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

Animal Care Attendant (4)

(Part-time and Full-time jobs available). 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.

Adoptions Coordinator

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 Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Write the clinic transfer paperwork for animals that have been adopted to ensure they are spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, heartworm or combo tested, etc.
  • Properly input all information necessary for the adoption into the software system. Must print out all necessary paperwork for the adoption and must have the adopter sign the adoption contract and any dismissal instructions.
  • Handle adoption fees and perform cash box closing for the adoption cash box.
  • Call adopters to inform them when their adopted pet is ready for pickup.
  •  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.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Must promote LifeLine Animal Project’s policies and philosophies.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Extensive knowledge of dog and cat behavior, training and of animal breed recognition is also required
  • Knowledge in animal health and well-being to include nutrition needs, resources for information, knowledge of common animal diseases
  • Ability to identify animal species, breeds, ages and sexes. Ability to identify signs of animal illnesses and injuries. Ability to recognize common animal behavior.
  • Demonstrated personal communication knowledge to include effective phone skills, effective interviewing techniques, public speaking and ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  • Must be available to work on weekends.
  • Must pass background check and drug screening.

 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.>/p>

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..

Intake Supervisor

Responsible for supervision of staff and activities in the Intake area. Ensure timely intake of all animals. Hire, train, and schedule staff. Coordinate movement of animals from Intake into the Kennel or Clinic as needed. Verify database information is accurate. Also perform animal intake as needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Hire, train, manage, and terminate Intake staff.
  • Schedule staff ensuring proper coverage each day.
  • Organize Intake work areas.
  • Coordinate with Clinic Manager when injured or sick animals need immediate medical attention.
  • Coordinate with Placement team when urgent (nursing mothers, neonatal kittens, etc.) placement is needed for an animal.
  • Develop medical supply inventory system. Coordinate with Clinic Manager to order medical supplies.
  • Initiate flow of animals from Intake into Kennel.
  • Each evening, ensure adequate intake space is available for overnight drop offs.
  • Properly clean and disinfect dog and cat cages.
  • Verify database accuracy.
  • Troubleshoot intake errors/issues daily. Make corrections as needed.
  • Safely and properly handling all animals including bite quarantine animals, vicious animals and feral cats.
  • Euthanize animals or assist with euthanasia.
  • Take specimens of rabies suspect animals.
  • Transport 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.

  • Previous supervisory experience.
  • 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..

Rescue Coordinator

Coordinate transfers to rescue groups. Work with Kennel staff to identify animals that can be placed in rescue.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain detailed, up-to-date records for all rescue groups and rescued animals.
  • Identify, research, and recommend new rescue partners.
  • Maintain positive relationships with rescue partners.
  • Contact and coordinate the transfer of animals to out-of-state shelters. Coordinate health certificate issuance.
  • Observe and assess animal behavior. Determine best rescue partner based on animal behavior, breed, medical condition, etc.
  • Handle animals in a safe and humane manner. Pull dogs from multi-run kennels or single cages. Walk or monitor dogs in play yards. Assist with holding animals for vaccines or medical tests.
  • Answer phone calls and emails from potential rescuers in a prompt, professional and informative manner.
  • Call and/or email rescue groups about available shelter animals and assist rescue groups with animal selection.
  • Coordinate social media posts and email blasts in order to generate interest in hard-to-place animals.
  • Handle all customers in a polite and professional manner.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Extensive knowledge of dog and cat behavior, training and of animal breed recognition is also required.
  • Ability to assess animal behavior.
  • Demonstrated personal communication knowledge to include effective phone skills, effective public speaking and ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  • Must be available to work on weekends.
  • Must pass background check and drug screening.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Minimum of High School Diploma
  • 3+ years experience in the animal-related field

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.. by Saturday, May 25, 2019

Veterinary Assistant

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

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • 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..

Veterinarian

Responsible for working with the vet tech and kennel staff to maintain the health of all animals in the shelter. Perform health and diagnostic exams and tests on animals. Provide medication for animals. Perform spay/neuter surgery.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Examine animals in the shelter for diseases, parasites, injuries and other afflictions.
  • Perform high volume spay/neuter surgery, including pediatric sterilizations.
  • Perform diagnostic exams and medical or surgical procedures.
  • Treat injured or sick animals and perform first aid as needed.
  • Euthanize designated animals as needed.
  • Administer vaccinations and medications.
  • Assist with cruelty investigations and testify in court.
  • Maintain cleanliness and orderliness of medication and medical equipment.
  • Consult supervisors in the handling of unusual and/or difficult situations.
  • Prepare and maintain records relating to veterinary activities.
  • Maintain medical records in the Chameleon software system.
  • Coordinate with the Clinic Manager on the training and evaluation of Clinic staff.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Works under the supervision of the Shelter Director to supervise the medical care of all animals at the shelter.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • In addition to general veterinary experience, experience or certification in shelter medicine is preferred.
  • Skill in high volume spay/neuter surgery techniques.
  • 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 learn animal management software system and accurately enter information into the software system.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity.
  • Must be available to work on weekends.
  • Must pass background check and drug screening.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Georgia veterinary license required.
  • Federal DEA license may be required.
  • Drivers license may be required.

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..