Feline Care Attendant/Adoption Counselor

Position: Feline Care Attendant/Adoption Counselor

Reports to: Animal Care Manager

Location: Newark, DE

Passionate about cats? Want to join a growing team dedicated to bringing people and companion
animals together for a lifetime of love? Delaware SPCA is looking for someone with leadership skills, cat
experience, and a strong desire to find innovative solutions to save more lives. The cats need your
experience, your organizational skills, and your kindness and so do the wonderful folks who look after
them.

Position Summary: The Feline Care Attendant/Adoption Counselor will have responsibility for the
health, wellbeing, and general care of the cats living in our shelter. Working with the Animal Care
Manager, this position oversees feline care, handling, housing, and day-to-day animal care-related
operations of the Cattery. Provides guidance regarding general care issues while upholding and
promoting Delaware SPCA’s standard of animal care. The Feline Care Attendant/Adoption Counselor is
the primary adoption counselor for cats and this is a public-facing role. This is a hands-on job with
significant time spent working directly with and caring for cats. Weekend and holiday availability
required. Opportunities for advancement available for the ideal candidate.

Responsibilities:

  • Work positively with all staff to promote the overall well-being of the cats
  • Discuss specific cat medical/behavioral issues with medical staff as needed and act as liaison
    between the medical staff and feline caretakers
  • Work to promote cats to potential adopters
  • Ensure animals are treated with kindness and respect by all
  • Relate to employees, volunteers, and visitors in a friendly, informative, and professional manner
    and delegate/assign tasks to ensure smooth and safe operations of the Cattery and a positive
    volunteer/visitor experience.
  • Maintain a clean, safe environment at all times and ensure all maintenance/repair issues are
    reported and completed
  • Identify improvements to tasks, processes, and protocols
  • Responsible for ensuring proper care of feral cats who live on property
  • Perform other duties as needed

Skills & Experience:

  • Minimum 1 year of progressively responsible experience working in an animal welfare
    organization; volunteer work credited as experience
  • Minimum high school diploma or GED required, degree preferred
  • Knowledge of and ability to implement and use care-related animal sheltering best practices
  • Strong ability to lead and motivate a team and develop skills in others
  • Initiative to resolve problems independently and enthusiastically persist until goals are achieved
  • Ability to make sound judgments, accept responsibility for outcomes, and work independently in
    a fast-paced environment with ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands
  • Proven communication skills with experience interacting with the general public
  • Must be able to professionally advocate Delaware SPCA’s positions on issues and act in best
    interest of operations
  • Must have the ability to foster a cooperative work environment with staff as well as volunteers

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to routinely lift 40 pounds
  • Must be able to perform strenuous physical activity on a regular basis, including, but not limited
    to: climbing up and down ladders, lifting and carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, cleaning,
    and bending.