LifeLine Animal Project at DeKalb currently has the following job openings:

  • Vet Assistant
  • Animal Care Attendant
  • Intake Specialist

Scroll down to read more information about each job and how to apply. 

Veterinary Assistant

Assisting the veterinarian by performing health checks, surgery, and providing medications for animals. 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Perform intake on new animals including exam, vaccines, testing.
  • Examine animals in the shelter for diseases, parasites, injuries and other afflictions. 
  • Assist the veterinarian with diagnostic exams and medical procedures.
  • Collect blood, urine, and stool samples as needed.
  • Prepare animals for surgery.  Monitor health during surgery and recovery.
  • Administer vaccinations and medications for animals in the clinic and kennel.
  • Perform basic first aid on injured animals.
  • Maintain cleanliness and orderliness of medication and medical equipment.
  • Clean instruments and surfaces.  Wrap packs.
  • Clean recovery and other cages in the clinic area.  Clean crates if needed.
  • Data entry of medical information, procedures, and notes.

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Animal Care Attendant

Summary: Responsible for cleaning cages and kennels, feeding animals, processing animals during intake, assisting customers who are interested in adopting a pet. Other duties may include medicating animals, contacting owners of tagged pets, assisting in rehabilitation of and transporting animals, and other tasks as assigned.   

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Properly cleaning and disinfecting stainless steel dog and cat cages and dog kennels.  
  • Properly feeding and watering dogs, cats and other animals based on age, size, weight and condition.
  • Providing excellent assistance to customers who are interested in adopting a dog or cat or who are looking for their lost pet.
  • Notifying kennel supervisors or veterinary personnel of sick or pregnant animals.  
  • Safely and properly handling all animals including bite quarantine animals, vicious animals and feral cats.  
  • Processing dogs, cats and other animals during intake to include entering data correctly in animal management software, vaccinating animals, deworming animals, taking pictures, scanning animals for chips and looking for ID tags.
  • Updating animal management software when an animal’s status has changed or if it is moved to a new cage. 
  • Notifying the owners of tagged pets that their pet has been impounded.
  • Euthanizing animals or assisting with euthanasia.
  • Taking specimens of rabies suspect animals.
  • Transporting sick or injured animals to offsite veterinarians or outreach events as needed.
  • Other tasks as assigned. 

Qualifications:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.    
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Knowledge of general animal care principles and practices.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods (8 hours a day) and to bend and reach to perform assigned work activities.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. without assistance.
  • Ability to interact with impounded dogs, cats and other animals including vicious, stray, sick or injured animals. Ability to handle seeing and dealing with animals that have been abused, neglected or treated cruelly.  
  • Ability to understand and follow a variety of oral and written instructions/procedures.
  • Ability to learn animal management software system and accurately enter information into the software system.  
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to learn/perform a variety of animal care related work activities.
  • Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity. 
  • Ability to handle performing or assisting with euthanasia. 
  • Must be available to work on weekends.
  • Must pass background check and drug screening.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must like animals!

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and salary history to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Intake Specialist

Summary: Responsible for cleaning cages and kennels, feeding animals, and processing animals during intake. Other duties may include medicating animals, assisting owners who are brining pets, contacting owners of tagged pets, assisting in rehabilitation of and transporting animals, and other tasks as assigned.   

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Properly cleaning and disinfecting dog and cat cages.
  • Properly feeding and watering dogs, cats and other animals based on age, size, weight and condition.
  • Notifying kennel supervisors or veterinary personnel of sick, injured, or pregnant animals.  
  • Safely and properly handling all animals including bite quarantine animals, vicious animals and feral cats.  
  • Processing dogs, cats and other animals during intake to include:
  • Entering data correctly in animal management software
  • Vaccinating animals
  • Deworming animals
  • Taking pictures, scanning animals for chips and looking for ID tags
  • Drawing blood and performing heartworm and combo tests
  • Reading case notes to properly classify animals
  • Updating animal management software when an animal’s status has changed or if it is moved to a new cage. 
  • Euthanizing animals or assisting with euthanasia.
  • Taking specimens of rabies suspect animals.
  • Transporting sick or injured animals to offsite veterinarians or outreach events as needed.
  • Learn characteristics of basic animal behavior.
  • Other tasks as assigned. 

Qualifications:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.    
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Knowledge of general animal care principles and practices.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods (8 hours a day) and to bend and reach to perform assigned work activities.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. without assistance.
  • Ability to interact with impounded dogs, cats and other animals including vicious, stray, sick or injured animals. Ability to handle seeing and dealing with animals that have been abused, neglected or treated cruelly.  
  • Ability to understand and follow a variety of oral and written instructions/procedures.
  • Ability to learn animal management software system and accurately enter information into the software system.  
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to learn/perform a variety of animal care related work activities.
  • Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity. 
  • Ability to handle performing or assisting with euthanasia. 
  • Must be available to work on weekends.
  • Must pass background check and drug screening.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must like animals!

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and salary history to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..