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WCHS hiring FULL TIME Animal Care Attendant/Adoption Counselor

Open until filled

Whitman County Humane Society, a no-kill and non-profit facility located in
Pullman, WA, is seeking an experienced full-time (37-40 hours weekly) animal
care attendant to help care for over 500 animals annually.

Animal Care Attendant/Adoption Counselor


Date of
last modification: March 28th, 2017


To work in concert with
the Shelter Director 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 vehicle.

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

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
animalís 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 Assistant Director.

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 in order to increase chances of placement
with responsible qualified owners.

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 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. All
veterinary exams, diagnosis, and treatments are to be documented in the
animalís 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

  • 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.

  • Problem-solving skills and
    ability to work well with minimal supervision.

  • A self-starter and the ability
    to work independently with little or 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 microchips.

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

  • State or university work-study

  • Experience with PetPoint

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 per hour, insurance-eligible after probationary period.

Posted: 6/23/2017

CLOSED July 4 (Independence Day)

When: 7/4

WCHS will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 so that our staff can enjoy the Independence Day holiday.  If you lose or find a pet, please call 509-332-3422 and someone will get back to you as soon as they are able.  WCHS will reopen Wednesday, July 5 at 1 PM.  Thank you!

Posted: 6/23/2017

CLOSED Saturday, 7/15

When: 7/15

WCHS will be CLOSED to the public on Saturday, 7/15, for an all-staff retreat.  If you lose or find a pet, please call 509-332-3422 and someone will get back to you when they are able.  WCHS will reopen to the public Monday, 7/17.  Thank you for your understanding!

Posted: 6/23/2017

Volunteers Sought for National Lentil Festival Beer Garden F 8/18

When: 8/18 | 4:30-11:30 PM

The Friday Night Lentil Festival Beer Garden is one of the biggest fundraisers of WCHS' year, raising over $5000 for homeless pets in 2016. WCHS is currently still ironing out the details of our contract with the Pullman Chamber of Commerce. This year, current WCHS vice president Becky Bitter (beckyjbitter@yahoo.com), but you may also e-mail webmaster@whitmanpets.org.

If you can help out, please let us know which shift(s) you are able to assist with. We also need a good contact phone number and/or e-mail address from you. When the event gets closer and/or when we know more, we will let you know where you have been assigned. Thank you for your support!

Friday night shifts are 4:30-8 and 7:45-11:30 PM

Duties are:
Beer/cider pouring
Sales of tickets/glasses at the "door" (almost gone!)
Sales of tickets/glasses "inside" the garden (RESERVED)

Posted: 5/30/2017

Candidates for the Board of Directors, 2017-2020

When: Vote by 7/15

Meet our candidates for the board of
directors!  Voting occurs by negative election, meaning a 2/3 negative vote is required to decline a candidate.  Please e-mail comments and/or votes to webmaster@whitmanpets.org.  You must be a current WCHS member (http://whitmanpets.org/join) for your vote to count.  Thank you!

Kelly Sebold is a Pullman native and WSU
graduate who works
at Pullman Regional Hospital as a speech language pathologist.  She enjoys giving back to
the community and currently
serves on the WCHS board as Secretary.
In addition, Kelly has written and won
several grants
for the organization and currently leads
the Fundraising and Communication Committee.
Kelly is seeking re-election for another 3 year term.


Dr. Leticia Fanucchi, DVM, PhD is a
veterinarian specializing in
animal behavior. She also advises the Shelter Training
Program and has actively worked with and trained WCHS dogs
for the last 6 years.
She trained in behavior at the ASPCA headquarters in New York
and with a board
certified veterinary behaviorist in Florida before coming to
Pullman. Leticia
has assisted over the years as a member of the board and also
led the Parade of
Pets during the annual Furball fundraisers. Leticia is seeking
re-election for another 3 year term.


Kylene Daschofsky will be starting the
DVM program at WSU in
the fall with a focus in shelter medicine. She has over six
years of experience
both working and volunteering for non-profit, no-kill animal
shelters (WCHS
included). Her roles within shelter operations have allowed
her to work within
every aspect of running a shelter and she will bring that
insight into the
board with
innovative ideas to improve WCHS. Sheltering is her passion
and she would love
to show her commitment through serving as a board member for
WCHS for her first
3 year term.

Posted: 6/2/2017

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