Job Opening: Cat Adoption Assistant

Job Description

Title: Cat Adoption Assistant

Company: Centre County PAWS

Location: State College, PA

Position type: Part time, 15-20 hours/week

Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of two years of experience in a customer service or counseling environment
  • Proven ability to handle multiple tasks in a busy workplace environment
  • Ability to understand and effectively teach methods of humane animal care and treatment
  • Ability to firmly and respectfully deny any adoption applicant who does not meet PAWS guidelines

Desired education level: High school diploma/GED required

Salary: $10.50/hour

Description: Responsible for assisting the public on adoption related concerns, and following PAWS policies and procedures to find appropriate homes for as many of the shelter’s adoptable animals as possible. Employee works cooperatively with and assists Adoption Counselors.


Adoption Counseling:

Assist the public in making appropriate adoption matches

  • Explain PAWS adoption policies and processes to potential adopters (check landlord requirements, check vetting history, schedule meet and greets, etc.)
  • Use strong customer service skills to process applications in a positive, firm, and non-threatening manner
  • Place reservations on animals as needed

Conduct adoption, medical, and behavioral consultations as needed

  • Collect and review health and behavioral data for the animal
  • Review all pertinent information on the adoption application with potential adopter

Conduct final adoption processes in its entirety

  • Schedule adoption times and confirm pre-adoption spay/neuter appointment if appropriate
  • Ensure that all adoption related literature is assembled and complete prior to the adoption consultation

Assist volunteers and Adoption Counselors with all activities prior to scheduled adoptions

  • Maintain folders with paperwork for all actions associated with the adoption, ensuring that information is exchanged clearly and paperwork completed accurately
  • Advise shelter staff/volunteers of scheduled pick up time as well as any required pre-adoption medical procedures
  • Maintain awareness of and communication with all Foster-To-Adopters. Stay in touch with as needed for alter appointments, vaccination boosters, etc. and schedule adoption as appropriate in a timely fashion.

Assist Adoption Counselors with short term adoption follow-ups as requested by AC’s

Administrative Support:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of departmental SOPs
  • Become proficient in essential software
  • Submit all time sheets in a timely manner
  • Retrieve voicemails and emails related to adoptions daily, forwarding calls and addressing issues personally as needed
  • Alert Operations Manager to current and future supply needs to prevent shortages
  • Place necessary signs on cages
  • Maintain Cat Guardian Angels

Professional Development:

  • Attend training and/or read animal shelter related literature to ensure a current and relevant working knowledge
  • Learn to identify all common dog and cat breeds
  • Develop a working knowledge of all animals available for adoption through hands-on interaction, review of related paperwork, and database information
  • Develop specific knowledge for each animal currently in the shelter including name, type, age, sex, and behavioral and medical considerations.


Conduct emergency intakes upon approval of intake coordinators or Director of Operations.


  • Indoors in a high noise air-conditioned/heated building, outdoors at shelter or on-location for various activities
  • Equipment use includes use of PC, laser printer, copy machine, fax machine, telephone, microchip scanner
  • Work hours will vary. Evening and weekend hours will be required


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Regular exposure to animals, cleaning chemicals, fumes, dust, animal feces, bites, scratches, and Zoonotic diseases
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 35 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Regularly required to sit, talk, and hear.
  • Regularly required to stand and walk.
  • Regularly required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feet and reach with hands and arms.
  • Requires working alone or with minimal supervision. Must be self motivated.
  • Requires patience and tact when working with difficult, emotional, or angry people.
  • Requires speaking and writing effectively and clearly in a professional manner.
  • Requires clear verbal communication over the telephone and intercom systems to internal and external individuals.
  • Requires treating people and animals in a pleasant, courteous and professional manner.

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job related duties required by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.

Centre County PAWS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: $10.50 per hour

COVID-19 specific considerations - Works directly with visitors of unknown COVID-19 exposure history and in close proximity to a number of PAWS staff and volunteers. Required to wear a mask through the majority, if not all, of scheduled shifts.


For those interested in applying, please submit your resume to our Operations Manager ( to be considered.