Canine Care Tech – Main Shelter job vacancy in Wayside Waifs (Kansas City, MO 64030)

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Company name : Wayside Waifs
Location : Kansas City, MO 64030
Position : Canine Care Tech – Main Shelter

Description :
Canine Care Technicians are responsible for ensuring that each canine is provided the highest quality of care during their stay at Wayside Waifs by maintaining clean and comfortable living quarters, and providing mental stimulation and physical exercise on a daily basis.
Technicians will work closely with volunteers and the public, while remaining in constant communication with other departments regarding the mental and physical health of the canines.
1. Ensure that all animals experience a high degree of care, compassion, and support to achieve overall operational goals for the organization.
2. Ensure smooth and efficient operations of all animal care by:

Completing all canine care tasks, in accordance to the standard operating procedures in a timely fashion.
Assisting other canine care technicians as necessary.
Ensuring all supplies are stocked and available for use.
Maintaining a high level of communication with Manager and other team members

3. Ensure compliance with all regulatory, safety, security and operational standards related to animal care.
4.Establish and demonstrate effective working relationships with members of the public, Wayside Waifs staff, and volunteers.
5.Remove donations from the front lobby and organize donations appropriately.
6. Assist members of the public looking for lost pets.
7. Attend training required to enhance knowledge and animal handling skills.
8. Comply with all Wayside Waifs policies and best practices.

Walk general population dogs and monitor walking lists
Assist as a runner for playgroups
Feed and water dogs
Ensure that the shelter looks clean and smells fresh at all times
Spot clean all areas throughout the day and deep clean kennels as needed
Lay blankets and provide toys to the animals
Monitor that animals are placed in the appropriate size kennel
Enter all relevant animal information into database with respect to behavior, health, movement, personality.
Assist members of the public utilizing Waysides pet food pantry
Daily enrichment preparation
Communicate status of workload and information about animals to staff working next shift
Provide support for the preparation and execution of special events as needed
Regularly communicate with supervisor, discussing any challenges, ideas, or suggestions related to the department or overall shelter operations.


Demonstrate a high level of skill at building rapport with the animals and other Wayside Waifs employees.
Demonstrate initiative and problem solving skills to better serve animals and the organization
Strong attention to detail and task orientation.
Ability to work under pressure.
Must be dependable and punctual
This position is considered essential staff, and as such are required to work holidays and when the shelter is closed due to inclement weather or other emergencies.


Demonstrated experience working effectively with people and animals in a variety of high-stress situations.
Animal experience preferred with shelter or vet clinic.


Must be able to lift 50lbs to waist height in order to move animals from kennels, lift food bags, and push and pull a force (i.e. pushing water with the squeegee).
Repetitive bending, kneeling, stooping and similar movements required
Must be able to physically restrain animals weighing up to and including 100 lbs
Able to work with exposure to wet and/or humid conditions and outside weather condition.
Significant amount of standing during a typical day, exposure to fumes, animal smells and airborne particles.
Noise level is moderate to high.
Exposure to animal waste.


High School diploma or GED.

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