear understanding of their responsibilities and their place in the staff hierarchy can they perform well and enjoy their jobs. This comprehensive job description for "Animal Caregiver Level 1" at Woods Humane Society in San Luis Obispo, California, spells out the organization's vision, provides pertinent details about the position, and lists the duties required of the employee.
The road to a healthy work environment can start with a simple document that describes the ideal interactions among staff.
A former dog trainer and groomer, Nadine Gourkow spoke with Animal Sheltering about strategies for helping shelter kitties.
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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Want to connect with your colleagues in the animal care and control field? Check out these networking opportunities.
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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