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Adoption/Rescue Coordinator (#ADRSCDGENG) GENG
$11.90-$18.88 Hourly / $2,062.67-$3,272.53 Monthly / $24,752.00-$39,270.40 Yearly


Performs duties coordinating the selection and placement of animals with rescue groups and other  animal welfare organizations and placement of animals through the Department’s adoption program.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
Two years of experience working in an animal shelter environment, veterinary clinic or animal care facility.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Working knowledge of state and local animal adoption laws and regulations.
  • Working knowledge of the care and humane treatment of animals.
  • Working knowledge of animal diseases and treatment.
  • Some knowledge of animal behavior and training.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to follow established procedures.
  • Ability to prioritize work.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to prepare records and maintain reports.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • As a member of the Department’s HART (Humane and Responsible Team), coordinates the evaluation of animals with internal staff to determine their suitability for placement with rescue groups or animal welfare organization or for adoption through the Department’s adoption program.
  • Coordinates the selection, placement and pick up of animals by animal rescue/welfare groups.
  • Communicates with citizens regarding animals selected thru the Department’s open access adoption program.
  • Evaluates applications submitted to the Department by animal rescue groups/welfare organizations for accuracy and completeness, maintains records of groups/organizations approved to adopt animals from the Department.
  • Works with staff to coordinate the placement of animals in foster care or transition homes for investigation purposes; provides food and medication and advises of return date to department.
  • Maintains computerized records documenting adoptions, animal placement, conversations with citizens, animal health issues or other topics as required by Department policy.
  • Responds to questions from adopters regarding such topics as Department policies, adoptions, animal behavior or health issues.
  • Supports the Department in mandated ESF-17 (Emergency Support Function 17) responsibilities in the event of a disaster or during an activation of the County’s
  • Emergency Operations Center.
  • Attends department meetings and events as required.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.

CLASS: ADRSCDGENG; EST: 5/19/2004; REV: 1/5/2012;