The Greeter is the first face of Operation Catnip. To start everyone’s day off cheerfully, the Greeter welcomes new and repeat caregivers to the clinic, distributes the Caregiver Release Forms, answers questions, covers traps that are uncovered and directs the caregivers to the clinic cashier. No rabies vaccine is required for this station.
Check-in begins at 7:30. Caregivers may fill out Caregiver Release Forms if they arrive early but are not allowed to proceed past the greeter station. Caregivers are not allowed inside the clinic unless they are also a clinic volunteer.
Clinic Arrival Greeter Instructions
Make sure that all personally owned traps are labeled with the owner’s name. If the trap needs labeling, apply a strip of masking tape on top of the trap and use a permanent marker to clearly write the caregiver’s last name.
Place an 8” strip of removable blue painter’s tape on the bite plate, if not already present. Be careful not to cover the metal trap label or Operation Catnip nameplate, if the trap is on loan. This provides for easier removal of the adhesive trap tag after the clinic.
Hand each caregiver a Caregiver Release Form with a pen and clipboard. A separate form should be completed for each colony location. Clinic volunteers arriving with cats must also complete Caregiver Release Forms.
Make sure each trap is completely covered. When the trap is carried, the cover should hang at least a foot below each side, so the cat cannot see movement and feels secure. A properly covered trap looks like a ghost costume. If the caregiver didn’t bring a cover, explain to them that covering traps reduces stress which makes anesthesia safer, and retrieve a cover to use from the Operation Catnip supply.
Answer questions and direct the caregivers to the clinic cashier.
Always maintain a courteous and friendly attitude to help everyone start the day cheerfully.
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Station Closing and Cleanup
When arrival is concluded:
- Inventory the remaining supplies, and repack the supply kit.
- Return the kit, station instructions and any remaining items to storage.
- Clean the area and dispose of all trash.
- Wash all tables.