Top Traits of an Effective Animal Shelter Volunteer

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According to statistics, more than 64 million Americans were involved in some kind of volunteer work, but how do you find the right volunteers to work with animals? That’s a question we’ll help answer.

In this article, we discuss what to look for in an animal shelter volunteer and we’ll suggest where to find animal shelter peers for joint projects, so keep reading.

They Love Animals

The first and most important aspect of finding a volunteer to work with animals is to love animals genuinely. Animals can sense hostility, so if you assign an animal shelter volunteer that doesn’t like animals, you could make a huge mistake.

To find out whether a volunteer loves animals, do an initial interview and ask relevant questions. Positive body language during the interview can also help determine whether they’re sincere about their answers and their concern for animals.

They Enjoy Long Walks

Like humans, animals need physical activity to maintain the proper weight for their age and breed. It can also benefit their mental health. Some animals, such as dogs, are more likely to exhibit destructive behavior when they’re bored and confined indoors. Taking them out for a walk can help them stay fit and even offer mental stimulation.

The perfect candidate for a volunteer at an animal shelter won’t mind taking dogs, cats, or other sheltered animals for walks. In fact, they should enjoy doing so. If you’ve shortlisted the best candidates for your animal shelter staff, find out how each of them feels about going for long walks and spending time with different animals.

They Don’t Mind Getting Their Hands Dirty

Volunteering at an animal shelter is not all fun and games but also hard work. Sometimes, volunteers must deal with stubborn animals and challenging situations.

An animal shelter volunteer should not be afraid to do dirty work, like cleaning kennels, bathing and feeding animals, and addressing basic grooming needs. If a volunteering candidate hesitates to do these jobs, that’s your red flag.

They Own Pets

A volunteer in an animal shelter is not required to own pets to be a good worker, but being a fur parent helps. During the initial interview, ask the candidate whether they own or had pets in the past. Their experience in caring for animals can help you assess whether they’re qualified for the job.

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