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Animal Shelter Attendant

Salary: $13.82-$16.87 hourly / $2,403-$2,934 monthly / Range: 4598

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, cares for and feeds the animals at a County shelter, participates in the destruction of animals, and maintains the shelter facilities and grounds; performs other duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from that of Animal Control Officer in that the major function of the Officer class involves patrolling an assigned area and enforcing the rules and regulations governing animal control.

EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:

  1. Performs animal care duties such as preparing food, feeding, and providing water; cleaning and disinfecting kennel and cat cages; washing litter and food pans; sweeping and mopping floors; picking up fecal material; washing and sweeping debris from walls, beds, kickplates, and dog run areas.
  2. Monitors sick, quarantined, and injured animals and observes them for unusual physical and behavioral conditions; separates and controls fighting animals; segregates and isolates animals as necessary; assists the veterinarian or staff with vaccinations and minor medical treatments; keeps a record on the disposition of animals; performs a daily count of animals and reports any condition or inconsistencies to the supervisor or veterinarian as appropriate.
  3. Participates in the destruction (euthanasia), by lethal injection, of dangerous, sick or unwanted animals; assists in preparing rabies specimens and insures the timely delivery to the laboratory for testing.
  4. Shows animals to the public and provides information regarding licensing, vaccinations, euthanasia, rabies control, pet-owner responsibilities, spaying, neutering, and adoptions; collects license, redemption, and adoption fees.
  5. Completes various records and forms such as kennel cards, logs of controlled drugs dispensed, daily activity sheets, receipts for fees, and work order forms for repairs; prepares and issues citations for license violations; maintains a log and inventory of food and other animal supply needs.
  6. Maintains shelter facility; cleans windows and restrooms, pulls weeds, and makes minor repairs; checks gates and locks for security purposes and reports any safety or liability concerns to the supervisor; cleans and stocks animal control vehicles.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: a combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Ability to: handle sick, injured, dangerous, or dead animals and decomposing animal carcasses in a safe and humane manner; learn the physical and behavioral characteristics of animals; learn and recognize symptoms of rabies and other common animal diseases; destroy (euthanize) dangerous, sick, or unwanted animals; learn basic first aid treatments; learn the methods and techniques used in the care and handling of animals; use appropriate chemicals and cleaning agents; pick up fecal material; analyze a situation and adopt a course of action; develop and maintain working relationships with co-workers, volunteers, agencies, and organizations; make simple arithmetical calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; learn applicable laws, regulations and ordinances; keep accurate records; understand and follow instructions; learn computer operations; use tools and equipment; work independently.

Supplemental Information: Incumbents must be able to lift, move, or carry animals or objects weighing up to 120 lbs., and use strong chemicals for disinfecting kennels. Incumbents are expected to wear a uniform, work shifts, and weekends.



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