Working under the supervision of the Shelter’s Animal Health Technician, a Kennel Attendant will attend to all aspects of the care and comfort of the pets at the SPCA Animal Shelter. A basic knowledge of animal behavior would be an asset, but this can be learned on the job.
Above all, applicants should have a genuine desire to nurture and care for animals. The SPCA Animal Shelter maintains high standards of hygiene and health protocols, and the work of the Kennel Attendant is a key component in keeping our facility disease free!
You will ensure the daily care and comfort of our animals by:
- Safely cleaning and sanitizing all shelter areas including kennels, cages and runs, or any area where animals spend time, according to the procedure and standards required.
- Ensuring each animal receives the daily food and water it requires, which often involves following personalized feeding routines.
- Bathing animals when required, especially cats; grooming (hair combing, nail clipping etc.)
- Exercising animals as required, including walking dogs or changing out animals in the cat play room.
- Reporting any abnormal behaviors or health issues to senior staff.
- Handling sick or quarantined animals under the guidance of senior staff.
- Dealing with difficult cats or dogs and being familiar with animal handling and restraint
- Ensuring that laundry and dishes are processed promptly every day.
- Assisting in stocking food and/or cleaning supplies as needed.
- Promptly reporting any repair, maintenance or supply need to senior staff.
- Lifting weights of up to 55lbs (dogs, kennels, cages, food bags, wood pellets etc.).
- Remaining calm, alert, and patient in crisis or conflict.
The majority of your work will be accomplished in the mornings, while the Shelter is closed to the public. This is not a desk job! You will be standing, walking, bending and lifting in the course of a day. You’ll work independently, but always as an important member of a small team of dedicated animal lovers.
Some interaction with the public will be required as you may be called upon to facilitate test drives or adoptions. Maintaining confidentiality about our animals and our clients is very important and all employees must sign a confidentiality form. You must have a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid Saskatchewan driver’s license, as well as your own transportation. You must be able to work some weekends and holidays.
Our starting wage is competitive, and we offer an Employee Benefits Plan to all employees who successfully pass their probation period.
The Swift Current SPCA has been looking after the needs of lost, unwanted and abandoned pets in our community for 45 years. To apply for a job at our Animal Shelter, please send your resume to email@example.com