MEETINGS & GATHERINGS
Volunteer Appreciation Party
Volunteer Appreciation Parties are held periodically. Invitations are posted in the Events group on BCR Workplace. These parties are a social gathering of volunteers to enjoy food, drinks, guest speakers, special announcements, and to celebrate awards and promotions. Volunteers must RSVP (attending or not attending) to invites so that the Volunteer Committee can be sure to have enough food and drinks for everyone that attends.
Attire for Volunteer Appreciation Party
The attire for the quarterly Volunteer Appreciation Party is casual. Volunteers do not need to wear their volunteer shirt, with the exception of one gathering annually. Annually there will be a party at which we ask you to wear your volunteer shirt so we can take group photos.
Volunteer Appreciation Party Guests
If guests are permitted to attend a scheduled Volunteer Appreciation Party this will be indicated in the invitation. Otherwise parties are for volunteers, staff and interns only.
Senior Volunteer Meeting
Periodically the Volunteer Committee will host a meeting that is attended by all Senior Partners, Senior Keepers, and Master Keepers. These senior volunteers may submit topic suggestions to be covered at the meeting. The Volunteer Committee will compose a meeting agenda and will distribute the agenda to all attending volunteers prior to the meeting.
Big Cat Rescue offers several lectures each year presented by staff, volunteers, interns and guest speakers. These lectures cover topics including; Bobcat Rehab, Legislation, Vet Care, Rescues, Enrichment, Operant, and many more. The lectures are a great way to get together with your fellow Big Cat Rescuers and learn something new or get an in depth look into areas of the sanctuary that are not available to everyone. Invitations to lectures are posted in the Events group on BCR Workplace. Dress is casual. Volunteer shirts are not mandatory. Guests are not permitted to the lectures as space is limited. Food is often provided.
Big Cat Rescue has extensive online resources dedicated towards keeping the volunteers, interns, and staff informed of all policies, updates, contact information, and day to day operations of the sanctuary.
The Workplace app is very similar to facebook and is comprised of several groups and pages. Keep up to date with all of the sanctuary and social updates as well as communicate with specific groups of volunteers using this app. The Important Updates group page must be checked every time you arrive to volunteer for important information regarding the cats and the sanctuary.
Big Cat Rescue Email address Policies
Emails that a volunteer sends from their Big Cat Rescue e-mail address should only reflect the mission of Big Cat Rescue and should be courteous and professional in content.
When a new volunteer is set up with their firstname.lastname email address the Volunteer Committee will set it up to forward to the volunteer’s personal email address.
Every volunteer must check and read the Important Updates section of the BigCatRescue.me site before beginning their volunteer time for the day. All important information that every volunteer must know is posted in the Important Updates page of BCR Workplace.
Big Cat Rescue.me Access While Away
If a Volunteer or Intern has requested a leave of absence or a period of time will lapse between the end of an internship and becoming a volunteer they may request to continue to have access to the information on the BigCatRescue.me site as well as BCR Workplace. During this leave the status of the volunteer or intern will be changed to Advocat giving them access to view, but not edit the pages of the site. Their access will be reinstated upon their return to the program.
Last Log In to BigCatRescue.me Site
Routine checks will be made by the Volunteer Committee to determine that volunteers are consistently logging into the BigCatRescue.me site and BCR Workplace. Volunteers that have not logged into the system consistently will be checked against the Time System reports to determine if they have been active in the volunteer program. If the volunteer has not been active in the BigCatRescue.me site, BCR Workplace or the Time System or all, the Volunteer Committee will contact the volunteer to follow up on their status. If the volunteer does not correspond with the Volunteer Committee within 60 days their access to both sites will be terminated.
An Emergency Contact, medications, allergies, and medical conditions are listed for each volunteer and intern in their digital Volgistics record which all Coordinators have access to via the Big Cat Rescuer Information Center. Ensure that this information is updated frequently in case there is an emergency.
Safety Drills and Posts
Every month there will be either a safety drill or a safety information post listed on the Important Updates page of BCR Workplace. Drills will consist of a scenario such as an injured guest or animal emergency, and course of action options for the volunteer to select or fill in. Each volunteer must complete the electronic drill. The Volunteer Committee will review the results of the drill and will council any volunteer that may have answered insufficiently or incorrectly. Alternatively there may be a Safety Information Post, this is mandatory reading for every volunteers to ensure a safe work environment for everyone. Some posts will be followed with a mandatory quiz.
SOCIAL MEDIA AND PHOTO & VIDEO CAPTURE AND USAGE
Posts or communications regarding animal issues using social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and other sites should represent Big Cat Rescue’s mission accurately and positively. Any use of our images or posts will in no way condone, promote or otherwise glamorize private ownership of exotic cats, captivity of exotic cats, use of live exotic cats in entertainment or sport or for advertising purposes, handling of exotic cat cubs or adults, nor breeding of exotic cats.
Animal Death Announcements
Postings regarding the death of an animal at Big Cat Rescue should be made no earlier than when posted publicly by Big Cat Rescue. This is to ensure that your fellow Rescuers have the opportunity to read the news via the Important Updates instead of through social media.
Official Fan Pages
Only Big Cat Rescue staff may create fan pages that include the words Big Cat Rescue. Our name and logo are trademark and copyright protected and may not be used unless approved in writing by the CEO.
Photos or Videos While Cleaning
Photos may be taken occasionally while you are cleaning enclosures if the cat is doing something unusually interesting or is in perfect lighting or has a nice backdrop. Photos however should not distract you from the task at hand nor should they prolong cleaning. Cleaning is very important and all of your attention should be on completing this task thoroughly and efficiently. Volunteers may request time to take photos of the animals after cleaning has been completed.
Photos or Videos While Feeding or Doing Operant Conditioning
Only Senior Keepers, with 12 months experience, who are fully certified to feed all cats and do operant of all levels may film cats while feeding them or doing operant conditioning with them, provided the camera is being operated by a second person, on a tripod, or is body mounted, and both the keeper(s) and the camera are positioned to prevent injury to the keeper(s) or camera.
Photo & Video Rights and Usage Restrictions
Big Cat Rescue retains the rights to all photos and videos obtained at the sanctuary. This includes the sanctuary cats, alive or past. Permission is granted to the photographer or videographer to post their works on their own social sites provided the content was obtained within the rules of the sanctuary AND the sanctuary cats benefit equally with the photographer or videographer. The cats’ images and videos are first and foremost to benefit Big Cat Rescue and its social channels and online presence.
Images and photos should be shared to Big Cat Rescue’s Social Media Team in a timely manner for sharing on Big Cat Rescue social media pages and sites to help further our mission with fresh and unique content. The Big Cat Rescue Social Team will not share posts from the social media pages and sites of volunteers, staff, interns, or related businesses without written permission by the CEO. The intention of this is to avoid diverting Big Cat Rescue visitors, fans or supporters to social media sites that are not owned by Big Cat Rescue. Photos and videos can easily be shared with BCR’s Social Media Team by posting to the Share group on BCR Workplace.
If asked by Big Cat Rescue, to remove photos or videos from social channels or online or physical locations, the volunteer will do so immediately.
If images or video are shared on unofficial Big Cat Rescue YouTube channels or similar sites, the description must include a link to BigCatRescue.org AND each post must have a fundraiser donation button naming Big Cat Rescue as the charity recipient of the funds. If images are shared on unofficial Big Cat Rescue platforms including, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, LinkedIn or other social similar sites, a minimum of one post per week must include a donate button linked to Big Cat Rescue, if available.
Any time a nationwide or global call to action on Big Cat Rescue’s sites is posted, the person sharing images or videos of the cats must also share the Call to Action.