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DIRECTOR OF ANIMAL ADOPTION: Meet with different types of people

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Dan is the Director of Animal Adoptions at the Peninsula SPCA. Dan works with people who want to take in animals as pets. He educates and consults families on how to properly live with a pet.

Job Title: DIRECTOR OF ANIMAL ADOPTION
Employer: SPCA

Job Summary: Animal Care and Service Workers

Job Description

Animal care and service workers care for the needs of animals. They feed, water, groom, bathe, and exercise pets and other nonfarm animals. Job tasks vary by position and place of work.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Although not required, certifications available in many of these occupations may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills. For many caretaker positions, it helps to have experience working with animals.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Empathy, Patience, People skills, Problem solving skills, Strength/stamina, Likes working with hands
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m='12570'>I</span> <span m='12920'>started</span> <span m='13290'>out</span> <span m='13480'>as</span> <span m='13590'>an</span> <span m='13650'>adoption</span> <span m='14090'>counselor.</span> <span m='14950'>And</span> <span m='15280'>we</span> <span m='15530'>are</span> <span m='15620'>very</span> <span m='15850'>busy</span> <span m='16239'>on</span> <span m='16350'>the</span> <span m='16440'>weekends.</span> <span m='16900'>Saturdays</span> <span m='17530'>and</span> <span m='17640'>Sundays</span> <span m='18060'>we're</span> <span m='18220'>sending</span> <span m='18530'>animal's</span> <span m='18980'>home</span> <span m='19270'>left</span> <span m='19670'>and</span> <span m='19780'>right,</span> <span m='20090'>so</span> <span m='20610'>it's</span> <span m='20710'>a</span> <span m='20760'>lot</span> <span m='21000'>of</span> <span m='21090'>opportunities</span> <span m='22220'>to</span> <span m='22430'>meet</span> <span m='22660'>with</span> <span m='22860'>different</span> <span m='23160'>types</span> <span m='23450'>of</span> <span m='23550'>people,</span> <span m='24000'>different</span> <span m='24330'>families,</span> <span m='25770'>and</span> <span m='25950'>make</span> <span m='26130'>appropriate</span> <span m='26720'>matches</span> <span m='27380'>as</span> <span m='27930'>far</span> <span m='28230'>as</span> <span m='29000'>the</span> <span m='29140'>animal</span> <span m='29570'>that's</span> <span m='29710'>going</span> <span m='29820'>to</span> <span m='29870'>go</span> <span m='30110'>into</span> <span m='30260'>their</span> <span m='30480'>own.</span> </p><p><span m='30930'>Some</span> <span m='31240'>people</span> <span m='31590'>want</span> <span m='31690'>a</span> <span m='31740'>lap</span> <span m='32040'>dog.</span> <span m='32740'>Some</span> <span m='32960'>people</span> <span m='33200'>want</span> <span m='33350'>a</span> <span m='33390'>dog to</span> <span m='33710'>take</span> <span m='33930'>to</span> <span m='34010'>the</span> <span m='34090'>beach</span> <span m='34460'>and</span> <span m='35070'>exercise.</span> <span m='35950'>And</span> <span m='37140'>sometimes you'll</span> <span m='37580'>occasionally</span> <span m='38060'>get</span> <span m='38210'>somebody</span> <span m='38540'>who</span> <span m='38660'>wants</span> <span m='38890'>a</span> <span m='38950'>guard</span> <span m='39240'>dog</span> <span m='39540'>and</span> <span m='39780'>we</span> <span m='40060'>have</span> <span m='40170'>to</span> <span m='40240'>have</span> <span m='40360'>a</span> <span m='40440'>conversation</span> <span m='41020'>about</span> <span m='41330'>why</span> <span m='41520'>maybe</span> <span m='41720'>that's</span> <span m='41950'>not a</span> <span m='42100'>great</span> <span m='42360'>idea.</span> <span m='42740'>So</span> <span m='43000'>it</span> <span m='43110'>really</span> <span m='43360'>runs</span> <span m='43620'>the</span> <span m='43710'>gambit.</span> <span m='44790'>But</span> <span m='44940'>it's</span> <span m='45340'>a</span> <span m='45390'>great</span> <span m='45680'>opportunity</span> <span m='45935'>to</span> <span m='46190'>spend</span> <span m='46430'>a</span> <span m='46490'>lot</span> <span m='46670'>of</span> <span m='46740'>time</span> <span m='46940'>with</span> <span m='47050'>people</span> <span m='47380'>and</span> <span m='47450'>meet</span> <span m='47610'>a lot of</span> <span m='47800'>animals.</span> </p><p><span m='49550'>Heading</span> <span m='49860'>up</span> <span m='50000'>to</span> <span m='50160'>working</span> <span m='50540'>at</span> <span m='50680'>the</span> <span m='50760'>Humane</span> <span m='51100'>Society,</span> <span m='52770'>I</span> <span m='52950'>had</span> <span m='53250'>wanted</span> <span m='53590'>to</span> <span m='53700'>be</span> <span m='53910'>a</span> <span m='53950'>veterinarian</span> <span m='54510'>as</span> <span m='54630'>a</span> <span m='54690'>child</span> <span m='55050'>but</span> <span m='55190'>I</span> <span m='55290'>studied</span> <span m='55870'>to</span> <span m='56130'>be</span> <span m='56320'>involved</span> <span m='56750'>in</span> <span m='56830'>music.</span> <span m='57400'>I</span> <span m='57500'>actually</span> <span m='57810'>went</span> <span m='58170'>to</span> <span m='58430'>a</span> <span m='58500'>recording</span> <span m='59010'>institute</span> <span m='59890'>and</span> <span m='60280'>was</span> <span m='60620'>interning</span> <span m='61400'>in</span> <span m='62780'>some</span> <span m='62920'>recording</span> <span m='63380'>studios</span> <span m='64660'>when</span> <span m='65040'>this</span> <span m='65230'>opportunity</span> <span m='65760'>fell</span> <span m='65930'>my</span> <span m='66080'>way.</span> </p><p><span m='67690'>As</span> <span m='67790'>far</span> <span m='68000'>as</span> <span m='68090'>what</span> <span m='68230'>I</span> <span m='68270'>wish</span> <span m='68590'>I</span> <span m='68650'>knew</span> <span m='68810'>before</span> <span m='69120'>I</span> <span m='69180'>started</span> <span m='69530'>working</span> <span m='69890'>here</span> <span m='71100'>was</span> <span m='71280'>just</span> <span m='71950'>developing</span> <span m='72570'>people</span> <span m='72910'>skills</span> <span m='73390'>and</span> <span m='73520'>animal</span> <span m='73830'>handling</span> <span m='74240'>skills.</span> <span m='74640'>I</span> <span m='74700'>started</span> <span m='75010'>here</span> <span m='75170'>pretty</span> <span m='75570'>young--</span> <span m='75970'>I was 20</span> <span m='76250'>years</span> <span m='76530'>old--</span> <span m='77230'>and</span> <span m='77640'>learned</span> <span m='77980'>a</span> <span m='78020'>lot</span> <span m='78200'>of</span> <span m='78260'>stuff</span> <span m='78670'>on</span> <span m='78930'>the</span> <span m='79010'>job</span> <span m='79500'>through</span> <span m='79730'>encounters</span> <span m='80270'>with</span> <span m='80430'>adopters,</span> <span m='82200'>through</span> <span m='82440'>meeting</span> <span m='82730'>with</span> <span m='82880'>animals,</span> <span m='83410'>learning</span> <span m='83710'>how</span> <span m='83870'>to</span> <span m='83980'>read</span> <span m='84400'>their</span> <span m='84580'>body</span> <span m='84930'>language</span> <span m='85410'>and</span> <span m='85480'>their</span> <span m='85620'>behavior,</span> <span m='86280'>knowing</span> <span m='86580'>if</span> <span m='86680'>they're</span> <span m='86870'>happy</span> <span m='87270'>or</span> <span m='87360'>sad.</span> <span m='89210'>A</span> <span m='89280'>lot</span> <span m='89440'>of</span> <span m='89520'>times</span> <span m='90390'>adopters</span> <span m='91130'>want</span> <span m='91540'>to</span> <span m='92100'>do</span> <span m='92290'>an</span> <span m='92380'>introduction</span> <span m='93350'>with</span> <span m='93630'>their</span> <span m='93850'>existing</span> <span m='94360'>pet,</span> <span m='94800'>so</span> <span m='95110'>it's</span> <span m='95230'>always</span> <span m='95510'>nice</span> <span m='95780'>to</span> <span m='95870'>know</span> <span m='96020'>a</span> <span m='96080'>little</span> <span m='96280'>bit</span> <span m='96410'>about</span> <span m='96710'>dog</span> <span m='96990'>behavior</span> <span m='97510'>before</span> <span m='97820'>you</span> <span m='97900'>get</span> <span m='98090'>going</span> <span m='98480'>in</span> <span m='98610'>this</span> <span m='98760'>field.</span> </p>","file":{"id":466292,"video_id":"3740952403001","name":"2710-Dan-DirectorOfAnimalAdoption","duration":100101,"thumbnail_url":null}});