Kennel Coordinator

Great River Rescue
Job Description
Job Title:
Kennel Coordinator
Job Type:  Part-time w/possibility for full time hours
Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday 12-5 pm, additional hours possible

Pay Rate:  Hourly, Dependent on Qualifications
Reports to:  Executive Director

Job Summary:

Manages the intake of shelter pets.  Oversees kennel staff and ensures proper care for animals.  Monitors the health and well-being of shelter animals.  Administers necessary vaccines and medications.     Works with city and township impounds to provide space for stray animals.  Maintains records on all shelter animals. 
Specific Job Duties:
Kennel/Animal Management
  • Coordinate animal surrenders with the public, local pounds, and other animal agencies. Manages the total number of shelter pets within set parameters. 
  • Handle new animal intake processing:    weights, temps, microchip scan, vaccines and overall check of each animal for condition or medical ailments.
  • Complete required in-take paperwork and transfer information to computer database.
  • Work with clients to ensure they know all of their responsibilities as pet owners or foster parents.
  • Communicate and coordinate with shelter desk worker on adoptions, fosters, and surrenders.
  • Provide minimal grooming of animals to make them more approachable for potential adopters.
  • Maintain supply of proper food for shelter animals.
  • Maintain supply of proper cleaning products for use by kennel staff.
  • Provide direction and instruction to staff and volunteers regarding animal behavior and medical concerns.
  • Administer all necessary vaccinations.  Conduct de-worming, de-fleeing and ear checks (cleaning if necessary) of each animal in care of the shelter.
  • Set up spay/neuter appointments with approved vet clinics. 
  • Order vaccinations and other medical and kennel supplies.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director on animal illnesses and behavior issues.
  • Consult approved veterinarians on medical issues and concerns. 
  • Oversee animal health and inform the executive director of potential health concerns.
  • Maintain medication records for each animal. 
  • Maintain safe supply of medications.
  • Write monthly animal health report for Executive Director and Animal Welfare Committee
Other Duties
  • Transport animals to and from the vet clinic and impound as needed.
  • Communicate with city and township impounds to try and prevent euthanasia.
  • Practice excellent cleaning standards in regards to contamination factors.  Uses marked orange/green contamination laundry bags, gloves and cover-ups during medical treatments. Follow and promote all approved cleaning procedures.
  • Work with Executive Director to keep cleaning guidelines updated and in-line with proper industry standards.
  • Help train in new staff and volunteers.
  • All other duties as assigned by the Executive Director
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent, Bachelor Degree in related field preferred
  • Must have at least 1 year experience with Vet in clinic or shelter setting
  • Must enjoy working with dogs and cats
  • Able to follow oral and written instructions
  • Able to humanely handle animals under various circumstances
  • Able to work harmoniously with other employees
  • Able to lift and properly handle medium and large size dogs
  • Must be courteous and friendly with clients and the general public
  • Schedule varies Monday – Sunday 8 am to 5 pm, some evening work may be required
  • Attend regular staff meetings as scheduled
  • Must have valid MN Driver’s License
  • 50/50 Health Plan available for full-time employees
  • Worker’s Compensation insurance
  • Time and a half holiday pay
How to Apply
  • Submit cover letter, resume and three references to
Contact Information

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