Do you want to work in a place where you can really make a difference?
See below for current job opportunities at Animal Friends. We offer an exciting, fast-paced work environment with an enthusiastic team of dedicated animal lovers. Animal Friends is an equal opportunity employer and gives equal consideration to all applicants for employment regardless of race, color, age, disability, creed, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.
Don’t forget! We depend on volunteers to do many different types of work at Animal Friends. Click here to become a volunteer!
- Behavior Care Technician
- Clinic Services Veterinary Technician
- Retail and Dog Wash Associate
- Janitorial Technician
Director of Volunteer Services
Part Time (15-25 hours per week)
May include weekends and evenings
Animal Friends is a non-profit companion animal resource center serving the needs pets and people for 70 years. With more than 3,000 active volunteers, Animal Friends has contributed over 2,000,000 hours of volunteer service to our shelter and community over the past 10 years at our Camp Horne Road facility.
The Volunteer Department Intern will gain first-hand experience in volunteer program planning, advertising, and implementation in a non-profit setting, including, but not limited to individual and day of service group volunteer opportunities.
Hands-on duties will include:
- Assisting with developing marketing and advertising strategies for volunteer events and programs
- Set up and tear down for volunteer functions
- Assisting with volunteer fairs and day of service group programs
- Assisting with directing and managing Day of Service volunteer programs and office assistance volunteers
- Aide in event planning, decorating, and implementation
Administrative duties will include:
- Update, input and compile data with Volgistics Volunteer Management System
- Volunteer program research
- Email and phone correspondence
- Assist with other relevant duties as requested
The intern will be one of the onsite representatives and a contact person for volunteer questions and scheduling. He or she should be able to trouble shoot and problem solve efficiently, while maintaining composure around clients, donors, animals, and volunteers.
Reports directly to the Director of Volunteer Services and the Volunteer Coordinators.
Actively engages with various departments throughout Animal Friends.
- Must be over 18
- Must have the ability to follow directions, work independently, and efficiently manage one’s time
- Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Must be willing to work (set up, run, tear down) Animal Friends volunteer programs when needed, in conjunction with the Volunteer Department team and volunteers
- Must be comfortable working with and around shelter animals including, dogs, cats, and rabbits
- Must have sincere interest in the vision and mission of the Animal Friends organization and be willing to comply with our culture statement
- Must have access to reliable transportation to and from Animal Friends and be open to local travel
- Computer literacy required with a working knowledge Microsoft Office Suite
- May be working with materials of a confidential nature and must be able to maintain confidentiality of information
Please submit a cover letter and resume to Tracey Eakin, Chief Financial Officer at TEakin@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.
Senior Behavior Care Coordinator
6 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2-10 p.m. shifts available
Weekends and weekdays
The Behavior Care Technician’s primary duties involve direct care of the shelter animals. This care involves feeding of the animals and cleaning of the cages, as well as general cleaning and upkeep of the entire shelter. Behavior Care Technicians are in direct contact with the public, volunteers and other shelter staff and thus a positive, friendly attitude and ability to work with others are essential components of this position. Behavior Care Technicians are expected to maintain a professional, courteous demeanor with co-workers, visitors, volunteers and other staff at all times. Candidates must also embrace the programs and mission of Animal Friends.
To care for the shelter’s animals, Behavior Care Technicians are responsible for:
- Daily cleaning of all animal enclosures;
- Feed and water all animals;
- Keep work and animal areas clean and well-organized;
- Restocking of supplies;
- Walk and/or socialize animals as needed;
- Collect stool and urine specimens as directed;
- Report any behavioral or health concerns;
- Assist in transporting animals to veterinary hospitals as needed.
To assist with shelter maintenance, Behavior Care Technicians are responsible for:
- Garbage removal;
- Clean restrooms;
- Assist in cleaning of public areas;
- Assist in snow removal from sidewalks;
- Notify supervisor when repairs or additional supplies are needed.
- High school diploma or GED required.
- Must have access to dependable transportation and openness to local travel.
- Valid driver’s license preferred.
- Must be able to work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends and some holidays.
- Must be able to work special events including, but not limited to, Bark in the Park and Black Tie & Tails.
- Must be able to push, pull, lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds. Shelter work is physically demanding.
- Must have a sincere interest in the work, programs and mission of Animal Friends, Inc.
Please submit cover letter and resume to Carla Patarini, Senior Behavior Care Coordinator at CPatarini@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.
Job Overview and Responsibility:
This intern will work closely with the Event Coordinators in preparation and staffing of events both on and off site.
Daily tasks may include:
- Planning, coordination, supervision and implementation of events.
- Conceptualizing and presenting ideas for new third party events.
- Acting as a positive ambassador of the organization, promoting Animal Friends’ mission, vision, culture and policies throughout the community.
Additionally, he/she will gain first-hand experience in fundraising by completing the following tasks:
- Solicitation phone calls and email correspondence.
- Filing paperwork and organizing supplies.
- Miscellaneous office tasks.
Requirements and Qualifications:
- Must have a flexible schedule, including being available on nights and weekends.
- Must be open to local travel and have access to reliable transportation.
- Must be 18 years or older.
- Ability to follow directions, work independently and efficiently manage one’s time.
- Must be able to troubleshoot and problem solve effectively, while maintaining composure around clients, donors, animals and volunteers.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Must be comfortable soliciting and working with individuals and businesses.
- Comfortable working with and around dogs, cats and rabbits.
- Must have sincere interest in the work, programs, and mission of Animal Friends.
- Required to become an Animal Friends volunteer prior to start date.
Term of Position:
Hours TBD as needed for college credit (if applicable)
Course credit (if applicable)
Do you want to change the world one pet at a time? If so, Animal Friends, Inc. is looking for you! We are a fully equipped, progressive shelter providing for the care of more than 2,500 adoptable animals every year. Come spread your wings on our 75-acre campus right outside of Pittsburgh, PA which is repeatedly honored as one of America’s Most Livable Cities.
We are seeking a full-time veterinarian who is experienced in practicing high quality medicine using digital radiography, digital dental radiography, Dentalaire dental machine, ultrasound, cold laser therapy, fully-equipped surgery suite and a highly qualified staff of technicians and volunteers to support you daily. There is also an emergency and specialty practice less than a mile away that we enjoy a close working relationship with when necessary.
Along with the medical team, our veterinarian works closely with the behavior department, an enrichment team, the humane investigations officers and a large and dedicated group of volunteers and fosters to enhance and cultivate a positive experience while the animal is residing at the shelter. Through collaborative efforts and enrichment across all departments we strive to reduce stress and promote effective strategies to move animals from admission to adoption.
If you are a licensed veterinarian, consider coming to Animal Friends and learn of our life-saving mission and of the exceptional work the medical team does. We are by far one of the oldest and most respected humane organizations in Western Pennsylvania. Come work in a supportive environment that clearly delivers on its mission of improving the lives of homeless animals each and every day.
Hospital Responsibilities Include:
- Orchestrating medical care of cats, dogs, and rabbits in our care in-house and in foster care
- Surgery including but not limited to spay/neuter (including pediatric)
- Other surgeries including but not limited to amputations, enucleations, mass removals, cystotomies, etc.
- Working collaboratively with other departments for the best outcome of each animal
- Supporting humane investigations cases
- Development of SOPs
- Disease outbreak management
- Education of staff and volunteers
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD)
- Eligible to be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Pennsylvania. (We will pay fees.)
- Current DEA license for controlled substances. (We will pay for renewal fees.)
- Willingness and ability to work hours necessary for successful organizational operations and care of the 250+ animals on site, including coverage on some weekends, holidays, evenings and also on-call.
- Health/Vision/Dental Benefits
- 401K available
- Licensing Expenses
- Continuing Education Expenses
- Professional organizations memberships (AVMA, PVMA, WPVMA)
- Paid Time Off—holidays, sick time, vacation, and your birthday!
- Free and confidential employee assistance program
- One “priceless” animal adoption per year
- Location: suburban 75-acre campus, Pittsburgh, PA 15237, United States
- Position Title: Shelter Hospital Veterinarian
- Company Name: Animal Friends, Inc.
- Job Function: Veterinarian
- Entry Level: No
- Job Type: Full-Time
Qualified and interested candidates, please contact Ann Ensminger, Chief Operating Officer at AEnsminger@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.
Full-time and Part-time positions available
Animal Friends, Inc. in Pittsburgh, PA is a progressive 501(c) 3. For more than 75 years, we have continually set and raised the bar for humane programming in the Pittsburgh region.
Animal Friends’ Clinic Services program provides access to high-quality spay/neuter and primary veterinary care to pet owners experiencing financial and accessibility constraints. The Clinic Services Veterinary Technician serves as an integral member of the Clinic Services team providing quality patient care through all facets of our clinic day. This position assists in the daily functioning of high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter, wellness, and vaccine clinics.
The Clinic Services Veterinary Technician is responsible for providing high-quality and compassionate medical care for our on-site and mobile spay/neuter program, vaccine clinics and wellness appointments. Your time will be split between both surgery and wellness, as needed.
The Clinic Services Veterinary Technician must ensure a humane environment while providing client education about spay/neuter, vaccinations, and our standard of care protocols. It is essential that the incumbent have an outgoing, positive personality, excellent communication skills, a sincere interest in serving both people and animals, and comfort working in a fast-paced team environment.
Administrative Duties include:
- Preparing records, consent forms, etc.
- Admitting patients for surgery and procedures
- Dispensing medications, pet foods, and supplies
- Filing records, updating client/patient files
- Maintaining computer records/backups
- Performing client phone calls
Technician Duties include:
- Performing anesthetic monitoring during our high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter clinics including the use of isoflurane, injectable anesthesia, and performing drug calculations
- Performing surgical preparation of patients including intubation, clipping and surgical scrub
- Providing proper handling of pharmaceuticals including, drawing up medications, proper logging of controlled substances and dispensing and/or administration of patient medications
- Providing comfort, diagnostic, surgical and nursing care to all patients
- Participating in our high-volume vaccine clinics including restraint, providing prescribed treatments to client-owned animals and client education to produce the proper wellness plan for each patient
- Taking accurate and appropriate patient history
- Reviewing vaccination records and preparing vaccines according to our vaccine protocol
- Assisting veterinarians in medical procedures using proper restraint; including proper restraint for fractious patients
- Maintaining and using medical equipment such as hematology machines, dental machine, x-ray machine and autoclave
- Performing routine laboratory procedures and analyses in hematology, microbiology, urinalysis, and serology
- Preparing samples for outside laboratory analysis
- Administering treatments and injections following the instructions of a veterinarian or a treatment form
- Initiating emergency procedures following instructions of a veterinarian
- Maintaining pharmacy records, and controlled drug, anesthesia, fecal, FIV/FeLV, lyme, and heartworm test logs
- Taking radiographs, performing venipuncture, bandaging
- Taking vital signs of animals including temperature, pulse, and respiration
- Performing dental cleanings
- Performing and analyzing skin and ear cytologies
- Performing catheterization: urinary and venous
- Educating clients based on veterinarian’s standard of care
- Discharging patients to owners following surgery/visit
- Completing ear cleanings, nail trims and anal gland expression
- Maintaining cleanliness of the mobile surgical unit and in-house surgical suite as well as exam rooms and laboratory/pharmacy
- Providing training/guidance for new full-time and part-time veterinary technicians as well as veterinary technician students and volunteers
- Assisting with other related duties as requested
Qualifications and Experience:
- Associates Degree in Specialized Technology from an accredited school – Veterinary Technician Program.
- Must have excellent work history and access to professional references.
- Must possess a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license and dependable transportation.
- Valid PA Child Abuse, State Police and FBI Fingerprint Clearances.
Compensation and Benefits:
- Animal Friends offers a competitive wage, a positive work environment, as well as:
- Health, vision and dental benefits
- Profit sharing retirement plan with employer contribution
- Licensing expenses
- Continuing education expenses
- Paid time off – holidays, sick time, vacation, and your birthday
- Free and confidential employee assistance program
- No on-call responsibilities
- One priceless adoption per year
- Discount at our clinic and retail store
- Being part of a lifesaving team making a difference every day!
Qualified and interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:
Carol Whaley, Director of Clinic Services
Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Building 2, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
or email CWhaley@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.
The Retail Associate is the face of the retail store and the final step in the adoption process. Retail Associates must have excellent customer service skills in order to ensure customers have a positive shopping experience. Responsibilities include but are not limited to managing inventory, restocking items, organizing products on the store floor, and handling money at the register. The retail store also manages our on-site Public Dog Wash program which is run by a Retail Associate. Duties for this role include scheduling, bathing (w/ ear cleaning and nail trim), and oversight of dog wash volunteers. Additionally, the retail store serves as a cashier for donations and is also the conclusion of the adoption process. For this reason, it is essential to the success of Animal Friends that the retail associate works cooperatively with all departments within the organization.
- Assisting customers as they enter the Retail Store
- Managing inventory
- Restocking merchandise
- Organizing products on the sales floor
- Handling money at the register
- Processing donations
- Conducting the conclusion of the adoption process
- Rectifying end of day closing reports
- Maintaining cleanliness of the retail space
- Leverage volunteer talent by engaging their assistance within the department, thereby helping us to further our mission and vision and to achieve the organization’s expectation of 100% integration of volunteers into our programs.
- Performs other duties as assigned
Qualifications and Experience:
- High school diploma or GED required
- Preferred 1 year of retail experience
- Proficient in current technology and Point of Sales systems (Clover POS)
- Must have access to dependable transportation and openness to local travel
- Valid driver’s license preferred
- Flexible work availability preferred; may be required to work evenings, weekends, holidays and/or special events at times, including Black Tie & Tails
- The physical demands for this job are as follows: Medium Work – Medium work is defined as lifting 50lbs maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 35lbs
- Valid Pennsylvania Child Abuse, State Police, and FBI Fingerprint Clearances
- Must have a sincere interest in the vision, mission, and culture of Animal Friends
- Must meet essential functions within 60 days of hire
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Communication Proficiency – Ability to orally express information and ideas to others when speaking
- Customer / Client Focus- Actively seeks out ways to aide Animal Friends guests and/or volunteers to ensure the best possible customer service is provided
- Diversity and Inclusion – Ability to welcome, support and value individuals with similarities and differences that may vary from your own
- Stress Management – Ability to maintain baseline behavior / composure during stressful situations
- Teamwork Orientation – Ability to work with others to accomplish likeminded goals and tasks for the organization
Please submit cover letter and resume to Alex Stelitano, Retail Coordinator at AStelitano@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.
Humane Investigations Coordinator
The Humane Police Officer (HSPO) plays a key role in securing the rights of animals and preventing their abuse and suffering. This position investigates reports of animal abuse and neglect in the community while serving as a point person for community outreach, education, and supportive resources. The HSPO is tasked with educating pet owners and ensuring compliance with the law and ensuring standards of health and welfare of animals. The HSPO has police powers as defined by the Pennsylvania HSPO Act (22PA. C. S. A. Chapter 37) to enforce the Cruelty to Animals law found in the PA Crimes Code, Title 18 (see attached). The HSPO should direct his/her efforts to prevent cruelty to animals and, when warranted, rescue animals in danger, in accordance with the law. The HSPO is expected to adhere to procedures defined by the PA State law and with policies defined by Animal Friends’ management. The HSPO is expected to carry out the mission of Animal Friends as part of our community resource efforts and serve as a positive ambassador for the organization in our region.
- Uphold all HSPO duties as defined by Animal Friends and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and adhere to the organization’s established standards of protocol.
- Investigates and, when necessary, prosecutes individuals who neglect or abuse animals according to the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- Adheres to procedures defined by the PA State law and with policies defined by Animal Friends’ Board of Directors.
- Responds to calls and complaints, determining whether, in fact, an offense has been committed, and what further action is taken, from increased education to prosecution, if necessary.
- Keeps thorough reports and appropriate documentation through daily reporting in our database of each investigation including action taken and final disposition of the case and any court proceedings.
- Educates pet owners of laws concerning basic standards of responsible pet ownership.
- As directed, works collaboratively with other HSPO’s, animal control, dog warden, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
- Vehicle Administration
- Maintains designated Humane Investigations vehicle, organized and clean, equipment, and supplies as prescribed through the HI Vehicle Policy Agreement.
- Administration and Community Education
- Attends regularly scheduled Humane Investigations department meetings.
- Provides constant communication with the department Coordinator about casework and strategizes efficient use of time and resources including admissions to the shelter, search warrants, cooperative efforts with other agencies and work with the District Attorney’s Office and Special Prosecutor.
- Engages in networking and educational opportunities with other animal agencies, police departments, and community organizations to educate these groups on responsible pet ownership.
- Provides accurate reports and follow-up information on a regular weekly basis to supervisor.
- Follows developed protocols for communication with media.
- Assists with other related duties as requested.
- The Humane Society Police Officer must execute his/her duties in a professional, honest, and fair manner and in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- The HSPO must work various hours as required by the work load, court schedule, and Animal Friends’ events; must be available and will be regularly scheduled to work nights and weekends; must be able and willing to travel out of town if necessary. Out of town travel is required for approved training and continuing education.
- The HSPO must execute his/her duties always keeping in mind the safety and best interest of the officer, the animal, and the organization.
- In court, the HSPO must make every attempt to present evidence and convey the truth in an objective manner.
- The HSPO must adhere to the laws of the Commonwealth and rules of criminal procedure.
- The HSPO must adhere to the organization’s use of vehicle policy, use of electronic equipment policy, and employee handbook.
- The HSPO must keep the Humane Investigations Coordinator informed of the status of any case involving criminal prosecution and/or litigation involving Animal Friends or the Police Officer.
- The HSPO must be attired in the appropriate uniform befitting the season and the situation.
- The HSPO must abide by and uphold the mission, vision and culture statement of the Animal Friends’ Organization.
- Reports to the Humane Investigations Coordinator
- Works closely and in tandem with other HSPO and Humane Investigations Resource Liaison.
- High school diploma and minimum of two years of law enforcement experience preferred.
- Satisfactory completion of the training program established by PA Act 1994-135 governing Humane Society Police Officers, including criminal history background check required by the Act.
- Must be experienced and comfortable approaching, handling and/or restraining all animals regardless of temperament, medical condition, or overall health.
- Familiarity with rules of criminal procedure.
- Must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills; experience dealing with crisis situations and/or in advocacy-related work is preferred.
- Must be computer literate and comfortable with Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel; experience with project management software helpful.
- Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced, high-energy environment; must be able to prioritize effectively and manage workday hours efficiently.
- Must have access to dependable transportation and openness to travel. Valid driver’s license required.
- Must be able to work flexible hours, including weekends and holidays on a regular basis. On-call work required.
- This is a physically demanding position which requires the ability to:
- push, pull, and/or lift 50 pounds
- maneuver safely across varying outdoor terrain
- maneuver safely across a variety of indoor conditions
- comfortably drive in all weather conditions
- Must have a sincere interest in the work, programs, and mission of Animal Friends.
- PA Act 33 and 34 clearances as well as FBI Criminal Background Check required.
Please submit cover letter and resume to Krista Sobecki-Koontz, Humane Investigations Coordinator at KSobecki@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org. No phone calls, please.
The Maintenance Department interacts with every department within the organization. As such, each member of the department has the opportunity to champion and reinforce team-focused and supportive work. As a member of the Animal Friends team, it is the responsibility of the Janitorial Technician to embrace, emulate, support and carry out the organization’s vision, mission and workplace culture. This role is responsible for on-going cleaning, stocking of critical supplies, and general upkeep of the Animal Friends campus areas and buildings, ensuring the health, safety, and wellness of the staff, volunteers, and visitors. This role requires an individual who is comfortable and effective working independently and without direct supervision. Because of the nature of this role, the incumbent MUST be comfortable working alone in the early-evening into late-night hours.
- Maintaining cleanliness of all spaces/areas
- Sweeping and mopping all areas except animal housing areas
- Cleaning and vacuuming carpeted areas, carpet runners and rubber mats
- Removing trash
- Window cleaning, including frames, doors and door frames
- Cleaning and disinfecting restrooms, kitchenettes and breakrooms
- Stripping and buffing floors as needed
- Setting up and tearing down for various activities
- Cleaning sidewalks and patios
- Removing snow, salting of sidewalks/walkways
- Setting/checking alarm/building systems at the end of the shift
- Monitoring supply inventory
- Restocking supplies
- Assisting with special projects
- Performing light maintenance
- Contacting First Responders as well as the Animal Friends Responder on Call for any/all emergencies or concerns included, but not limited to: animals in distress, abandonments, after-hours visitors to the campus, power failure, suspicious activity, etc.
- Other tasks as assigned
Qualifications and Experience:
- Must be organized, detail oriented and self-motivated with strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills
- High school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED)
- Custodial experience preferred
- Must have access to dependable transportation and openness to local travel
- Must have a valid driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record in order to be covered under our insurance as an authorized driver
- Must possess strength, stamina and mobility to perform required physical work
- Must be proficient in use of various hand tools and power tools
- Must possess basic computer skills
- Must have excellent work history, time management skills and a team-focused approach, including the ability to work well with and take direction from others
- Must be comfortable working and handling emergency situations when alone on the property
- Must be able to pass federal and state criminal background checks and child abuse history clearance
- Must be able to work in a support capacity for all primary fundraising activities, including but not limited to, Black Tie & Tails
- Must be able to attend quarterly all-staff training and other mandatory attendance days
- Must be able to work early evening-late night shifts, varying days of the week and holidays as needed. Animal Friends is a 24/7 operation.
- Must be comfortable being on-campus alone after normal business/operating hours.
- Must be comfortable responding to unexpected emergencies appropriately and efficiently.
- Must be comfortable working with or around our dogs, cats and rabbits.
- Must have a sincere interest in the vision, mission and culture of Animal Friends.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Communication Proficiency – Ability to orally express information and ideas to others when speaking
- Customer / Client Focus- Actively seeks out ways to aid Animal Friends guests and/or volunteers to ensure the best possible customer service is provided
- Teamwork Orientation – Ability to work with others to accomplish like-minded goals and tasks for the organization
Please submit cover letter and resume to Tom Snee, Maintenance Coordinator at TSnee@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.