Terri is now working/volunteering full time Monday – Friday. Here she is with our helpful clinic cat, Scout:
We receive over 50 phone calls, messages, Facebook messages, and emails A DAY! Most can be handled quickly, such as putting you on the spay and neuter list or the home visit list. Others require some discussion and several calls back and forth. Please be patient; we are doing our absolute best to help you and your pet. And please leave a message. If Terri doesn’t answer, she is speaking with another wonderful client. She will get to your message as soon as she can.
If we don’t have a volunteer to answer the phone on weekends or holidays, we put an extended absence greeting on. If you have an urgent need, you may try to contact us through email (Contact Us) or Facebook. Please note that we often cannot help with urgent or emergency cases at these times and the phone message provides an alternative location where you might be able to get help.
Welcome to Stephanie McDonald, our Community Coordinator! Stephanies has a terrific background in animal welfare and in medical support. We are confident she will transfer these skills and experiences to be the first voice on the phone!
We have received an Edmonton Community Foundation grant to support a Community Coordinator. Here is more information about this terrific opportunity:
Alberta Helping Animals Society is a registered charity devoted to supporting the human-animal bond, including AHAS Home Veterinary Services, a volunteer-based house call service for companion animals of vulnerable people in Edmonton. We require a paid part-time Community Coordinator. Empathy for vulnerable people is a must and experience is desired (RVT, VMA, or social work preferred; see details on www.ahas.ca). Please send cover letter indicating motivation and resume in one document, named “AHASCommunityCoordinator_YourLastName” and submit to AlbertaHelpingAnimalsSociety@gmail.com. We thank all applicants; only successful applicants will be notified for an interview.
Alberta Helping Animals Society (AHAS) supports the human-animal bond between vulnerable people in and around Edmonton and their companion animals. AHAS also fundraises to support AHAS Home Veterinary Services, providing veterinary care to our clients. Reporting to the Vice President of Alberta Helping Animals Society, the Community Coordinator will be the first point of contact for AHAS and AHAS Home Veterinary Services clients and the wider community. This is a part-time (20 hours a week) part-time position.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Respond to requests that come through phone, text, email, and social media
Direct requests to appropriate resources as necessary
Verify client eligibility for AHAS Home Veterinary Services
Schedule AHAS Home Veterinary Services appointments
Complete client information records
Complete client and animal information on medical records
Enter client and animal information into computer database
Schedule food pick-up and delivery to the Inner City Pet Food Bank
Perform administrative tasks related to AHAS
Assist the Board in event planning, fundraising, and community out-reach events
Minimum of a high school diploma (Animal health technology diploma or relevant university degree preferred)
Experience in non-profit and/or veterinary field preferred
Excellent client communication skills
Sensitivity to the particular circumstances of vulnerable people
Ability to work collaborative with a wide range of stakeholders
Ability to work independently
Strong attention to detail organization, and record-keeping skills
Self-confidence and a positive attitude towards work
Please include a cover letter describing your motivation for applying for this position
Please submit a resume
Please save your application package in one document, named “AHASCommunityCoordinator_YourLastName”
Please submit to AlbertaHelpingAnimalsSociety@gmail.com
We will begin evaluating applications on 5 September, 2016
We thank all applicants; only successful applicants will be notified for an interview
AHAS is thrilled to present this video to you, which shows how we are impacting animals, vulnerable people, and the community through our services. It was created by a group of students in the University of Alberta’s ALES 204 class, Communication Fundamentals for Professionals. This class has a community service component, and from these groups we received unbelievable communication plans and products. The video below is one of the resulting products from this project, and although heart-wrenching it is what we deal with every day.
AHAS relies on your support to provide our services – if you would like to help us help animals, one paw at a time, please consider volunteering or donate today.
Thank you to all of the students involved in this project for your effort and contribution supporting the Alberta Helping Animals Society!
Animals Helping Animals Society could not do what we do without the generous support of our donors and partners – a big THANK YOU for your support up to this point, and we look forward to you joining us on our journey going forward!