Pet foster program of VAW shelter clients in Ottawa and surrounding areas

Board Member & Volunteer Job Opportunities

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Call for Applicants: Lead Foster Homes

*This is not a Board role.

Reports To

Director of Animal Welfare

Responsibility

It is the responsibility of a Lead Foster Home to coordinate with the foster homes assigned to them to ensure they have enough supplies and support as needed. They will be the foster homes first point of contact if they need anything or there are any problems.

Duties

  • Manages a maximum of 20 foster homes in their neighborhood
  • Completes all home visits for new fosters (applications sent by the Director of Animal Welfare)
  • Builds ongoing relationships with foster homes
    •    > Minimum of once per month for an in home visits when there is a pet in the home, or 1 phone call/email when there are no pets in the home to maintain community relationships and build foster retention
  • Oversees and assists foster homes with smaller issues (supply runs to foster homes, simple training solutions – potty training, chewing, mental games)
  • Follows up with the Director of Animal Welfare on any issues that may require a higher level of attention
  • Finds alternate placements when fosters are on vacations (can be from any neighbourhood)
  • Assist in continuing to develop the SafePet Ottawa foster program guidelines, procedures
  • Receives Lead Foster training from the Director of Animal Welfare
  • Expected to attend yearly training for foster homes
  • Can act as foster homes

Experience

A Lead Foster Home should have animal rescue experience, and any administrative experience is considered an asset.

Knowledge

A Lead Foster Home should have an understanding of basic animal care, grooming needs, and some understanding of acceptable behaviour.

Personal

A Lead Foster Home will ideally have 2+ years as a foster home with a reputable rescue organization.

If you are interested in becoming a Lead Foster Home please send an email to FOSTER@SAFEPETOTTAWA.COM with the following application included:


LEAD FOSTER HOME APPLICATION:

    1. Full Name
    1. Home Address and Daytime Phone Number
    1. Which community sector(s) would you be interested in managing?
    1. How did you learn about SafePet Ottawa?
    1. Why are you the best candidate for this role?
    1. What is your past experience in the animal rescue community?
        • How experienced are you with dogs?
        • How experienced are you with cats?
      • How experienced are you with other animals?
    1. What kind of training methods are you most familiar and comfortable with?
    1. What is your experience in managing and empowering a team of individuals?
  1. What else would you like us to know about you?

Please provide answers drawn from personal experience to these theoretical situations:

    1. A foster calls and says they have allergies to the foster pet in their care and they want the pet out ASAP. What would you do?
    1. It’s 8:30pm on a Saturday night and despite doing your home visit 2 days ago the foster has *shockingly* ran out of dog food. What is your plan?
    1. Your foster home breaches the rules of confidentiality they agreed to adhere to when they joined the SafePet program. How would you handle that situation?
  1. The foster calls to tell you the puppy keeps peeing on the carpet. What steps would you advise them to take?
Call for Applicants: Supplies & Transfers Coordinator

*This is not a Board role.

Responsibilities include:

Transferring and delivering donated supplies, which can include the following but are not limited to:

  • Animal crates
  • Animal food (restrictions in place on accepting food)
  • Fostering equipment for animals, including clothing, booties, etc.
  • Reporting to a designated SafePet Board member on a continuous basis
  • Maintaining inventory of supplies and keep note of items that require replenishing
  • Transferring supplies to a designated SafePet storage facility for safekeeping immediately after supplies are picked up or shortly thereafter

Estimated time requirement per week: 2-4 hours (depending on amount of donations that we receive)

Apply for this position by email to volunteer@safepetottawa.com

Call for Applicant: Board Secretary

Reports to

President

Responsibility

The Secretary has the responsibility for all official minute books and shall act on the board’s behalf in accordance only with SafePet Ottawa resolutions, policy statements, board motions and policy guidelines.

Term

The Secretary is elected for a one or two year term at the first board of directors’ meeting following the annual general meeting.

Termination may occur at the end of the elected term, by resignation or pursuant to current SafePet Ottawa by-law.

Duties

The Secretary ensures that all policy statements and by-laws are current and adhered to.

Secretary duties include:

  • ensuring that minutes of all meetings of the SafePet Ottawa board of directors, executive committee and members are recorded;
  • signs a copy of the final approved minutes;
  • ensures that minutes are distributed as required;
  • is a member of the executive committee;
  • responsible for ensuring a proper policy on retention of SafePet Ottawa documents and records;
  • determines members eligibility to vote; and,
  • ensures that an up-to- date copy of the by-laws is available at all meetings.

Experience

Previous experience in a similar position for a non profit organization preferable. Minimum one year prior membership on SafePet Ottawa board of directors

Knowledge

The Secretary should have an understanding of the effective functioning of charitable organizations and good communication skills.

Personal

The Secretary should have the ability to work cooperatively with other board members and staff.

Apply for this position by email to president@safepetottawa.com

Call for Applicant: Intake Director

Reports To

The President

Responsibility

It is the responsibility of the Intake Director to liaise with shelters & other intake points to arrange training for their staff, facilitate the intake of animals into the SafePet program and work with the Director of Animal Welfare as needed.

Term

The Technical Director is elected for a one or two year term at the first board of directors’ meeting following the annual general meeting.

Termination may occur at the end of the elected term, by resignation or pursuant to current SafePet Ottawa by- law.

Duties

  • answer intake emails (Intake@SafePetOttawa.com) and phone calls pertaining to potential foster intakes;
  • gather information on incoming pets via our PET PROFILE- to be sent to the Director of Animal Welfare;
  • schedule intake vet visits and exams;
  • continued contact and correspondence with owners/shelters including sending the bimonthly updates from the Director of Animal Welfare
  • Schedule exit exams when a foster is due to return home
  • Build and maintain relationships with Ottawa anti-violence shelters and other applicable organization

Experience

This role involves a high level of contact with the social workers and the animals owner. Someone with a background in social work would be preferred.

Knowledge

The ideal applicant will understand the violence link, the human-animal bond and how the shelter systems work.

Personal

The Intake Director should have the ability to work cooperatively with other board members, volunteers and staff.

Apply for this position by email to president@safepetottawa.com