Adoption Attendant Volunteer Position
Reports to: Adoption Counselors
Work Location: DAWG Shelter
Commitment: At least 3 months or 1 internship period
Purpose of the Position: Adoption Attendants help match DAWGs with their forever homes while creating a positive experience for prospective adopters, the general public and volunteers.
- Actively reaching out to and interacting with the general public, specifically talking with prospective adopters to find out what they are looking for in a dog.
- Interacting with/getting to know the available dogs.
- Photographing adoptions and keep record of positive adoption stories.
- Helping people through the adoption process, sharing information about dog care and behavior, and interviewing applicants in a conversational way. Decisions about adoptions must be made by the paid Adoption Counselors.
- Following up on adoptions by phone to check in one month after the dog has been placed in the new home.
- Maintaining accurate and updated records in the Animal Shelter Manager database.
- Learning dog behavior, common issues, and ways to address them in order to make good adoption matches and to keep animals in homes.
- Assisting with the cleaning of the office and animal areas as needed, including spot cleaning of animal and public areas throughout the day.
- Transporting animals, cages and other equipment to and from off-site events.
- Treating all animals humanely, properly, and with compassion at all times, regardless of the situation or circumstance and promoting a humane and caring attitude toward all animals.
- Enthusiastic support of the no-kill philosophy.
- Professional demeanor with exceptional customer service skills.
- Familiarity with dogs either through formal training or work experience.
- Ability and initiative- able to work with minimal supervision and direction. Ability to communicate effectively with a culturally diverse staff, volunteers and community in a professional manner.
- Ability to lift and move objects and animals weighing up to 50 pounds for short distances and to humanely restrain a dog when necessary.
- Comfort and ability to work with dogs of unknown disposition and those who may exhibit medical and other problems, as well as aggressive tendencies.
- Use your customer service skills and love of animals to match dogs with their forever homes.
- Recognition by DAWG staff and board in a variety of ways.
Please email Ashley Algieri at email@example.com if you are interested!