The Feline Care Tech is accountable for helping the Shelter Manager in the implementation of policies and directives as established by the Board of Directors. Responsibilities include assisting the shelter manager with daily shelter operations as delegated by the manager which could include but not limited to coordinating activities with veterinarians, volunteers, committee heads and representing the shelter in dealings with other agencies, and public.
A Feline Care Tech is expected to perform the following duties in addition to others that may be assigned from time to time by the Shelter Manager, Executive Director or the Good Mews’ Board of Directors:
Assist the Shelter Manager implement the shelter’s Feline Health Protocols and help maintain the general health of all shelter, HALO, and foster home residents.
Educate and enforce all Good Mews policies and procedures and provide updates to volunteers as delegated by the Shelter Manager.
Support the initiatives and goals set forth in the Good Mews business plan.
Assist the Shelter Manager manage and maintain shelter resources in accordance with the Good Mews annual budget and other guidelines established by the Board.
Co-manage the shelter in the absence of the Shelter Manager.
Provide assistance and guidance to volunteers as needed.
Fill in as vacancies occur for any onsite scheduled medical shift.
Serve as Transportation Joint Committee head, scheduling medical appointments and providing transportation as needed.
Manage medications of residents so that med carts are properly stocked and corresponding medical data updated.
Update medical charts as needed.
Coordinate microchip paperwork upon chipping of new residents, forwarding same to chip supplier upon resident’s adoption.
Assist Shelter Manager in maintaining and developing veterinary relationships in the form of donated/discounted services and vet visits.
Compile a list of residents to be examined by on-site vet for approval by Shelter Manager. Provide assistance during exam. Document and update medical charts and prescription changes as directed by vet and Shelter Manager.
Clean and Feed
Make signs (with Shelter Manager approval) daily/weekly to communicate any diet or other changes for specific residents.
Manage and change canned food guidelines as needed for residents with Shelter Manager approval.
Fill in if no-shows on the Clean and Feed schedule occur.
Assist Shelter Manager with the management of ongoing communications with foster home volunteers.
Assist with home inspections as required by the shelter.
Assist Shelter Manager in scheduling medical appointments on and offsite and complete medical protocol at the shelter.
Provide assistance and information for all Good Mews publications.
Act as a resource for volunteers and the general public.
Help in the processing of all new intakes, returns and door dumps to ensure they are consistent with Good Mews protocol.
In the Shelter Manager’s absence, verify returned cats are Good Mews cats.
Required to rotate on call duties. On call duties in handling of all incoming and outgoing phone calls to/from the shelter, foster homes or Halo homes and may require some weekend visits to the shelter due to door dumps, illnesses, etc.
If a situation arises at the shelter and the Feline Care Tech does not feel they are able to handle the situation, they are required to contact the Shelter Manager.
Repair & Maintenance
Monitor routine repairs as needed. Notify Shelter Manager of unusual materials needed or donations made for the Repair & Maintenance Committee.
Optional Cat Care
From time to time, the shelter may request volunteers to foster a new adult or adolescent resident or residents. The Feline Care Tech may, but in no case is required to, volunteer to house and provide basic necessities and/or otherwise care for such resident or residents. In doing so, the Feline Care Tech will be undertaking duties outside those described in this position description. The Feline Care Tech understands that he/she is undertaking these duties voluntarily and that such duties are not compensated. Any such volunteer undertaking is subject to the terms, conditions, and releases provided in the Terms of Employment signed by the employee at the time they accepted this position.
The Feline Care Tech must have proven administrative skills, the ability to manage and coordinate volunteer activities and a strong affinity for animal welfare. This individual must maintain high standards of objectivity, quality, and professionalism. Required experience: at least 1 year in veterinary technician or assistant or similar position; experience to include proper restraint, basic venipuncture, and understanding preventative and acute illness care in cats; basic familiarity with Microsoft Office applications. Preferred experience: A two or four year degree in Animal Technician training or in veterinary medicine or related field.
About Good Mews Animal Foundation
Good Mews is one of the few virtually cage-free, no-kill cat shelters in the State of Georgia. Since 1988, Good Mews has placed approximately 5,000 cats in permanent homes. The shelter receives no government support, relying solely on donations of time, service and money from its supporters, the public and area businesses. Good Mews is home to approximately 100 residents at any given time, most of whom live at the shelter; some also reside in foster care. We have an average adoption rate of approximately 5-7 cats per week.