2581 Winchester Road
"Let's Speak for Those Who Cannot Speak for Themselves."
Their Voice Rescue, a new 501(c)3 nonprofit, is hiring part-time and full-time dog caregivers at our sanctuary headquartered on 50 beautiful acres in Delaplane, VA.
Our objective is to save as many dogs as we can from kill shelters nationwide and place them in loving forever homes. We network with other shelters and rescues to bring dogs at risk of euthanasia into our care. Additionally, we aim to bring awareness to, and advance the efforts of, ending the Yulin Dog Festival and other acts of animal slaughter/cruelty stateside and around the world.
Dog caregivers will work closely with the Operations Manager and fellow caregivers to oversee the health, physical and emotional well-being, and general care of the dogs. Evening, weekend, and some holiday availability is required.
Primary Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Providing care and handling for dogs who might have come from difficult backgrounds and will need extra patience and compassion
• Providing care for dogs that might have significant medical issues, including various contagious diseases, some of which could be zoonotic
• Feeding dogs in strict adherence to posted feeding instructions, including special diets and supplements
• Providing medications to dogs as directed by the veterinarians and Operations Manager
• Cleaning the dogs' kennels which will include exposure to dog feces, urine, blood, and other bodily fluids; sometimes dogs in our care are not house trained, so individual kennels might need to be cleaned repeatedly throughout your shift
• Ensuring all dogs have clean, fresh water available to them at all times
• Reporting behavioral and health observations to the Operations Manager and collaborating with the dog care team to find solutions to issues which might arise
• Walking, training, and socializing with the dogs frequently throughout the day in all types of weather
• Adhering to any and all training plans implemented by the Operations Manager, dog care team, and any trainers or experts consulting on behavioral or medical concerns for the dogs
• Adhering to a philosophy of positive training methods at all times
• Grooming the dogs, including brushing and occasional bathing
• Ensuring that all areas of the kennels and work stations are kept clean and organized
• Assisting in the training and supervision of volunteers
Additional Responsibilities could include, but are not limited to:
• Assisting with off-site adoption events, including planning, coordinating, and ensuring adequate staff coverage at both the events and the sanctuary
• Assisting with volunteer recruitment
• Assisting with community outreach and networking
• Assisting with fundraising
It could go unsaid that applicants must love dogs; they must also know, and understand, the hard work that goes into taking care of up to 20 dogs at a time. Applicants must realize that the dogs in our care are not necessarily friendly with other dogs and might not have been adequately socialized with other dogs or humans prior to their arrival at Their Voice. As a result, they might bark a lot, pull on their leashes, and exhibit other undesirable behaviors. We are here to help the dogs in our care learn the skills and good manners they will need to be successful in their adoptive homes. However, please be aware, this can be a very noisy and physically demanding work environment.
Qualifications and Educational Requirements
• Strong desire to work with dogs
• Experience working or volunteering in animal care with a rescue or shelter organization or in a veterinary setting preferred
• Dog caregivers must be at least 18 years old
• High school diploma or GED (or working toward their completion) required
• Basic computer skills required (primarily for checking email)
• Valid Driver's License and reliable transportation required
Physical Requirements & Work Environment
• Work is performed at Their Voice headquarters, which includes areas where dogs live and are cared for, office spaces, stairs, and outdoor locations
• Subject to dog bites and scratches while handling dogs of questionable temperament
• Regular bending, reaching, kneeling, sitting on the floor, crouching, and dog walking
• Occasionally lifting up to 50 pounds
• Working outdoors in all weather conditions, including high heat, humidity, rain, cold, wind, snow, sleet, etc.
• Occasionally working at computer station and operating electronic equipment
• Must be able to work a flexible schedule which will include evenings, weekends, and some holidays
• Must be able to tolerate the emotional aspect of work in an animal shelter environment
• Potential for exposure to animal feces, blood, and zoonotic diseases
Background checks are required before starting work at Their Voice.
Pay will be hourly and depend upon experience.
Interested candidates should please submit a one-page cover letter and a resume summarizing applicable experience. Please detail how you will use your skills to help Their Voice Rescue grow and foster a positive environment for both the dogs in our care and your fellow staff members.
Opportunities are available to begin work immediately upon completion of a background check.
A full time position will be offered to the right candidate and will include benefits. Hourly pay for part-time work is DOE.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required