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From the Magazine

Volunteer Management is a topic frequently featured in Animal Sheltering. We've gathered all of these articles in one location for your benefit.



  • The Power of Suggestion

    September 1, 2014

    Learn how to harness the power of your workers' suggestions for improving shelter operations, without running off the track.

  • Learning the ROPs

    June 16, 2014

    At Burbank Animal Shelter, kids learn to care, clean and prepare for a possible animal career.

  • Step by Step, Pet by Pet

    May 1, 2013

    Volunteer Debbie Rappuhn’s tireless and tenacious efforts to improve the lives of animals at the Florence Lauderdale Animal Shelter in Alabama are paying off—big time.

  • The Courageous, the Polite, the Einsteins

    March 1, 2013

    East Bay SPCA in California launched a canine behavior modification pilot program that trains volunteers to help its shelter dogs overcome behavioral issues that might otherwise keep them from finding new homes.

  • Friends ... with Benefits

    May 1, 2012

    “Friends of the shelter” groups can be a major boon for many agencies, but successful partnerships require a clear delineation of roles and responsibilities. See how several shelters have been able to maintain beautiful friendships.

  • Humane Law Forum: Worth the Risk

    March 1, 2012

    Got people lining up to volunteer for your organization? They’ll bring a ton of great assistance, but they may also present some liability risks. Fear not—they’re risks you can manage with the right approach.

  • Kids Rock!

    January 1, 2012

    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.

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

    November 1, 2011

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

  • Volunteer Management: Not Like Starting Over

    September 1, 2011

    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.

  • Volunteer Management: People Who Need People

    May 1, 2011

    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.

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