Employment Opportunities | Animal Caregiver/Adoption Counselor

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Part-time position, with 20-30 hours per week

Looking for individuals with open availability as evenings, weekends, and some holidays are required.


The Animal Caregiver’s general responsibility is to is to provide all DCHS animals with everything they need, including:

  • physical needs of water, food, and a clean environment,
  • medical needs of grooming, treatments, and vaccinations
  • emotional needs of compassionate care and gentle socialization

Animal Caregiver’s at DCHS are also responsible for maintaining and facilitating positive communication with the public, which requires good customer service skills whether in-person, over the phone, or through written email messages.

After mastering the role of Animal Caregiver, this position will evolve into an Adoption Counselor role, with the responsibility of processing animal adoptions and surrenders in addition to the Animal Caregiver responsibilities.

All DCHS staff must be passionate about our mission to improve the lives of companion animals in our community, be dedicated to the humane treatment of all animals and DCHS’s “no-kill” philosophy, and be committed to finding permanent adoptive homes for all DCHS Residents. Staff must also follow all policies and procedures as defined by the Board of Directors, Shelter Manager, and Kennel Manager.


Specific Responsibilities

  • Clean and disinfect all kennels, cages, and outdoor runs
  • Remove fecal and other material daily to ensure a clean, healthy, and pleasant environment for every animal
  • Feed, exercise, handle, and socialize animals in accordance with shelter policies
  • Groom animals, as directed, including bathing, cleaning, brushing, clipping nails, and any other duties to maintain the good health and appearance of the animals
  • Observe and document the health and behavior of all animals
  • Perform routine medical tasks for the animals including giving vaccinations and medications
  • Clean and sanitize all bedding material, dishes, litterboxes, and toys


  • Genuine concern, compassion, understanding, and respect for animals of all backgrounds
  • Positive personality with effective communication skills
  • Curiosity and willingness to learn
  • High school diploma or GED/HSED
  • No history of violent or drug-related offenses
  • Proficient in reading, writing, and maintaining detailed records
  • Ability to work independently while adhering to all DCHS policies and procedures
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Physical capability to remain active throughout your shift, including repetitive bending, kneeling, and lifting up to 50 lbs
  • Possession of a valid Wisconsin State Driver’s license
  • No allergies or health conditions that would hinder your ability to perform the outlined duties

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