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In our changing world, shelter & rescue groups often have a need to find volunteers who have specialized skills in addition to walking dogs and cleaning litter boxes. Things like marketing, social media, IT, and accounting are some skills that are highly sought after.

- What are some specialized skills that your organization is looking for this year?
- How do you go about finding the right people who have the skills you're looking for?

  • Sasha mom    February 16, 2019 at 08:42 PM

    Well, as a pet groomer who went through training at muddy paws, I had the privilege of working with lots of rescue dogs. I can't tell you how many ways the grooming process was mutually beneficial. The joy that comes from transforming a stray into a star is amazing. Knowing we can help pets, help people is why I became a groomer.

  • Cliff    February 07, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Interesting and timely topic.

    I am a computer scientist and data scientist who has a deep passion for animals finding their forever homes.

    I am looking to chat with shelters about needs they have that might be solved by technology. We are looking at building something to help shelters/humane societies across the country.

  • SilverCometAWA    January 29, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Many corporations provide employees with compensation for volunteer hours. Usually Fortune 500 type employers. If any local to you, might approach their HR department to partner with available resources/match desired skill set to those interested in volunteering. <3

  • Lu,ckyleo7    January 11, 2019 at 07:45 PM

    We recruit retired school teachers to take a dog to school and read to the class

    • Ogre's mom    January 17, 2019 at 01:55 PM

      I have just volunteered to work as an educator for my shelter. What are some of the books which are read to classes? Any suggestions for other activities? How do you contact schools about availability? What grades are most open or appropriate? Please and thank you.

      • Diane    January 30, 2019 at 07:29 AM

        Check out resources from Red Rover

        • Ogre's mom    January 30, 2019 at 10:41 AM

          Thank you, will do.

      • SilverCometAWA    January 29, 2019 at 12:37 PM

        If you haven't already, take a look at resources available through Institute for Humane Education and Association of Professional Humane Educators (I think this one requires membership to access resources).

        You should also be able to find lesson plans related to rescue through STEM.

        WWF (World Wildlife Fund) has resources available if you want to venture outside of companion animals.

        • Ogre's mom    January 30, 2019 at 10:44 AM

          Thanks for really useful information. In desperation I actually wrote a little book entitled "Scooch, Pooch (or how NOT to train a dog.)" Your info sounds much better.

      • Lu,ckyleo7    January 18, 2019 at 08:00 PM

        Currently, we are going to schools Monday and fridays. We are reading to 6th grade students. The teacher picks the books. We take two dogs for the children to play with. I hope this helps you

        • Ogre's mom    January 19, 2019 at 08:28 AM

          Thank you.

  • Keegan Spera    January 10, 2019 at 05:59 AM

    Teaming up with a local school's business program/class or PR/Marketing program/class is a great way to access interns, campaign project assistance, social media influencers, etc.