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NOW HIRING: Program Coordinator

NOW HIRING: Program Coordinator

PROGRAM COORDINATOR
The position is Part-Time (30 hours a week).

Basic overview of job responsibilities are: Working on and keeping up-to-date all social media outlets, coordinating adoptions , communicating and educating the community, finding and working with volunteers, and finding reliable fosters and rescue programs.
The ideal candidate will need to be comfortable with and be able to handle animals of all sizes, has computer/ social media knowledge (and the desire to learn more including websites, internal tracking systems, and Facebook analytics) and has strong oral and written communication skills.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Desire to work w/ shelter animals and adhere to shelter and HSPC policies. Personal views on pet ownership should not affect the policies of the shelter.
  • Ability to handle all sizes of animals. During adoptions, return to owners, transport for events, etc. animals will have to be handled by the Program Coordinator. It is imperative the Program Coordinator have confidence in handling animals of all breeds, ages and sizes.
  • Strong computer skills and desire to learn website updating, Facebook Analytics and any programs utilized for shelter work (PetFinder, PetPoint, etc.)
  • Excellent written and communication skills. The Program Coordinator serves as conduit for the HSPC to the shelter and its staff. Regular communication w/ the HSPC Board President and the Animal Control officers and shelter staff is necessary. The Program Coordinator interfaces with the public regularly.
  • Basic knowledge or desire to learn, about animals and their needs while in the shelter.
  • Ability track, document and retrieve data for all programs.
  • Flexibility and willingness to assist when needed.
  • You will have sole responsibility of the HSPC website and (some) shared responsibility of the HSPC Facebook Page. Answering messages, posting HSPC and Shelter updates, and maintaining all aspects of the website will be absolutely necessary.

ADOPTION PROGRAM:

  • When a new pet has arrived and they have been through their intake period and have received their vaccinations, you will need to take pictures so the animal can go online to show people looking to adopt what is available.
  • Our website, Facebook and PetFinder account need to be up to date and you’ll need to keep up with maintenance with the all sites.
  • Advertising, event planning and execution are extremely important because this allows more than just our county to be able to see our available animals.
  • Keep up with paperwork and registration on Pet Point.
  • You will need to keep up with all adoption paperwork including online applications. Being organized is key, you will need to notify families on their adoption status- approving/ denying applications
  • Scheduling appointments for Meet and Greets (meet ups for applicant’s dog and the dog they are interested in). Also scheduling and overseeing family meetings to ensure that they animal is the right fit.
  • Working with the shelter staff to assess animal personalities and finding the right fit of family for each animal.

 

VOLUNTEERS:

  • Overseeing, orientation/ training and managing the volunteers at the shelter.
  • Recruiting new volunteers.
  • Sending monthly emails to volunteers for updates and to just keep in contact with them so they feel needed- to ensure we have a great outcome on volunteers regularly.
  • Maintaining volunteer calendar at shelter for staff- if you have them on a regular set schedule
  • Corresponding with volunteers about shifts, if needed.
  • Training new volunteers on shelter policy and procedures.
  • Scheduling and oversight of volunteer calendar,
  • Securing volunteers for offsite events, ie: adoption events.
  • Maintaining volunteer forms, keeping them organized and updating excel spreadsheet with every new volunteer.

FOSTER PROGRAM:

  • Recruiting foster families for animals in need.
  • Approving/denying foster applications.
  • Assess animal’s behavior and individual needs.
  • Placing animals in appropriate foster homes after ensuring that, that is the right home for them.
  • Coordination with foster families about adoption events, that way you can have the animal back to show at the event in hopes for adoption.
  • Keeping up to date with animal’s medical needs and their progress with foster family.
  • Meet and greets; ensuring foster animals are visible at the shelter (pictures available).
  • Scheduling foster pick-ups and returns.
  • Weekly updates to shelter staff on which animals are in foster.

RESCUE PROGRAMS:

  • Finding specific breed rescues or general rescues.
  • Seeking out and contacting rescues needed.
  • Presenting the shelter and HSPC in a positive and honest manner towards the rescue.
  • Coordinating rescue transport if needed for the animal(s) leaving the shelter.
  • Filling out all rescue related paperwork.
  • Assessing animals in the shelter to ensure those needing specific rescue are addressed quickly.
  • Building relationships with rescues.

EXPECT TO:
(THIS IS ONLY SOMETHING THAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN ABSOLUTELY NEEDED)

  • Spend (some) time at the shelter caring for the animals, when absolutely needed by the Animal Control Officers or staff. This may include:
    • Walking dogs when needed.
    • Socializing with the cats and dogs.
    • Assisting with medical paperwork.
    • Return to owner paperwork and scheduling.
    • Cleaning, feeding, etc.

Interested candidates may submit their resume and cover letter, in person, to Rescued Treasures.
Rescued Treasures is located by the Goodwill on Indianapolis Rd. in Greencastle, Indiana.

Courtesy Postings

Courtesy Postings

Although the Humane Society of Putnam County shelter is currently closed, we are still dedicated to helping lost and abandoned animals find homes.  We cannot accept animals at this time, but we will happily help spread the word through the Humane Society of Putnam County Facebook Page and through flyers in our store, Rescued Treasures.

Spay and Neuter Assistance

Spay and Neuter Assistance

The Humane Society of Putnam County announced the launch of a new no-cost spay/neuter assistance program to Putnam County residents and their pets in June.

This new program provides a free spay/neuter, paid in full by the HSPC, to Putnam County residents looking to fix their pets, and help keep the animal population under control in the county.

This free voucher can be redeemed at SPOT Clinic in Cloverdale and will cover the full cost of a cat or dog spay/neuter for up to two pets per household per year. Pet owners should plan to provide proof of rabies vaccination upon arrival, but for animals not currently vaccinated for rabies, the voucher will also cover the cost of bringing the animal up-to-date on their rabies vaccine, if assistance is needed.

Spay/Neuter vouchers can be picked up at Rescued Treasures (1021 Indianapolis Rd.) on Fridays and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The HSPC Board of Directors has been working actively on raising funds and creating a new spay/neuter assistance program for Putnam County residents. The HSPC has announced that in a soft roll-out of the program, in less than two months, 15 animals in Putnam County have been fixed, and vaccinated for rabies, totaling more than $500 in assistance.

Thanks to the support of groups like the 100 Women Who Care, local donations and fundraisers, and the participants of the HSPC 5K, as well as the support of SPOT clinic, the Humane Society is able to provide this assistance without barriers on program applicants.

Please direct questions to hspcanimals14@gmail.com or (765)653-7174.  Leave a message if nobody answers, and we will return your call as soon as possible.

What Should I do if I Find an Animal?

  • Many people have asked us what they should do if they find an animal since there is not currently a shelter.  Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to take in animals, but we do have some helpful suggestions of how you can save that animal’s life and find it a home.

    Sadly, we are unable to place animals at this time.  Without an operating shelter, we do not have the resources to provide assistance with animal placement.  However, we will happily help with courtesy postings online or through our store bulletin board if you choose to take the animal into your home until you find a permanent placement.  We can also provide you with contact information for local area rescue groups who may be able to assist you. Call our store at (765)653-7174.

    If you find a lost pet, it is important to attempt to find the owner before keeping the pet permanently or adopting to another family.

    • The Hoosier Topics and Banner Graphic post free ads for lost and found pets.
    • Post signs in your neighborhood.
    • Take the animal to a vet or groomer to see if the pet has a microchip.

    If you cannot find the owner and decide to make that animal a member of your family, we may also be able to help with spay/neuter assistance.

    If you decide to look for a new home for the animal, we suggest that you consider the following:

    1.  Ask if they have other pets.  If so (or if they once did), ask for the name of the veterinarian to insure that the family takes care of them. Call that office.  Also, ask what they would do if other pets in the home do not accept this new member of the family.
    2. If they have never had a pet, make sure they know the costs and responsibility in owning one.
    3. Request that they take the pet to a vet for shots and examination within a week.
    4. If the pet is not spayed or neutered, make sure the adopter intends to have this done as soon as possible.
    5. Be sure to tell the potential adopter any of the pet’s behaviors and needs you have discovered.
    6. Make sure you have contact information for each other.
    7. Be sure to explain how you acquired the pet so that the adopting family cannot blame you for theft or withholding information about future behavioral or health issues.