Dog Kennel Cleaning Assistant

Position description: Dog Kennel Cleaning Assistants with the cleaning of each dog kennel in the main adoption kennels, while also 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.

Dog Kennel Cleaning Assistants must practice safe animal handling per PAWS protocols and be open to feedback from staff. This position requires a tolerance for loud noise, and volunteers are exposed to various cleaning agents. Volunteers must be comfortable using hoses and scrubbing brushes. This job can be intense and physically demanding, and requires repetitious scrubbing, bending, and lifting.

Duties include: socializing and comforting the dogs; teaching dogs basic obedience commands; monitoring behavior and medical needs on daily log; sanitizing each kennel in the main adoption kennels; scooping poop; washing down kennels with hose; scrubbing each kennel with detergent; bleaching, rinsing and squeegee-ing kennels; assisting with dishes and laundry; and sweeping and mopping.

This is a high animal contact position.

Dates available: year-round

Monday through Friday, 8-11 a.m. or 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 7-10 a.m. or 8-11 a.m.
Volunteers are scheduled for the same shift each week.

Time commitment: A weekly shift for three hours for a minimum of three months.

Location: PAWS Companion Animal Shelter, Lynnwood WA

Training required: Dog Kennel Cleaning Assistants are required to attend:

  • A volunteer orientation.
  • A one to two-hour hands-on skills training.

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