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We are looking for a people-loving animal advocate that would enjoy serving at the Altus Animal Shelter!​

See full job description below for the details on this 1 year, grant-funded position.

Send resume to Christi Detwiler at Be sure to tell us a little bit about your personal pets and yourself in the email too!

Interested applicants may submit their application until 5 November 2018.

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S.H.A.P.E. Director

Position Summary: The SHAPE Director is responsible for developing and implementing enrichment activities that will enhance the overall health and well-being of animals housed at the Altus Animal Shelter, through physical, tactile, mental, olfactory, and auditory stimulation. These activities will reduce stress, increase socialization, and overall adaptability of the animals. The Director will also perform health checks on pre/post-op spay/neuter surgeries and check the general health of all shelter animals, recommending vet services if needed.

This position is a 1-year grant salaried position for $10,000. The director is required to be at the shelter for a minimum of 3 days/week for 15 hours/week. The director must be available to work one Saturday every other month.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Researches and purchases appropriate materials for the program within budgetary constraints

  • Prepares nutritious recipes, make animal puzzles and toys and distributes to shelter residents

  • Conducts and monitors doggie play groups and consults with shelter staff on appropriate participants for such groups

  • Conducts basic obedience training with the dogs

  • Conducts pre/post-op health checks on spay/neuter surgeries

  • Performs basic welfare check/monitors well being of all shelter animals

  • Communicates with shelter personnel

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of animal health, breed behavior, and training

  • Knowledge of enrichment in the animal shelter setting including concepts and interventions that will improve or maintain the physical and psychological well -being of shelter animals.

  • Ability to identify signs of animal illnesses, diseases, and injuries

  • Ability to work with animals, disinfectants, and cleaning agents.

  • Ability to speak clearly with co-workers, volunteers and the public.

  • Ability to be self-sufficient; perform well with minimal supervision.

  • Organizational and time management skills

The preferred candidate for this position will

  • Love people as much as they love animals

  • Have personal pets that are spayed or neutered

  • Have a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of animals

  • Use positive, research-based training methods

  • Maintain knowledge of current training methods and new best practices

  • Have at least some veterinary technician experience 

  • Have strong organizational skills and good attention to detail

Working Condition

Work is performed in an animal shelter setting with potential for exposure to high noise levels, zoonotic disease, animal bites and scratches. Work is performed indoors, outdoors and with exposure to chemicals and cleaning agent

Note: The City of Altus and Altus Animal Welfare Association (AAWA) require pre-employment criminal background checks and may request drug testing

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