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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A busy and long day

It's been a few days since my last blog and I apologize, it's been pretty busy shuffling schedules making sure there is enough staff on duty. That also means that I have to cover shifts and because I can be lazy at times the blog has certainly suffered.

Anyways, on with today. I began my morning by taking out all of the dogs to their runs for their first potty break. Once that was done I tackled the kennels on the South side of the shelter and got to scrubbing. I am always surprised at the amount of bird poop that can accumulate on certain ledges in the kennels. Even with our handy dandy owl statue to scare them away, the birds still come for a free meal of dog food. Once that was done it was time for a special morning meeting, the topic, rabbits.

This class about rabbits has been a long time coming. Every time there is a rabbit showing it seems everyone asks everyone the same questions and never really get a straight forward answer. That was all about to change when we had a rabbit "specialist" come in to talk to the staff and a few volunteers. I have to say, this was one of the most informative classes that I have had at the shelter and that's saying a lot. We learned everything about how to handle rabbits differently from every other animal because they are "prey" animals and don't react to people the same way as dogs and cats. We also learned how to distinguish breeds, which are better for kids, and the big one of why they are so much happier as a bonded pair than alone. It was truly an informative class and it certainly gave me the confidence to take on any rabbit showing. If you have any questions about rabbits don't hesitate to ask in the comments section, I feel now that I am better prepared to answer.

Once the class was over it was right into the slow part of my day, which lasted until five. The reason I say it was the slow part was because myself and another staff member had interviews with potential new hires pretty much all day long. I have to say that I am quite amazed at the job pool that companies now get to pick from. We had over forty five applicants the first twelve hours the ad was posted. From those applicants there was everything from engineers, retired military, masters degree holders, and much much more. Just about every walk of life I guess wants to help animals.

The interviews went well but me being me had to be very truthful about what the job entails. I really didn't sugar coat anything. In fact I might have been a little too truthful. I discussed everything from cleaning to handling DB's to becoming certified as a EBR tech (which by the way I am not). We were able to week through the candidates and narrow it down to a few solid candidates. We ended up offering the job to an animal sciences degree holder who was truly enthusiastic about what we at the shelter do. I think she will be a good addition to the shelter and to our team of staff.

Thanks for reading everyone, hopefully tomorrow I can talk about some adoptions rather than the hiring process of the shelter. Remember, if you aren't following on google or facebook I would really appreciate it and of course I look forward to your comments.

1 comment:

  1. Glad the rabbit class was so informative. We have had bunnies at our shelter every so often, and they are definitely very different from cats and dogs. Sounds as though the new hire is perfect for the position, so congrats on weeding through all the applicants. Keep up the great work. :)