Foster Program County Director - New Jersey

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Foster County Directors (1-2 per each NJ County)

Recruit, interview and prepare fosters to take a pet. Works with Vet Chair to complete vet checks and background checks. Sets up home interview for each foster and conducts interview.

Assist in maintaining master database of fosters. Communicate regularly with foster families who are not currently active.

Perform a variety of duties to assist with the intake process for pets of domestic violence victims entering the Shelter Our Pets program. Duties range from assisting a client with intake paperwork, reviewing completed pet intake forms, transporting animals to a veterinarian, evaluating canines and felines, transporting animals to foster homes and getting them set-up in the foster home and offering basic pet care and handling instructions to the foster home. County Directors report to Foster Chair. They communicate directly with the Caseworker overseeing the case, and keep the Chair updated on the case as it relates to the foster program.

Match client’s pet(s) to appropriate foster. Coordinate getting pet, trainer and foster together. Coordinate transport of animal. May involve doing actual transport, temperament test/evaluation. Coordinate grooming and medical visits. Works directly with Foster Coordinators. Make follow-up phone calls as outlined in program.

Essential Job Functions

  • Evaluate and temperament test animal (canines) at time of intake.
  • Preliminary examination and determination of animal’s overall health and disposition.
  • Assist client in completing intake paperwork.
  • Transport animal to veterinarian and supervise visit.
  • Transport animal to foster home and help integrate into the home, including all introductions between resident pets and children to foster animal.
  • Transport animal to client for discharge or visitation.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

Knowledge of-

  • The basic methods and procedures of kennel and crate cleaning.
  • The basic methods and laws for safe animal transport.

Ability to-

  • Deal courteously and calmly with the foster or client. Must be nonjudgemental.
  • Transmit information promptly and clearly to Case Manger, Foster Director and Coordinators.
  • Handle animals safely and effectively, including canines, felines, aviary and other small domestic animals.
  • Clean kennels and crates efficiently.
  • Drive for a moderate length of time (2 hours+) if needed.
  • Adhere to strict confidentiality policy.

Training and/or Education


  • High school diploma or GED.

Must have one or more of the following:

  • Two years of experience working in an animal shelter, kennel or boarding facility or with an animal welfare or rescue group.
  • Certified Animal Control Officer.
  • Animal trainer or behaviorist, or classes in animal training and behavior modification.
  • Veterinary background.


  • Experience working with animals AND people in stressful situations.

Licenses or Certificates


  • Valid driver's license
  • Functional car equipped for animal transport
  • Valid license and registration for car


  • American Red Cross Pet First Aid
  • Animal Control Officer
  • CERT
  • CART
  • Dog Trainer
  • Vet Tech


  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Veterinary

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • NJ area
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