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Study examines effects of euthanasia and HR procedures on shelter turnover

Study examines effects of euthanasia and HR procedures on shelter turnover

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Let’s not kid ourselves: Working in an animal shelter is never going to be easy. The high employee turnover at shelters reflects the difficulties of the work: Shelter jobs are physically and emotionally demanding, requiring an ability to move seamlessly from cleaning cages to interacting with the public to nursing the wounds of abused animals. And the salary of most shelter employees wouldn’t pay Paris Hilton’s annual dry-cleaning bills.

But most people aren’t in it for the money—and that’s all the more reason to give them other incentives to stay. A recent special report published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (“Impact of euthanasia rates, euthanasia practices, and human resource practices on employee turnover in animal shelters,” Vol. 230, No. 5) finds that certain work practices improve retention—thus helping preserve the accumulated knowledge and commitment that trained staff bring to their work.

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