Animal Care Attendant for Shelter (full-time), Brighton (TRN1137)
Brighton, Massachusetts 02135 United States
Position Title: Animal Care Attendant for Shelter
Location: Brighton, MA
The mission of Gifford Cat Shelter is to provide a safe haven for abandoned, stray, abused, neglected, unwanted and injured cats with the goal of re-homing and ending the needless killing of community and companion cats. Founded in 1884 and sponsored by Ellen Gifford, the shelter was a pioneer in creating an environment that did not confine animals to small, movement-restricting cages. Originally a shelter for all animals, Gifford eventually became a shelter for cats.
They seek staff who thrive on giving all animals within their care the best possible care their resources permit; who will show compassion and understanding to every animal and person who comes their way; who will perform tasks in an effective and efficient manner; who will conduct themselves in ways that will create a positive work environment that will be beneficial to the animals they serve, to the public and to each other.
- Perform cat care duties such as preparing food, feeding and providing water, cleaning and disinfecting cat areas, washing litter and food pans, sweeping and mopping floors, washing and sweeping debris from walls, beds and any other areas
- Meet and greet, and interface with people visiting the shelter whether it be to visit the cats or for adoption. Introduce cats to the public and provide information regarding licensing, vaccinations, pet-owner responsibilities, spaying, neutering and adoptions, collect license, redemption and adoption fees
- Responsible for matching the cats to potential owners. Receive cats to be admitted for shelter care and is responsible for their proper identification and release animals to their owners as directed by shelter manager
- Monitor sick, quarantined and injured cats and observe them for unusual physical and behavioral conditions, medicate if necessary. Separate and control any cats that are not getting along; assist the veterinarian or staff with vaccinations and minor medical treatments; keep a record on the disposition of animals, perform a daily count of animals and report and condition or inconsistencies to the supervisor or veterinarian as appropriate
- Complete various records and forms such as medical cards, logs of controlled medication dispensed, daily activity sheets, maintain a log and inventory of food and other animal supply needs
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: a combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities. Must have a passion for cats!
Ability to: handle sick, injured, learn the physical and behavioral characteristics of animals; use appropriate chemicals and cleaning agents; analyze a situation and adopt a course of action; develop and maintain working relationships with co-workers, volunteers, agencies, and organizations; keep accurate records; understand and follow instructions; learn computer operations; use tools and equipment; work independently.
Supplemental Information: Must be able to lift, move, or carry cats or objects weighing up to 40 lbs., and full time position and requires working on Sundays.