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Animal Care Coordinator (1 Position/Jan. 1)

REPORTS TO: Shelter Director


The Animal Care Coordinator V (ACC-V) is responsible for assisting the director in the overall management of Warrensburg Animal Rescue’ (WAR)s facility—Old Drum Animal Shelter (ODAS). The position’s main purpose is to oversee and assist with humane daily care and cleaning protocols, and ensure efficient movement of animals through the system from intake to adoption. The ACC-V with support from the shelter director, provides supervision and training to the animal care staff and animal care volunteers to ensure standards are current and best practices are applied. This role works directly with other members of the management team to determine appropriate and responsible plans for animals within ODAS’ care. We are looking for someone with compassion for animals and human beings, and a commitment to the mission, values, and goals of WAR. The position requires teamwork and attention to detail.


  • Daily care of the animals including cleaning, feeding, medicating, & exercise/enrichment;
  • Training and supervising staff and volunteers involved in animal care;
  • Ensuring animals are moved through the program in a timely and efficient manner, record-keeping is up-to-date and accurate, behavioral and/or medical concerns are addressed with the management team, and a good quality of life is maintained for all animals on a consistent basis
  • Ensuring proper animal care protocols are implemented and regularly updated, including feeding regimens, cleaning protocols, behavioral enrichment & training;
  • Maintaining and monitoring overall wellness of the animal population by regular observation and interaction, and through solicitation of feedback from staff;
  • Working with WAR to create strategic written plans for adoption readiness for animals who have (1) been with us longer than one month, (2) or are on medical hold and undergoing treatment, or (3) determined to have long-term special needs
  • Coordinating kennel and cage space and ensure appropriate room is available/ready for incoming animals, while considering medical and behavioral needs;
  • Overseeing all record keeping and data entry into Shelter Manager;
  • Updating daily reports on animal status and population;
  • Updating kennel card descriptions, and ensuring kennels are marked with appropriate signage when it applies (staff only, just arrived, color coding, etc.);
  • Assisting with medical exams of dogs and cats with the shelter director and/or veterinarians;
  • Assisting with the Foster Care Program in collaboration with the ODAS;
  • Transporting animals as-needed to off-site events, from out-of-state transport, veterinarians, etc., sometimes outside of regular working hours;
  • Consulting with shelter director and veterinarian on euthanasia decisions;
  • Greeting and guiding visitors, answering the phone, and providing animal care and behavior information and advice to members of the public as needed;
  • Other responsibilities as directed



  • Knowledge & experience in animal behavior, training, handling & husbandry in a shelter, kennel, or veterinary setting, with 3-5 years of hands-on professional experience
  • Excellent oral & written communication skills
  • Adept & flexible multi-tasking abilities as well as exceptional organizational skills
  • Friendly, upbeat & outgoing personality with a commitment to superior animal care & customer service
  • Ability to work well under pressure & in intense, emotional situations
  • Ability to safely lift 80 lbs and be capable of bending over/cleaning for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to work closely with animal dander
  • Routinely work with cleaning agents such as disinfectant, bleach, and other cleaners
  • Weekend and holiday work is required
  • A valid driver’s license as well as good driving record are required
  • Willingness to: work as a team member, pitch in as needed & have fun!


If you require alternative methods of application or screening, you must approach the employer directly via olddrum@warrensburganimalrescue.org

Animal Care Assistant (4 Positions Available)

REPORTS TO: Shelter Director


As an ACA you will be an integral member of the shelter team. Responsibilities will include assisting the Animal Care Coordinators and Shelter Director. Your job will include handling and caring for animals of all sizes and temperaments, cleaning the facility, providing excellent customer service to the public and completing the adoption process when requested by the Shelter Director. You will be required to adhere to all processes and safety protocols set forth by the organization. Attention to detail and the ability to work fast and the ability to switch task quickly when needed is preferred. This job is very physical and you must be able to complete the assigned task. You may be requested to be on call at various times throughout your employment.


  • Cleaning the facility as well as the grounds.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of the shelter and the animals
  • Monitors the health of each animal and reports and/or documents any issues as soon as they arise.
  • Provide clean water, food to every animal and medications when assigned.
  • Provide exercise for the animals.
  • Ensure all cages and animals are secure at all times.
  • Interacts with the public and completes the adoptions process when needed.
  • Fill in work for full-time employees who are off as assigned by the Shelter Director.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must be able to have a flexible schedule when needed.
  • Two or more years of animal experience with knowledge of animal behavior. This does not include pet ownership; it must be a job or volunteer capacity.
  • Ability to work with the public in person or on the phone.
  • Ability to complete basic math functions including common fractions and decimals.
  • Ability to follow instructions written and verbal.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and present information in a one on one and small group situation to customers, clients and other shelter employees.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure material.
  • Ability to reliably and predictably carry out duties.
  • Reliable transportation
  • Ability to learn about disease prevention and control, various vaccines and medications and how to use them, how to maintain a safe and healthy shelter environment.
  • Basic computer skills

This position is physically demanding. The physical requirements listed below must be met for you to successfully perform essential duties and responsibilities of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

While performing the duties of this position, you will be exposed to conditions such as moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals. Extreme weather conditions. You may also be exposed to dangerous animal situations. The noise level at the facility is loud. This position may be called out at any time if needed and may require being on call, including holidays or weekends.

If you require alternative methods of application or screening, you must approach the employer directly via olddrum@warrensburganimalrescue.org

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