- Recruiting and providing ongoing training to foster volunteers on all aspects of high-quality animal care including observation of health or behavioral changes, enrichment, and fear-free handling.
- Clearly communicating any medical or behavioral needs of the animal to the foster family.
- Ensuring the placement of Anderson animals urgently needing foster into appropriate foster homes
- Confirming that all animals in foster receive medications and vaccinations in a timely manner and attend scheduled appointments with Anderson’s clinic
- Coordinating the logistics of placing animals into the foster home between Anderson staff and foster families
- Administer microchips and vaccinations to foster population
- Communicating health and behavior status of foster animals to appropriate staff as needed
- Quickly and competently responding to foster families’ requests for assistance
- Ensuring volunteers know and adhere to guidelines in the Foster Manual, updating as necessary.
- Other duties as assigned
- Thorough understanding of common illnesses of dogs and cats
- A deep appreciation of the importance of respect for all life and a desire to model this behavior at all times when dealing with animals as well as other people
- Knowledge of and support for Anderson’s mission/vision, and desire to advance the organization through strong customer relations
- Can clearly, concisely, and effectively communicate both verbally (in-person and over the phone) and in writing
- Attends all-staff and manager meetings
- Associates or Bachelor’s degree preferred. Previous foster care coordinator experience or equivalent professional experience is a plus
- Bilingual Spanish fluency and open availability will be given preference
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
- Strong organizational skills
- Must have a valid IL driver’s license
- Possible shared office/cubicle space
- Exposure to animals and high noise levels
- Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, animal bites, and scratches
- Ability to walk, sit, stand, and/or endure occasional periods of high activity in all weather conditions
- Strength and willingness to work with domestic animals of a variety of sizes and temperaments
- Physical ability and willingness to work with domestic and wild animals with a wide variety of temperaments and species
All volunteers and staff of Anderson Humane must understand and accept that, even though all reasonable accommodations are made to support the physical and emotional health of our shelter animals, there are situations in which animals must be euthanized.