Position description: Dog Kennel Attendants help care and comfort the dogs in the kennels. Kennel attendants also provide customer service to the public and assist them by answering questions about the adoption process as well as about particular animals. They are also active in teaching the dogs basic obedience commands with the goal of making their stay at the shelter more stimulating. Training also helps the dogs make an easier transition into their new homes.
Volunteers must have excellent communication and customer service skills, and must practice safe animal handling per PAWS protocols. This position requires a tolerance for loud noise and strong smells. Volunteers interact with dogs of various sizes, shapes, breeds and manners.
Duties include: assisting the public; socializing and comforting the dogs; teaching dogs basic obedience commands; monitoring behavior and medical needs on daily log; preparing and giving dog treats; scooping poop; assisting with laundry and dishes; and preparing food and feeding dogs.
Select volunteers who have been at PAWS six months have the opportunity to become Advanced Training Volunteers (ATV). ATV's work with some of our more challenging dogs on training, behavior modification and stress reduction. Additional training is required for ATV's.
This is a high animal contact position.
Dates available: year-round
Shifts: Mid-afternoon shifts: Monday through Friday, 12- 3 p.m. or 1- 4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Evening shifts: Monday through Wednesday, 4- 6:30 p.m.; Thursday through Friday, 4- 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2- 5 p.m. Volunteers are scheduled for the same shift each week.
Time commitment: A weekly shift for two to three hours for a minimum of three months.
Location: PAWS Companion Animal Shelter, Lynnwood WA
Training required: Dog Kennel Attendants are required to attend:
- A volunteer orientation.
- A two to three-hour hands-on skills training.