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Board Members are responsible for the evaluation and oversight of the operations of the Humane Society of Barron County. Members of the board are expected to review monthly treasurer, secretary and shelter reports to inform their contribution to the board. In addition, board members will propose, approve, and contribute to fundraisers, staffing, and public matters concerning the Shelter. All members will carry out the needs of the organization, as described in the Society’s bylaws. 


  • Provide a positive example regarding work ethic, attitude, professional ethics, interpersonal interactions, and mutual respect.

  • Honor confidentiality of shelter business.  

  • Attend regular board meetings generally held the first Thursday of each month. Members are expected to review monthly reports in advance, and come prepared to participate.

  • Assist in the creation of HSBC’s annual fundraising plan.

  • Volunteer with at least one of the two major fundraising events the shelter holds each year. 

  • Volunteer with at least half of the minor fundraising events the shelter holds each year (approximately one a month). 

  • Participation in Board retreats, in-service workshops and other Board development activities is required. 

  • Assist when possible, in the hiring process when needed at the shelter.

  • Encourage public participation in HSBC events and assist with events as needed.  

  • Contribute skills, knowledge and experience when appropriate

  • Spend time at the shelter to get a real feel for the work HSBC does. There is no specific requirement for frequency of visits to the shelter, but members should make an effort to meet staff, and learn about the everyday operations.



  • Previous board experience desired, but not required

  • Previous fundraising experience desired, but not required

  • Animal Sheltering experience strongly preferred.  

  • To be placed on the board, board candidates must have membership dues paid at the time of application to the Board.



  • Compassion and empathy for animals and human clients.

  • Multitasking and time-management skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks.  

  • Willingness help with the needs of the shelter for fundraising

NOTE: This position description is not intended to be all-inclusive. You may be required to perform other related duties within your skill set as decided by the Board of Directors to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Animal Crackers Spring 2024

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