Community cats are found across the United States and have become an important topic in the animal welfare community. In Arizona, 30,000 cats were brought into Maricopa County animal shelters in 2013 — and the trend isn’t exclusive to the area.
Recently, the first mental health survey for veterinarians found that one in six have contemplated ending their lives. Another study conducted by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that animal welfare workers have a suicide rate of 5.
We often hear: “It’s all about the animals,” but really, it’s not all about the animals. As CEO of a Humane Society, I’m immediately suspicious during any job interview when an interviewee states that they, “love animals more than people.
We all know what a healthy animal looks like, right? What about a healthy facility? Maybe not. A healthy facility is a well-managed shelter where both animals and people have their needs met by ensuring that three basic components are fulfilled: 1.
As animal welfare and animal care and control professionals, our biggest challenge and opportunity is to educate our constituents: staff, volunteers, potential adopters, donors, or even a board of directors. Education is crucial to success because lack of education or miseducation can deeply hurt our organizations’ animals by perpetuating detrimental myths.
Most of our organizations wouldn’t be able to provide all the life-saving services we do if it weren’t for the generous support of devoted volunteers. From walking dogs and socializing cats, to answering visitor questions and counseling adopters – volunteers are a workforce driven by love.