Dog Caretaker                                                                $9.00 p/hour 
Must be able to work the days/hours noted below -
Wednesday 12:00 - 6:30 pm*
Friday 6:00 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday 6:00 am - 12:30 pm 
*The HSDC closes to the public at 6:00 pm but the caretaker must stay until all duties have been completed. 

The goal of this position is to keep dogs healthy and prepared for adoption, and to ensure the safety of the animals and the general public. It is physically demanding, very fast-paced, and includes being outside in inclement weather.

On a daily basis, dog caretakers may:

  • Sweep, mop, wash dishes, deep clean indoor and outdoor kennels, and do laundry

  • Take dogs in and out of the building for exercise and bathroom breaks

  • Feed and administer medications

  • Perform dog-to-dog interactions with potential adopters' pets to gauge compatibility

  • Interact with the general public to answer questions about the dog's energy level, behavior, and known medical issues

  • Counsel potential adopters and ask questions to determine if a dog may be a good match

  • Share information about the HSDC, its mission, and the programs and services that are offered

  • Monitor and provide guidance for volunteers and community service


Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma, or equivalent

  • Experience working in a shelter or kennel environment to include working with canines of varying sizes and weights.

  • Must have reliable transportation and be dependable. The animal's health and welfare depend on your attendance.

  • Valid driver's license.

  • Must successfully pass a background investigation.

  • Electronic deposit (ACH) of paycheck is required.

  • Must be at least 21 years old

Physical Demands and Working Environment

  • Work is performed in an animal shelter. There is a potential for exposure to environmental factors such as temperature variations, high noise levels, zoonotic diseases, animal waste, strong odors, and unpredictable animals.

  • Must be able to work assigned shift, including weekends, holidays or during peak operational need.

  • Must be able to remain standing or active during entire shift, lift and carry objects and animals up to 50 pounds, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, pull or other strenuous activities.

If you are interest in joining the HSDC team, please submit your resume to Natalie Yeager at

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