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hiring PART TIME Animal Care Attendant/Adoption Counselor

Open until filled

The Whitman
County Humane Society, a no-kill and non-profit facility located in Pullman,
WA, is seeking an experienced part-time animal care attendant to help care for
over 600 animals annually.

Care Attendant/Adoption Counselor


Date of last modification: February
6th, 2018

Responsibilities include:

To work in concert with the Shelter Director &
Managers and WCHS Board of Directors in order to fulfill the mission of the
organization and provide for the welfare and care of animals in our charge.

To assist with the management of the daily
operations of the WCHS animal shelter/animal adoption facility, to ensure
operations run smoothly and efficiently in accordance with established
procedures, policies, city ordinances, state & federal laws &
regulations. Must ensure facility is maintained in a sanitary and safe fashion
to protect the health of the animals, staff, and visitors. Must also have a
clean driving record as employee may be responsible for driving the shelter

To ensure biosecurity and containment is
maintained in the animal shelter facility to protect the health of both animals
and people. This would include following proper quarantine and isolation
procedures for animals suspected of having contagious, infectious and/or
zoonotic diseases, providing proper disinfectants, cleaning utensils, and
personnel protective equipment to prevent spread and further infections, seeking
advice and guidance from veterinary and public health officials when animals
are suspected of having diseases which may be a public health concern. Assist
veterinarian and/or veterinary students with exams, vaccinations, collecting
stool samples, and blood collection. Perform FeLV/FIV tests.

Supervise volunteers on a daily basis. This
includes training, overseeing, answering questions, and continuing education.
Candidate must be willing and able to work outside of normal shift hours to
provide back-up care for animals if required.

To ensure animals in our charge are cared for
daily to include proper feeding, watering, shelter and monitoring for signs of
disease, injuries and abnormal behavior and to maintain all animals in a clean
comfortable living environment. To provide for all animal’s physical and
emotional needs.

To provide proper socialization and training of
WCHS animals to increase their adoptability. Training and socializing practices
are to be in accordance with accepted humane handling techniques and advice
from WCHS-approved animal behavior specialists.

To survey all animals on a regular basis for
signs of stress, illness, injury, aggressive tendencies (either towards humans
or other animals) and abnormal behaviors. Must work cooperatively and
professionally with WCHS-approved veterinary staff and City of Pullman animal
control/law enforcement personnel to ensure animals are provided proper medical
and handling care. Must report any significant physical, behavioral or
emotional issues regarding shelter animals to the Shelter Director or Managers.

To promote and facilitate adoption of all WCHS
animals. This includes providing excellent customer service to all visitors and
those contacting the shelter, providing accurate information about adoptable
animals, insuring web-based list (Petango, PetFinder and Facebook) of adoptable
animals is kept up-to-date, reviewing all adoption agreements and animal
records for accuracy and completeness prior to release of animal, reviewing
adoption policy on a regular basis so it keeps to the mission, goals and
practices of the WCHS. Also includes working with recognized, professional
breed rescue groups and other humane organizations on possible transfer of
certain animals to increase chances of placement with responsible qualified

May need to assist with making appointments,
providing safe transportation to and from surgical facility, providing
post-surgical monitoring and minor first aid to sterilized animals. Report any
post-surgery complications to Shelter Director and/or Managers in an expedient
manner. All major, serious wounds and/or clinical signs of disease require
hands-on evaluation by a licensed veterinarian and/or certified/licensed
veterinary technician and need to be reported to the Shelter Director and/or Managers.
All veterinary exams, diagnosis, and treatments are to be documented in the
animal’s medical record.

To ensure proper maintenance of shelter facility
to keep it a safe and clean environment for animals, staff, volunteers, and
visitors. This includes facilitating regular maintenance of HVAC, fire
protection, water/plumbing, telecommunications and physical plant systems for
the building & grounds. Also includes ensuring all equipment used in the
operations of the shelter facility is maintained in proper, safe working order.
May be required to perform minor repairs of facility and equipment.

To maintain accurate and complete records for
WCHS animals, staff, volunteers, foster and training programs, adoptions,
training and education programs, safety policies, and facility maintenance as
required by WCHS policies, directives by the Board of Directors, City contracts/ordinances
and state and federal laws. Must be able to word process and use common PC
software programs. Must have the skill and ability to learn how to use the
current shelter software (PetPoint.) Must be able to utilize the internet and
electronic mail to communicate and gain information pertaining to WCHS and
shelter business. Must be able to use telephone, copy/fax machine, as well as
other common office equipment.

To assist visitors with our community outreach
programs (SNAP coupons & Pet Food Bank) with great customer service. Assist
current, past, and/or potential Pooch Park patrons. This is including but not
limited to duties such as answering questions, assisting with applications,
providing incident reports, gate assistance, assuring all applications are
following the rules and regulations of the park, and reporting any issues to
the Pooch Park committee.

To communicate effectively with the public,
board of directors, WCHS administrative staff, government officials,
veterinary, animal care and behavioral professionals, media, college students
and faculty, members and donors etc. To work cooperatively with WCHS
Administrative Manager on training and education programs, foster program, and
volunteer pr

Minimum qualifications

  • Previous shelter or animal care/handling

  • Positive attitude, with
    excellent customer service skills.

  • Willingness to be a team player
    and collaborate with shelter staff, medical staff, vet students,
    volunteers, Pooch Park patrons, and visitors.

  • Flexible schedule to include
    weekends and holidays and certain week day mornings.

  • Problem-solving skills, a self-starter
    and ability to work well with minimal to no direct supervision.

  • A strong work ethic and be able
    to multi-task effectively.

  • Dedication and compassion for
    the well-being of animals.

  • Exceptional interpersonal
    skills, both written and verbal.

  • Must be able to work with
    various personalities and maintain tact and professionalism at all times.

  • Must be able to work
    effectively in a fast paced, emotionally charged environment.


  • Working knowledge of vaccine protocols, proper animal
    handling skills, common disease symptoms, and knowledge of animal behavior
    and training.

  • Experience with giving vaccinations, and implanting

  • Knowledge and experience with general canine and breed
    specific behaviors, as well as training dogs out of unwanted behaviors.

  • State or university work-study eligibility.

  • Experience with PetPoint software.

Submit a resume, 3 references, and a cover
letter to: admin@whitmanpets.org or deliver them in person to 1340 Old Moscow
Road, Pullman, WA 99163.

 $11.50 per hour

Posted: 2/6/2018

The Great Catsby and the Barking 20s

Our 11th annual Fur Ball and Yappy Hour will be at the SEL Event Center on February 24th, 2018 at 5pm.
Ticket and sponsorship information can be found on our event page: https://www.auctria.com/ev?site=4d92a1c2-9e97-4e58-83f9-282d75a60870

This year's theme is the Great Catsby and the Barking Twenties. Guests are encouraged to dress up!

Want to donate auction items? Feel free to drop auction items at the shelter during business hours (Mon-Sat 1-6pm).

We can't wait to see you there!

Posted: 12/6/2017

Long timer, Bosco, adoption fee just $5!

Bosco, a 6 year old neutered Male Pit Bull mix, is our longest timer here at WCHS. He has been with us since May 10th, 2017 and is looking for his furever home.

Bosco is well-mannered, as long as there aren't any squirrels or dogs around. He has basic obedience and knows a slew of commands. Bosco just gets a tad too excited at the sight of other animals. Bosco is looking for a home that can manage his reactivity. Due to this, he would be best as the only pet in the home. 

Bosco enjoys his walks, but what he loves the most, is when he gets to cuddle up with his people. Most of the photos from Bosco's foster parents include him either a) sleeping or b) begging for chicken treats. 
Bosco normally resides in his foster home, due to his stress level at the shelter. However, Bosco will be at the shelter from December 4th-January 5th. 

As the longest shelter guest, Bosco's adoption fee has been reduced to just $5!
This includes his neuter surgery, up to date vaccines, microchip, and of course Bosco himself!

Give shelter staff a call at 509-332-3422 to learn more or arrange a meeting (if he's in foster). WCHS is open from 1-6pm Monday-Saturdays with adoption hours being from 1-5pm on those days.

Posted: 11/29/2017

Pet Photos with Santa, Both Dates-NOW UP

Thank you to all that came out for our pet photos with Santa on Sat, Dec 2nd.
You can find your photos at this link: 

For those of you that took your photos on Sat, Dec 9th at ShopKo; you can find your photos at the following link:

Posted: 12/7/2017

Thank you ASPCA®!!

WCHS was able to send our Director of Operations, Leslie Krieger, to the 2017 Shelter Medicine Conference held at Cornell University thanks to a generous donation from the ASPCA®!
With the grant, WCHS was able to fly Leslie out to New York from Pullman, WA. 
WCHS continually seeks to improve the quality of life for our shelter guests. Being able to go to conferences such as this, enables us to improve our programs. 

Thank you ASPCA® for your generosity and thank you to all the community members for your love and continual support!

Posted: 8/3/2017

Pooch Park Users: Smile, You're On Candid Camera

Warm and fuzzy reminder:  Pooch Park at Pullman access is on a membership-only basis to provide a safe environment for dogs and their owners as well as to pay for maintenance and upkeep.  We want users to enjoy the park, but not at the expense of other users. Activities like the fence-jumping pictured below are inappropriate and will be referred to Pullman Police.  Thank you for your understanding!

Posted: 5/15/2017

Whitman County Humane Society
Whitman County Humane Society
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Open: 1-6 PM Mon-Sat
Adoptions: 1-5:30 PM Mon-Sat

Shelter: | Phone (509) 332-3422 | Fax (509) 332-2246
1340 SE Old Moscow Road, Pullman WA 99163

Pooch Park at Pullman: | (509) 416-6181

Mailing Address: PO Box 453 Pullman, WA 99163