My over-reaching goal is to try and get our canine volunteers involved in more than just coming for a weekly dog walking shift. I've got three things I'm going to try and encourage more of them to join in on:
1. Field trips and off-site events. We have just a couple people who do these, and I would love to get more volunteers comfortable with the idea of taking a dog somewhere new. Right now I'm trying posting requests on the behalf of particular dogs, and it seems to generating a little interest. One fairly new volunteer ended up doing 3 field trips in as many weeks, and seemed to have as much fun doing something new as the dogs she was accompanying!
2. Generating adoption promo content. I know plenty of them are taking cute photos of the dogs while cuddling or out on walks, so I want to encourage them to send them to our social media staff member, and give them the funny stories and individual quirks that will help the dogs stand out.
3. Get more volunteers to foster. We do have a lot of volunteers who come because they are not able to have a dog in their current housing and need some canine time, but I'd love to get the others involved in fostering, even just short-term, "weekend" fosters for stressed dogs. These folks often already know a fair bit about these dogs and common behavior issues we see in the shelter, so it would be ideal if we add some of them to our foster homes.
(I should probably also add organizing my office/storage space to this list!)