Hi, I have tried to search for this topic but could not find anything although I can't believe our rescue is the only one that has this issue. Please forgive me if I am duplicating anything.
Our rescue started small and we are all volunteers with no home base. Our adoptions are done via foster homes and pet stores. As we grew and more volunteers came on board, different personalities have surfaced and factions have been created. If we as a rescue could put all of our efforts and focus into saving just the cats and doing what is best for them, we would be much more effective and things would be smooth. However this is not the case. There is division among the directors and volunteer supervisors and intake people as well as foster homes. It almost seems like we have 3 small rescues operating in one. How do other rescues deal with internal politics and certain volunteers in key roles insisting on doing things their way instead of following procedures? It is causing so much stress for some of our volunteers and directors. How can we not just all care about the cats?
In a paid employment setting, I am sure that some of these people would be put on report or fired although that would not stop the petty gossiping and bullying. Because we are all volunteers, this type of solution is not really available to us.
So how do we get to work in harmony and get over this? I would appreciate any feedback and ideas.