The Denver Animal Shelter (DAS) is seeking On-Call Animal Care Attendants to perform caretaking work for animals in custody ofthe shelter. This position ensures that all animals have a clean living environment, drinking water and food as per feeding instructions. Properly restrains animals while being loaded/moved, and during veterinary examinations. Reports health concerns to veterinary staff. Verifies the paperwork to ensure health evaluation checklist is completed as instructed. Shelter attendants are expected to perform a high level of animal care and customer care.
These positions are seasonal positions, 39 hours/week each.
Provides compassionate care including the basic needs of animals in the shelter, and ensures that all animals have a safe and clean shelter environment.
Cleans and sanitizes all cages and kennels per shelter protocols and keeps the facility, equipment, and tools clean.
Conducts behavioral assessments on animals in the shelter, socializes animals that can be rehabilitated for adoption, and follows shelter protocols/procedures when releasing animals.
Observes animal appearance and activity for general physical conditions, stress, injury, and/or illness and reports any animal health concerns to veterinary staff and a supervisor.
Performs intake on animals entering the shelter and administers vaccinations when needed.
Documents information about animals and facility operations per standard procedures including an inventory of animals and entering changes, head counts, daily logs, and other required information.
Assists visitors looking for lost animals, shows adoptable animals to visitors, and provides animal care information regarding vaccinations, adoption fees, and pet owner responsibilities. .
Responds to inquiries from citizens, rescue groups, and others about adoption, rescue, or placement of impounded animals.
Verifies the identification of animals to be euthanized, receives training and proficiency testing according to shelter protocols, properly restrains animals for compassionate and humane euthanasia, and completes required euthanasia paperwork.
Attends all required training classes/meetings.
Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate.
One year of experience in animal care which includes working in a veterinary office, animal hospital, animal shelter, a pet store, or other animal care facilities.
Previous experience with recognizing animal behavior and how to act confidently and accordingly based on the situation.
Prior experience with cleaning and physical labor, including lifting heavy objects.
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