Rescue/Foster Assistant
Sacramento, CA Animal Care

Sacramento SPCA Job Description

Job Title: Rescue/Foster Assistant 

Department: Animal Services

Reports To: Foster/Rescue Coordinators/Animal Care Manager/Animal Practice Manager

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Part Time: 6 hour/4 day week (24 hours)

General Summary:

This position is primarily responsible for assisting with rescue placements and foster care. This position facilitates communication and coordinates transfer of animals out to foster homes and rescue groups.

Essential Job Functions:

1. Work directly with the Sacramento SPCA Foster and Rescue Coordinators to assist with foster and rescue placement. Serve as backup to Foster and Rescue Coordinators when they are out of office.

2. Create and routinely update a master rescue list of all-breed and breed specific rescue groups.

3. Responsible for tracking and maintaining records. 

4. Determine if animals are suitable adoption, foster or rescue candidates.

5. Utilize SSPCA computer programs to schedule spay/neuter surgeries and other procedures.

6. Evaluate the health of potential foster/rescue candidates with the help of the Shelter Medicine Veterinarian, Animal Care Manager, Rescue Coordinator and Foster Care Coordinator.

7. While maintaining a high regard for public safety, evaluate the health and behavior of SPCA animals to determine their status as euthanasia, adoption, or rescue candidate.

8. Responsible for contacting foster homes and rescues with updates on an animal’s disposition.

9. Organize transport of animals to and from shelters and rescue groups including driving Sacramento SPCA vehicles to and from shelters in the area as needed.

10. Frequently coordinate with SSPCA volunteers and volunteers from other agencies to obtain information on rescue animals. 

11. Keep accurate records of all communications made in attempt to get an animal placed.

12. Will clean and disinfect all equipment needed for transport including: crates, vehicles, and other supplies.

13. Bathes and grooms animals, administers vaccinations and completes preliminary physical examinations in the prescribed manner. Medicates any animal designated for treatment by the Staff Veterinarian as needed. 

14. Invoicing, some collections and receipting for services to rescue animals

15. Must be punctual and maintain regular, predictable attendance.

16. Must be committed to a high standard of safety and be willing and able to comply with all safety laws and all of the employer’s safety policies and procedures and must be willing to report safety violations and potential safety violations to appropriate supervisory or management personnel.

17. Insures that animal(s) are spayed/neutered prior to rescue either by physical exams or scheduling surgeries with Spay Clinic. Tracks the spay/neuter of animals that may have to be altered after leaving due to health or medical rehabilitation.

18. May be asked to assist and perform euthanasia on shelter animals as needed. 

Additional Duties and responsibilities:

1. Must be able to work independently and be self-motivated.

2. Treats all animals humanely, with compassion and concern, both on and off the job and transmits these values to others.

Working Conditions:

1. May be exposed to hostile or abusive members of the public. Must be able to deal with an often times emotion-charged public and carry a fast paced and changing work load which at times can be stressful.

2. By nature of the job, there is occasional exposure with dead, injured, sick, unruly, vicious, and/or dangerous animals in addition to exposure to parasites and infectious diseases.

3. Must be available and willing to work such weekends, holidays, overtime, and attend mandatory training and meetings as the employer determines are necessary or desirable to meet its business needs

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees, but is not a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Either employer or employee may terminate the employment relationship at any time with or without notice and with or without cause.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Knowledge of wild/exotic animals and domestic animals, including breeds, behavior, appropriate care and housing, common health problems, disease symptoms and handling techniques.

2. Excellent communication and public relation skills

3. Ability to read, write, speak, spell, and understand English at a professional level.

4. Ability to get along and work effectively with the public, management, fellow employees, volunteers, and other agencies and groups.

5. Basic office skills: filing, phones, email, data entry, copy machines

6. Type and enter data at a rate of 30 words per minute with minimal errors.

7. Basic computer skills using standard office programs such as Word, Excel and similar programs

8. Valid California Drivers license with a clear driving record for at least one year prior to application. Driving skills for both standard and automatic transmission vehicles

Education and Experience:

1. High school graduate or GED equivalent with one year related animal care experience and/or training.

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