Scheduling for charity

@dawnald (84146)
Shingle Springs, California
June 28, 2013 12:48pm CST
So I volunteer for a no kill cat rescue. It's all volunteer, and we wouldn't be able to take cats and dogs in if it weren't for volunteers who foster the animals during the week. We have adoption events out of PetSmart on the weekends. Some of our cats stay there during the week, and somebody is always on call to come out and handle a weekday adoption, if needed. I schedule the volunteers for the weekend events. I rely on the other core volunteers to tell me what's going on. In other words, if somebody is going to be out, if the adoption center is going to be closed, etc., if they give me advance notice, I will put it in my mailer so that the volunteers know things like "we need extra help Saturday afternoon" or "we're closed on Sunday". If they don't tell me this stuff, I send out mailers that aren't right, and have to send updates. People stop volunteering, and don't tell me to drop them from the list, so it looks like we have way more people than we do. Really, if it weren't for a core group of volunteers, we wouldn't function at all. We get new people in, and some people stay, but most decide it isn't for them. I volunteered for the job because I live somewhat distant from the rescue, and it's something I can do easily without having to travel. It was a 35 minute drive from my home to go in, and now that I've moved, it's more like 45 minutes. I could look for a closer rescue, I suppose, but I like the group and the people. The group adopts out over 600 abandoned cats and dogs every year to good homes, so it's a worthwhile effort. Most of those cats and dogs would end up in high kill shelters if it weren't for groups like ours. Like Bob Barker used to say on "The Price is Right", help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered.
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