Soft Skills to Look for When Hiring Volunteers for Your Nonprofit Animal Shelter

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A study conducted to raise awareness about volunteerism in animal shelters finds that there were 64.5 million people who volunteered for an organization between 2011 and 2012. A decade later, animal shelters have better perspectives, goals, and objectives their volunteers should achieve during their stay.

However, there are specific skills that volunteers in animal shelters need to have.

Top Soft Skills for Animal Shelter Volunteers

Many volunteers you will meet will definitely love animals which is very important for this type of work. However, loving animals often involves rolling their sleeves and doing dirty work or multitasking.

Flexibility

Schedules at animal shelters are not fixed.  Although a volunteer may have to complete particular tasks, certain situations come as priorities.  For example, pets may become ill or experience tantrums.  Owners may drop by to claim their lost or stolen pet.  Volunteers must be able to adapt to new changes and prioritize their tasks.

Despite schedule management, volunteers must be flexible regarding the training.

Communication

Animal shelter volunteers often interact with pet owners or future pet owners. Hence, having excellent communication skills is a must.

Volunteers must be able to empathize with pet owners who lost their pets. At the same time, they must be objective and attentive so they don’t send any pet to a fraud owner. They should also be friendly and helpful to potential pet owners.

Direct Care

Providing direct care to sick and injured animals is very important for animal shelter workers. Many stray pets suffer from severe injuries and illnesses such as skin infections, urinary problems, and malnourishment.

An animal shelter worker is responsible for providing the needed help until the vet arrives. The truth is many volunteers love animals, but some don’t have the skill and patience necessary to address severe conditions.

Focus on Detail

Having an eye for detail is crucial for animal shelter workers. Pets often show symptoms of illness or discomfort by a change in behavior that could be easily overlooked.

Volunteers should be alert when it comes to following the pet’s behavior and always consult with the pet trainers instead of jumping to their own conclusions. They are responsible for remaining objective and reporting the conditions to the vet.

Giving Animal Shelters a Better Future

Finding the right volunteers for your animal shelter is important. They must be knowledgeable and hardworking but also compassionate and patient.

Running an animal shelter can be challenging. Aside from searching for the right volunteers, you also have to stock up on essential supplies to keep the animals healthy. At Shelters United, we support nonprofit animal shelters. We help them save more money by finding distributors and manufacturer discounts, coupons, or bonuses. That way, we boost the animal shelter supplies, help the animals in distress, and facilitate the adoption process.

We are a strong cooperative buying program exclusively for nonprofit AWOs. Our customer support team is at your service, and we always look forward to meeting new members. For any questions or queries, feel free to contact us – we love to chat with future members.

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