LifeLine Animal Project at DeKalb currently has the following job openings:

  • Vet Assistant
  • Animal Care Attendant
  • Intake Specialist
  • Adoptions Counselor
  • Feline Foster and Care Coordinator

Scroll down to read more information about each job and how to apply. 

 

Veterinary Assistant

Assisting the veterinarian by performing health checks, surgery, and providing medications for animals. 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Perform intake on new animals including exam, vaccines, testing.
  • Examine animals in the shelter for diseases, parasites, injuries and other afflictions. 
  • Assist the veterinarian with diagnostic exams and medical procedures.
  • Collect blood, urine, and stool samples as needed.
  • Prepare animals for surgery.  Monitor health during surgery and recovery.
  • Administer vaccinations and medications for animals in the clinic and kennel.
  • Perform basic first aid on injured animals.
  • Maintain cleanliness and orderliness of medication and medical equipment.
  • Clean instruments and surfaces.  Wrap packs.
  • Clean recovery and other cages in the clinic area.  Clean crates if needed.
  • Data entry of medical information, procedures, and notes.

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Animal Care Attendant

Responsible for cleaning cages and kennels, feeding animals, processing animals during intake, assisting customers who are interested in adopting a pet. Other duties may include medicating animals, contacting owners of tagged pets, assisting in rehabilitation of and transporting animals, and other tasks as assigned.   

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Properly cleaning and disinfecting stainless steel dog and cat cages and dog kennels.  
  • Properly feeding and watering dogs, cats and other animals based on age, size, weight and condition.
  • Providing excellent assistance to customers who are interested in adopting a dog or cat or who are looking for their lost pet.
  • Notifying kennel supervisors or veterinary personnel of sick or pregnant animals.  
  • Safely and properly handling all animals including bite quarantine animals, vicious animals and feral cats.  
  • Processing dogs, cats and other animals during intake to include entering data correctly in animal management software, vaccinating animals, deworming animals, taking pictures, scanning animals for chips and looking for ID tags.
  • Updating animal management software when an animal’s status has changed or if it is moved to a new cage. 
  • Notifying the owners of tagged pets that their pet has been impounded.
  • Euthanizing animals or assisting with euthanasia.
  • Taking specimens of rabies suspect animals.
  • Transporting sick or injured animals to offsite veterinarians or outreach events as needed.
  • Other tasks as assigned. 

Qualifications:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.    
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Knowledge of general animal care principles and practices.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods (8 hours a day) and to bend and reach to perform assigned work activities.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. without assistance.
  • Ability to interact with impounded dogs, cats and other animals including vicious, stray, sick or injured animals. Ability to handle seeing and dealing with animals that have been abused, neglected or treated cruelly.  
  • Ability to understand and follow a variety of oral and written instructions/procedures.
  • Ability to learn animal management software system and accurately enter information into the software system.  
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to learn/perform a variety of animal care related work activities.
  • Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity. 
  • Ability to handle performing or assisting with euthanasia. 
  • Must be available to work on weekends.
  • Must pass background check and drug screening.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must like animals!

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and salary history to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Intake Specialist

Responsible for cleaning cages and kennels, feeding animals, and processing animals during intake. Other duties may include medicating animals, assisting owners who are brining pets, contacting owners of tagged pets, assisting in rehabilitation of and transporting animals, and other tasks as assigned.   

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Properly cleaning and disinfecting dog and cat cages.
  • Properly feeding and watering dogs, cats and other animals based on age, size, weight and condition.
  • Notifying kennel supervisors or veterinary personnel of sick, injured, or pregnant animals.  
  • Safely and properly handling all animals including bite quarantine animals, vicious animals and feral cats.  
  • Processing dogs, cats and other animals during intake to include:
  • Entering data correctly in animal management software
  • Vaccinating animals
  • Deworming animals
  • Taking pictures, scanning animals for chips and looking for ID tags
  • Drawing blood and performing heartworm and combo tests
  • Reading case notes to properly classify animals
  • Updating animal management software when an animal’s status has changed or if it is moved to a new cage. 
  • Euthanizing animals or assisting with euthanasia.
  • Taking specimens of rabies suspect animals.
  • Transporting sick or injured animals to offsite veterinarians or outreach events as needed.
  • Learn characteristics of basic animal behavior.
  • Other tasks as assigned. 

Qualifications:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.    
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Knowledge of general animal care principles and practices.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods (8 hours a day) and to bend and reach to perform assigned work activities.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. without assistance.
  • Ability to interact with impounded dogs, cats and other animals including vicious, stray, sick or injured animals. Ability to handle seeing and dealing with animals that have been abused, neglected or treated cruelly.  
  • Ability to understand and follow a variety of oral and written instructions/procedures.
  • Ability to learn animal management software system and accurately enter information into the software system.  
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to learn/perform a variety of animal care related work activities.
  • Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity. 
  • Ability to handle performing or assisting with euthanasia. 
  • Must be available to work on weekends.
  • Must pass background check and drug screening.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must like animals!

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and salary history to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Animal Adoptions Counselor 

Responsible for counseling the public about potential pets for adoption; reviewing adoption applications submitted by the public based on written guidelines; receiving adoption fees and updating the software system with information necessary to complete the adoption. Also responsible for tasks which help to increase the number of adoptions such as photo taking and social media posts and other tasks as assigned.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Answer emails and phone calls from the public regarding pets for adoption in a prompt, professional and informative manner.
  • Provide information to potential adopters about housetraining methods, the need for puppy/kitten follow up shots/yearly veterinary care/heartworm prevention and other pet related information.
  • Answer questions from the public about pets for adoption including the behavior of specific breeds, dog and cat behavior, pet care, whether a specific pet would be good with children or other dogs and other pertinent information.
  • Review adoption applications submitted by the public to determine if the applicant meets written adoption guidelines. Approve or deny the application for adoption in a professional manner. Ask questions of the applicant if necessary to clarify information on the written adoption application.
  • Properly input all information necessary for the adoption into the software system
  • Handle adoption fees and perform cash box closing for the adoption cash box.
  • Perform tasks to increase the number of adoptions including taking pictures and videos of pets for adoption and posting on Facebook and in the animal management software.
  • May be required to assist with owner surrender counseling, rescue groups and cleaning when needed.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and salary history to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

 

Feline Foster and Care Coordinator

Responsible for overseeing the placement of cats and kittens within the shelter for health and safety, coordinate cat programs, develop new programs to facilitate the placement of cats and kittens either through foster, foster to adopt, rescue, TNR and adoption.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Coordinate the placement of cats and kittens in the shelter environment to enhance their health and well being
  • Seek out foster homes for cats and kittens
  • Schedule and/or perform home visits for foster placements
  • Maintain foster module in Pet Point to keep track of foster pets housed outside of the shelter
  • Train fosters, volunteers and employees on the proper care of cats and kittens of all ages
  • Handle Foster to Adopt (FTA) kitten adoptions including home visit, follow up care and needs up to finalizing adoption
  • Coordinate with adoptions for scheduling surgery for FTA kittens
  • Be willing to work flexible hours and be on call if needed for foster emergencies
  • Work closely with Volunteer Coordinator on volunteer opportunities that assist with foster processes, home visits and animal care
  • Work with Veterinary staff on medical treatment of cats and kittens in shelter and in foster placement
  • Train and monitor the care of bottle kittens in the nursery
  • Prepare reports as needed
  • Develop programs to enhance cat and kitten adoptions and foster placement
  • Coordinate with rescue coordinator on rescue placement of cats and kittens
  • Coordinate with Lifeline TNR person on the quick movement and return of TNR cats to their home environment
  • Must promote LifeLine Animal Project’s policies and philosophies
  • Coordinate with other Departments as it pertains to fosters and shelter population
  • Must care for office pets and keep office clean as assigned
  • Make sure and check notes and update cards for animals that can go home same day
  • Coordinate with Animal Care Attendants in the movement of animals when needed under guidelines set by management
  • Be prepared to work over in the event a placement takes longer than normal
  • Be willing to work from home when needed in the event there is a need for emergency placement
  • Support and assist other members of placement staff
  • Support and assist other departments within shelter when needed as assigned
  • Maintain current files in orderly fashion
  • Stock all documents needed for foster packets
  • Other duties as assigned

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and salary history to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..