And then comes the physical exam…

I obviously have an axe to grind, so some people aren’t inclined to take me at my word, which is fine.

This woman certainly doesn’t seem to have an axe to grind and wrote an incredibly kind piece about New York City Animal Care and Control. After she attended an info session, paid $25, went to an orientation, completed four on-line classes, and completed an in-shelter tutorial, she was finally allowed to assume the incredibly difficult task of walking a shelter dog. What, no cavity search and tax audit?

NYCACC regularly acknowledges that they need volunteers and fosters. If that’s the case, why try so hard to drive them away? Walking a dog or socializing a cat isn’t rocket science.

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  • mikken

    Want to walk a dog or two? Fine, we just need your first born, your fingerprints, and power of attorney…

  • former ACC volunteer

    The new protocol for volunteers was implemented several of months after Julie Bank took over as the executive director. During this time, no new volunteers were recruited. When finally announced, the protocol turned out to be a maze of rules and regulations expanding ACC rights to dismiss volunteers, limit their hours, areas of the shelter and animals they can work with, locking cages (keys to padlocks were notoriously hard to locate). At the same time volunteers were assigned more responsibilities: clock in and out so that ACC can take credit for “creating successful program,” endure a meeting with a volunteering dept staff member, purchase tee shirts, take training sessions plus on site training (if one was trained to walk dogs in the Manhattan shelter and wanted to volunteer in Brooklyn, a new session pertaining to Brooklyn dogs had to be scheduled. Brooklyn dogs are different, y’know?)

    ACC insisted on training existing volunteers, even though most of us walked ACC dogs and socialized ACC cats for couple of years. We were resistant to training because it took time which we wanted to spend with the animals. In the end many of the “old guard” went through the hoops in order to be “allowed” to stay. Some of them, however, left disgusted and discouraged, especially when it became clear that the new protocol limited our chances to help animals who were not getting better care under the new management.