Job Description

Apply procedures and policies to provide for the daily needs of all animals. This includes maintaining kennels so they are clean and sanitary, ensure appropriate feeding, identify sick or injured animals and assist in the euthanasia process. Work cohesively with co-workers, other departments and volunteers. Assist the public in a professional manner.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

(Including but not limited to the following) 

  • Commitment to the mission, vision, goals and success of HSPPR
  • Handle all animals in the most humane manner possible
  • Ensure animals are fed appropriate food in the correct quantity
  • Clean and disinfect kennels, cages and when necessary stalls following established protocol
  • Maintain equipment used in these procedures
  • Wash dishes, complete laundry duties, clean and maintain these areas’s following proper procedure and proper equipment use
  • Responsible for identifying sick or injured animals and report information to Shelter Medicine Staff
  • Assist Animal Care Tech II and III with intake exams serving as runner, restrainer and all around assistant as needed
  • Perform daily behavior rechecks and update findings in Chameleon. 
  • May vaccinate animals as appropriate under supervision of Animal Care Tech II / III staff
  • Assist with transfer of animals between Pueblo and HSPPR and other shelters if necessary
  • Assist with the euthanization of animals and disposal of bodies in accordance with euthanasia protocol
  • Restock all items that are used daily in the kennel area
  • Maintain food storage, chemical storage, laundry room and food prep area in a clean, uncluttered and sanitary manner
  • Update animal records in computer system
  • Check inventory of animals daily to ensure correct animal, correct id collar, correct kennel card, report any unresolved discrepancies to Team Leaders
  • Move animal(s) approved for adoption, and ensure kennel cards are updated and re-printed
  • Participate in activities to improve the animal’s well being while in HSPPR’s care
  • Communicate issues and concerns to supervisors 
  • Participate in staff meetings

Who Are We?  The Only Shelter in Colorado AAHA accredited!

Employment at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region - Colorado

HSPPR is a nonprofit animal shelter serving El Paso, Pueblo, and Douglas Counties as well as the City of Centennial.  We employ a total of 190+ employees.  We are an organization that celebrates and prioritizes diversity and inclusion. Employees must be 18 years of age, a drug test and background check are mandatory for employment.  In addition to competitive salaries, we offer comprehensive benefits to our full-time staff. These include:     

Health Insurance     401K with employer matching up to 4% of salary      Dental and vision* Insurances     Supplemental Group Insurance*     Short and long term disability Insurance      Paid time off      Holidays      Direct Deposit          (*) Employee pays full premium

 The core values of the staff unite and guide us to provide the best service to the animals in our care, our organization and our community. 

HSPPR Operating Values: 

  • Compassion: We believe that kindness and respect toward animals is an essential element in building a more humane and civil society.  We work to elevate empathy and behavior in order to prevent animal cruelty, exploitation, and neglect. 
  • Stewardship: We will responsibly manage expenses and revenue, acting for the long-term greater good of the organization, conserving our resources and preserving our environment. 
  • Integrity: We encourage honest dialogue about issues and solutions.  We are willing to explore all options and listen to all perspectives to arrive at the best decisions.  We take responsibility for our behavior –every action counts.   
  • Excellence: We make a difference every day.  We are committed to the safety and protection of people and animals.  We foster a learning environment, encourage new ideas, and care enough to provide constructive feedback. 
  • Collaboration: We are united in the pursuit of our mission.  We will be known as an organization that is inclusive, fair, and transparent. We expand and develop partnerships to further our mission.

Skills / Requirements


Previous kennel or veterinary clinic experience desired.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and peripheral vision.