Job Description

Summary:  

Assist all Humane Society customers in an efficient and professional manner, primarily those interested in animal adoption. Work cohesively with all departments of the organization. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Act as an adoption matchmaker, introducing potential adopters to their pet of interest and perform adoption visitations when required.
  • Perform adoption counseling, provide animal behavior information, and assist potential adopters with information that will assist them in making sound decisions when considering a new family pet.
  • Provide adopters with necessary information regarding their newly adopted pet including information on vaccination and/or veterinary history, microchip information, access to pet health insurance plan, animal return policy, etc.
  • Retrieves reclaimed and/or adopted animals from the kennel area. Practices safe animal handling.
  • Assist TNR program with program duties such as trap rental/return, surgery check-in/check-out, colony manager reclaims and other TNR related duties.
  • Review adoption hold reports on a daily basis, remove inactive/expired holds when required.
  • Ask customers for monetary donations.
  • Educate customers regarding animal shelter dynamics, animal overpopulation, adoption criteria, and euthanasia.
  • Remain calm and courteous to customers, volunteers, and co-workers at all times.
  • Provide humane care to all animals entering or housed in the facility.
  • Maintain professionalism (attendance, punctuality, dress, actions, and speech) in all internal and external interactions.
  • Provide accurate information and friendly service to the public.
  • Collect all fees and give correct change.
  • Accept in-kind donations of food and/or supplies and ensure that they are properly distributed for use or stored.
  • Regularly review supply levels. Notify a supervisor if supplies are getting low.
  • Keep customer service area clean and uncluttered.
  • Process dog and cat licenses.
  • Provide medications (with instructions) to customers adopting sick or injured animals and direct them to veterinary care.
  • Provide Lost and Found support by calling on "notify owner" as assigned by Supervisor and documenting all attempts thoroughly.
  • Do “lock up” procedures in the evening to ensure all entrances are locked, kennel lights are turned off and building entrances are secure.
  • Report any problems with customers that you feel cannot be adequately handled to the Adoptions Supervisor, Admissions Supervisor, or Customer Service Manager.
  • Train new Customer Service Department volunteers. Provide Customer Service Manager, Customer Service Supervisors and Volunteer Services Manager with volunteer progress reports and updates as needed. Be willing to provide volunteers with appropriate and constructive feedback if required.
  • Close out the cash box and financials at the end of the day as needed.
  • Assist Animal Care Department with animal care duties including, but not limited to, daily kennel cleaning for cats and dogs, animal movement, and assistance with animal processing.
  • Provide compassionate care and services for customers in various emotional states. Provide grief counseling resources as needed.
  • Maintain adequate knowledge of Admissions and Lost & Found Department. May be required to assist in Admissions if there are staff shortages in the department.
  • Other duties as assigned.   

Other:

  • Commitment to the mission, values, goals and success of HSPPR
  • Perform all other duties as assigned. 

Education:  

High school graduate or equivalent. Must complete and pass required training and skills assessments provided by the society within established timeframe. This includes vaccinations of animals and safe handling of aggressive animals using animal safety gear and personal protective equipment. Must have minimum of 2 years of paid or unpaid experience working with animals in a kennel, shelter, grooming facility, animal rescue, farm, veterinary hospital or equivlent. Advanced training and/or instruction in field of customer service preferred. Experience in de-escalating conflicts required. Working self-knowledge of compassion fatigue preferred. Excellent working knowledge of animal breeds, nutrition, general care and behavior related information required. Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to use Chameleon software program a plus. Must be 21 years old, have a valid CO Drivers License and good driving record.

 Physical Demands: 

Ability to push, pull and/or lift 50lbs. Mandatory drug testing with a negative result. The skill to handle physically, mentally, and emotionally stressful work. 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. 

Interested applicants should submit their application and resume to http://jobs.hsppr.org/jobs   EOE

Who Are We?  The first of only two AAHA accredited shelters in Colorado!

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 Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness qualified employer.  To learn more about this program, go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/.

Important Notes

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 animals matter. We are committed to treating animals and people with kindness, respect and compassion.

• Stewardship: We are accountable and transparent in our actions and in the use of our resources to build trust in those we serve.

• Integrity: We believe we can make the greatest impact by staying true to our mission, always doing what is best for the animals and people of our community, and standing united in our decisions.

• Excellence: We are passionate about our mission, and strive for excellence through continual learning, innovation and the development of our board, staff and volunteers.

• Collaboration: We seek strategic partnerships and alliances to advance the welfare and protection of animals and people.