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Animal Care Team Member

This position is responsible for the daily care of animals, along with cleaning their enclosures.


Our staff strives to provide a healthy, comfortable space that will allow cats, kittens, and dogs to adjust to their new environment. Staff is expected to perform daily duties in accordance with protocols to keep themselves, the animals, fellow staff members, visitors, and volunteers safe.
The staff routinely work with cleaning agents such as disinfectant, bleach, and other cleaners, and must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. We are looking for someone with compassion for animals and human beings. The ideal applicant will have a commitment to the mission, values, and goals of the shelter. The position requires customer service skills, teamwork, and attention to detail.


- Safely and comfortably handling a variety of domestic animals
- Cleaning and disinfecting animal rooms, cages, and the facility
- Feeding and administering medications to animals
- Sorting and folding laundry, as well as operating washers and dryers
- Sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming throughout the facility
- Spending time with animals to provide comfort and help ease stress, and provide individual behavioral feedback to the management team
-Performing animal intakes, entering records into the database and providing support to members of the public who are relinquishing animals
-Socializing, working on basic obedience, nail-trimming, grooming
-Other responsibilities as directed


~Animal handling experience in a kennel environment preferred.
~Must be able to work closely with animal dander.
~Adept and flexible multi-tasking abilities as well as excellent attention to detail
~Comfortable receiving direction and guidance when needed
~Mature, friendly, and outgoing personality and a commitment to superior animal care
~Ability to work well under pressure and in intense and emotional situations on a daily basis
~Interest in animals and commitment to animal welfare
~Integrity and honesty in dealing with all facets of the position
~Willingness and ability to do moderate to heavy physical labor in relation to cleaning the facility and handling animals
~Ability to bend, twist, and lift at least 50 lbs. repeatedly throughout the course of a day
~Weekend and holiday work is required
~Willingness to work as a team member, pitch in as needed, and have fun!


*Experience caring for animals and a flexible schedule is preferred.


Duties include:
- Feeding and administering meds as needed
- Cleaning kennels
- Adoption counseling as needed
- Additional duties as required


  • relevant: 1 year (Preferred)



  • High school or equivalent 

TO APPLY: please send your resume and cover letter to info@fcarpets.org.


The Shelter Manager is a highly motivated, process and procedure-oriented manager committed to the mission, values, goals, and success from Franklin County Animal Rescue. The Shelter Manager provides leadership and oversight to ensure that the shelter is operating as effectively as possible and that animals are cared for optimally.  


The Shelter Manager is responsible for learning, implementing and communicating best practices in animal management and helping to craft a better future for animals and our community. The Shelter Manager works closely with the Shelter Veterinarian to ensure protocols are being followed and care of animals is held to the highest standards, including providing and maintaining a safe, sanitary, humane atmosphere for all the shelter’s animals and employees.  


Responsibilities include: 

  • Ensure the health, cleanliness and safety of animals and the facility. 

  • Make individual animal handling, care, transportation and medical decisions as needed and according to FCAR policy. 

  • Monitor the health of animals and report issues to the shelter veterinarian. Triage urgent situations as needed.  

  • Monitor available space in the shelter and organize/schedule intake appointments. Coordinate third party housing. 

  • Facilitate and implement animal enrichment programs. 

  • Oversee administration of medications/vaccinations as directed and prescribed by the veterinarian and timely med sheet completion.  

  • Oversee and implement ordering of medical supplies and other shelter supplies in partnership with the Operations Manager and within budgetary limitations. Maintain an accurate inventory of medical equipment and supplies. 

  • Assist shelter veterinarian with spay/neuter surgeries and other medical needs.  

  • Facilitate staff training related to animal care and cleaning. 

  • Keep all animal records up to date and ensure timely input into database. 

  • Work with the Executive Director to determine and document appropriate policies and procedures. 

  • Perform regular operational efficacy assessments in partnership with the Executive Director, and design and implement quality improvement plans.  

  • Submit a monthly report to the Executive Director one week prior to board meetings. Attend monthly board meetings. 

  • Manage the medical needs of fosters. 

  • Participate in staff meetings as appropriate. 

  • Monitor and communicate with the public via the shelters phone, social media and email contacts.  

TO APPLY: please send your resume and cover letter to info@fcarpets.org.

Shelter Manager