The HSUS offers a wide range of programs to support the work we all do with volunteers in our organizations. Under the "Programs" tab, you'll find professional development opportunities, discussion groups and scholarship opportunities. Under the "Policies" tab, you'll find a library of materials from groups around the country you can use as a reference. In the "From the Magazine" tab, you'll find a series of articles that examines all angles of volunteer management, including step by step instructions and advice to help you build the program you need.
Resources and Articles
From the Magazine
Helping board members and volunteers understand the difficulty of making euthanasia decisions.
Designed as a handout for people interested inbecoming foster caregivers for needy animals.
Policies & Programs
This list-serv for volunteer managers (paid or unpaid) in animal protection groups not only provides the opportunity to connect with peers for solutions and suggestions, but also offers access to the archive of previously asked questions and answers, and is searchable by topic.
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.