The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
We are seeking animal loving volunteers to fill the positions of Cat Foster and Dog Foster Coordinators! Get to know kittens, cats, puppies and dogs in our care while connecting with other animal lovers!
The foster coordinators are responsible for approving new foster homes and serving as the main support contact for current foster homes. They will process incoming foster applications in a timely manner and share training information and requirements with foster homes. They are to ensure that foster homes get their questions answered in a timely manner, regularly attend Meet & Greet events, and touch base at least monthly with each foster via email or phone. They will be sure to keep descriptions and information related to foster animals and foster homes up-to-date within Shelterluv and the Google Team Drive. The foster coordinators will assist with the placement of animals in foster homes or outside organizations (such as barn placement or sanctuaries), meet & greet events, and adoption specials related to foster animals. The foster coordinators will also work with the vetting coordinator to ensure that foster animals get the vet and medical care that they need while in the custody of CSHS.
Foster coordinators will work with the Intake Coordinators to bring in and place animals in the most appropriate foster homes available. They will assist the Adoption Coordinators to facilitate adoptions of foster animals and the Cat Adoption Center Manager in cases where fosters may be transferred between the shelter and foster homes. The Foster Coordinators will report to the Animal Care Team Manager, especially regarding complicated situations, the need for placement of animals outside of foster homes or the shelter, updates to training/information relevant to foster homes, or special issues regarding specific foster animals or foster homes. The Foster Coordinators will serve as a resource for foster homes, in support of the mission and vision of CSHS.
Expectations & Desired Skills
Ability to work courteously and cooperatively with volunteers and staff of CSHS, as well as the public
Work as part of a team, supporting the mission and vision of CSHS, including support of "Fur Keeps" surrender prevention and "Adopters Welcome" initiatives
Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including patience, compassion, problem solving, the ability to be professional and organized, detail-oriented, and work with diverse people from varied backgrounds
Access to internet at least 1-2 hours per day (to update foster records, respond to emails from foster homes and fellow CSHS volunteers or staff)
Smartphone needed, for receiving text messages and accessing emails when needed, especially for coordinating veterinary care for foster animals
Ability to work on multiple tasks, sometimes under tight deadlines
Ability to respond promptly to messages from foster homes and CSHS volunteers or staff, especially regarding emergency situations
Proficiency in Google tools (such a Google Drive, Gmail, Google Voice)
Good judgement, keeping in mind the mission and values of CSHS
Demonstrates compassion for people and animals
Ability to handle stressful or awkward situations involving foster homes, including the willingness to be assertive with foster homes when needed
Familiarity with and willingness to learn about animal care and behavior and previous experience in working with animals is desired
Experience working within the animal welfare/rescue field is highly desired
Animal Care / Handling
CSR / Volunteer Coordination
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
15 hours per week
Access to internet and ability to text/call to communicate with vets and foster homes regularly