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  • Adoptable Animals | Humane Society of the Palouse | Moscow

    Meet our Adoptable Pets Adoption Applications If you are looking for a specific type of animal, please call us at (208)883-1166. We can put you on our waitlist to contact you when we have an animal that fits what you are looking for. Grover Neutered Male Roughly 5 years old German Shepherd Mix View my listing Elvira Spayed Female Roughly 2 years old Labrador/Pit Bull Mix View my listing Li Shang Neutered Male Roughly 1 year old German Shepherd Mix View my listing Argos Neutered Male Roughly 5 years old Kelpie Mix View my listing Miss Piggy Spayed Female Roughly 4 years old My adoption is sponsored! View my listing Kermit Neutered Male Roughly 2 years old Husky Mix View my listing Kittens! Male and Female 8 weeks - 4 months old Plenty of adorable kitties! View my listing Are you looking for a working barn kitty to help with your rodent population? Check our Barn Buddy page to see who we have available! To view a full list of our adoptable pets, visit our PetFinder page! HSoP Petfinder

  • Humane Society of the Palouse | Moscow

    UPDATED 3/02/2022 HSoP is open by appointment only until further notice. Please call us at (208) 883-1166 to schedule an appointment. SAVE A PET,​ ​​​​DONATE NOW!​ Available: Kittens! 8 weeks - 4 months old. Available: Kermit! Roughly 2 years old. Visit our Amazon Wishlist! Available: Kittens! 8 weeks - 4 months old. 1/11 Wobbles, forever the queen of HSoP ♥ The Five Freedoms HSoP is dedicated to providing the animals in our facility with the highest level of care possible during their stay with us. Adhering to the Five Freedoms ensures we are giving the companion animals in our care everything they need to live a healthy and happy life. Staff monitors each pet at HSoP individually to identify their specific mental and physical needs, so we can be sure to give them the most humane treatment during their temporary stay with us. Our shelter is committed to providing animals with: 1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst An adequate and healthful diet, with ready access to fresh drinking water. 2. Freedom from Discomfort An appropriate living environment including a clean and comfortable resting area. 3. Freedom from Pain, Injury, and Disease Prevention or rapid diagnosis, and treatment for injury or illness. 4. Freedom to Express Normal Behaviors Sufficient space, exercise, and ability to be with animal's own kind. 5. Freedom from Fear and Distress Conditions and treatment that avoid mental suffering and stress. Enrichment Program Help us keep our pets happy! ​ Here at HSoP we strive to ensure our animals receive the highest level of care possible. This includes physical, mental, and emotional stimulation while they stay with us. We do our best to make sure each animal in our facility receives all preventative and necessary medical attention, as well as enrichment in their kennels to keep them entertained. Did you know animals can go stir crazy when they are confined in a small space for periods of time with no distractions? This is a common issue for animal shelters nationwide, and we are determined to limit that likelihood as much as possible for the animals here at HSoP. The staff here at HSoP are dedicated to making sure each animal has plenty of stimulation both physical and mental, to keep them from getting bored. Our wonderful volunteers help with this by taking the animals out of their kennels for some free time in a different area. ​ Our dogs enjoy going to their outside kennels and side yard to play fetch, stretch their legs, and change their scenery! Our cats love to get out of their kennels and go into our adoption room so they can stretch their legs, chase some toys, and get some extra special cuddles! Thank you Nylabone for donating roughly 250 Chews! Thank you Starmark for donating 25 treat dispensing chew balls! We want our animals to have a great experience here while they wait for their new homes, so we are starting an Enrichment Program. This program will be dedicated to finding new and innovative ways to keep our furry friends busy and happy in their kennels! To achieve this goal of ours, we need your help! We have created a Wishlist on our amazon of all the items we think could be of great use for this program. We hope you will take a moment to browse through our list and pick a few things you would like to donate to our furry friends here at HSoP! https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1R5WG3FAMAFMX… Donations can be mailed to 2019 E. White Ave. Moscow, ID 83843 Thank you Petfinder Foundation for your grant of 15 Kong Toys to benefit our canine friends of HSoP. With this grant we are able to provide our dogs with both mental and physical stimulation. Keeping our animals happy and healthy during their stay with us is our number one priority. With donations and grants like this, we can continue to give our animals the highest quality of care possible.

  • Kitten Season | Humane Society of the Palouse | Moscow

    Help us care for more than 200 homeless kittens! As we begin to near "Kitten Season", HSoP wants to be prepared for the orphaned kittens that need our help. HSoP takes in many kittens between April and October, and we often receive kittens who are sick, injured, and in desperate need of help. With your assistance, we can be ready to care for all of the tiny kittens who need us! To help make sure we have all of the necessary supplies for Kitten Season, we're throwing ourselves a kitten shower! If you're wondering what a kitten shower is, it looks and functions a lot like a baby shower. The goal is to collect plenty of supply donations that will carry us through to the end of this year's kitten season. The best part of all this? You're invited! Our kitten shower is on Sunday, May 15th from 1:00-4:00pm at the 1912 Center Great Room in Moscow. We will have fun kitten-themed games, adorable coloring pages, educational information, and real baby kittens from HSoP. You'll get to watch as neonatal kittens are bottle-fed, observe the funny interactions between kitten siblings, and see first-hand how your contribution makes a difference for our small and furry friends. Please consider joining us at our annual kitten shower! For entrance, we ask for a $5 donation or an item from our kitten supply wish list. Our 2022 Kitten Shower has been generously sponsored by our friends at Moscow Realty . Thank you, Moscow Realty, for ensuring that 100% of proceeds get to benefit our pets! Learn more about kitten season here ! Click to donate What is Kitten Season? As the weather warms, dozens of kittens begin to arrive at HSoP. This typically starts when nights are no longer below freezing and will continue until it is freezing at night again. Kitten Season tends to begin in April and can last until October or November. Due to the warmer weather, more cats roam freely outside. Many outdoor cats are not spayed/neutered, so they are looking for mates. Cats are seasonally polyestrous, meaning they can have multiple heat cycles during their breeding season. Breeding season for cats is during warmer weather and longer daylight hours. All of these factors combine to create Kitten Season each year. ​ How can you help? HSoP relies heavily on monetary donations, and donated supplies. It costs HSoP roughly $600 to provide care for a single litter of kittens. This figure includes daily care, housing, food, vaccinations, parasite treatment, and spay/neuter procedures. Many times, HSoP will receive kittens needing extraordinary medical attention. In these situations, we call upon our community to help us bridge the gap in providing a second chance at life. Monetary donations can be mailed to 2019 E. White Ave. Moscow, ID 83843 or made online via PayPal ​ Donated supplies can be dropped off or shipped to 2019 E. White Ave. Moscow, ID 83843 ​ Click here to view our current Kitten Wishlist on Amazon! ​ We are constantly in need of Gift Cards to: Spence Hardware Pets are People Too Rite Aid Walgreens Wal-Mart Petco To view our current wish list on Amazon, click here! Donations can be dropped off or shipped to: 2019 E. White Ave. Moscow, ID 83843.

  • FAQs | Humane Society of the Palouse | Moscow

    Frequently Asked Questions Click here to read about some of the fur kids HSoP has been able to help thanks to our generous community!

  • City of Moscow Dog License | Humane Society of the Palouse | Moscow

    City of Moscow Dog Licensing Did you know that all dogs living within the city limits of Moscow need to be licensed with the City of Moscow? We can help with that! The Humane Society can only accept cash or check payments for City of Moscow fees. ***If you would like to pay with a card, we recommend licensing your dog at the Moscow Police Department.*** HSoP Hours of Operation : HSoP is operating by appointment only until further notice. Please call us at (208) 883-1166 to schedule an appointment. Lifetime tag costs: ​ $25.00 for a spayed or neutered dog ​ $35.00 for an intact dog City of Moscow Dog License

  • Volunteer | Humane Society of the Palouse | Moscow

    Volunteer Volunteer Form The Humane Society is always happy to have volunteers come out and help care for our animals. The animals like new faces as well. ​ Are you interested in Volunteering? Please contact HSoP and schedule your first shift! Due to limited space, HSoP can only accommodate so many volunteers at one time. ​ Volunteer Hours are available Monday through Friday from 2:00-5:00. We can schedule up to three volunteers at a time. ​ Sign up for your shift today! ​ Contact HSoP by phone at (208) 883-1166 or through email at information@humanesocietyofthepalouse.org ​ Do you have questions about volunteering with us? Click here to visit our Volunteering FAQs ! Junior Volunteers Junior Volunteer Form Additional Guidelines for Younger Volunteers You must be at least 12 years old to be a junior volunteer. During their first volunteering shift, junior volunteers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to go over rules, sign the application, and ensure their child understands the process. After the initial supervised shift, junior volunteers can volunteer alone for up to one hour per day. Junior volunteers are not allowed in the dog kennels without their parent or guardian. There is a 3-strikes rule! If we have to remind you about following these rules three times, you will not be allowed to return to volunteer without a parent. HSoP cannot accommodate volunteers under the age of 12 at this time. ***Junior Volunteers can socialize with animals that are already accustomed to younger people. If an animal is not comfortable or socialized with children, you will not be allowed to interact with them.*** Group Volunteering Thank you for considering HSoP as the beneficiary of your groups’ philanthropy! Due to space restrictions at HSoP, we are unable to accommodate large groups of volunteers on site. However, groups can do a lot for the animals currently at HSoP by organizing fundraisers, pet food drives, or pet supply collections for the homeless animals of Latah County. While we aren’t able to accommodate groups at our shelter, your group efforts can still make a huge difference to the homeless animals found within your community. After your group has organized a fundraiser, supported a pet food drive for our Pet Food Pantry, or done a supply collection, a tour is a wonderful way to top off the experience! This is a great way for your group to see exactly how your efforts have benefited your pet community. To schedule a group tour, or for fun ideas for group projects, please contact us by phone at (208)883-1166 or through email at information@humanesocietyofthepalouse.org . Fun ideas for how groups can help: ​ Car washes Volunteering at HSoP events Bake sales Supply donation drives Pet food drives Making dog toys Making dog treats Making cat treats Making cat toys Making blankets for our kitties! Our cats and kittens love to lie on handmade blankets. You can knit, crochet, or tie blanks out of fleece. The recommended measurement is about 18-20” x 18-20” when you’re finished. Court-Mandated Community Service Information Profile, Code of Conduct/Waiver Thank you for your interest in serving your mandated community service hours at the Humane Society of the Palouse. Individuals seeking to fulfill community service requirements do not participate in the volunteer program: they complete projects and tasks that do not involve any contact with the animals or the clients at the shelter. Community Service Volunteers must read the guidelines, complete information profile, and sign the code of conduct/waiver in order to get started. Please note that the Humane Society of the Palouse reserves the right to refuse a Community Service Volunteer for any reason. Community Service Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Volunteers must schedule in advance Time slots available are from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm, Monday – Saturday To sign up, please contact HSoP by phone at (208) 883-1166 HSoP reserves the right to turn away any Community Service Volunteers who do not show up on time, and to ask Community Service Volunteers to leave early if there is not enough work available. Shifts are filled on a first come, first serve basis and HSoP can only accommodate 1 volunteer per day. Duties may include laundry, dishes, sorting donations, cleaning, and more. Dress Protocol To prevent slipping, exposure to harsh cleaning chemicals, and injuries, all Community Service Volunteers must wear flat, enclosed rubber-sole shoes at all times. All Community Service Volunteers must not wear thong sandals, flip flops, or any shoe with an open toe, torn clothing, cut-off shorts, T-shirts with controversial or offensive messages, halter tops, backless shirts, half-shirts, muscle shirts, tank tops, dangling earrings, or other jewelry that may interfere with volunteer duties. DIY Volunteering Ideas Are you interested in helping HSoP but are unable to come into HSoP during our hours of operation? This page has ideas for how you can still help homeless animals. Did you know that providing homeless dogs and cats with toys is very important for their well-being? The ideas on this page can help you make some very special critters their own toys that are theirs to keep both at HSoP and in their new home. ​ Do you have a large group that would like to help HSoP? These ideas are great for a large group to do together and then bring into HSoP. Under each idea, you will find how many volunteer hours you can receive for donating these DIY items. Stuffed Monkey’s Fist Knot: 1 hour awarded per every 2 toys. Click here for instructions. No-Sew Fleece Blankets: 1 hour awarded per every 2 blankets. Click here for instructions. Fleece Dog & Cat Toy: 1 hour awarded per every 5 toys. Click here for instructions. Flirt Pole: 1 hour awarded per every 2 toys. Click here for instructions. Ball & Tug Dog Toy 1 hour awarded per every 2 toys. Click here for instructions. Check out this fun PDF for even more ideas on DIY dog and cat toys! Volunteering FAQs

  • Trap-Neuter-Return | HSoP

    Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Free-roaming cats (feral and stray) are the biggest source of homeless kittens every year. HSoP takes in nearly 250 kittens per summer, and 1/2 of those kittens come in without a mom. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) will prevent unwanted cat births, reduce the feline infectious diseases in our area, and lower the number of unowned, homeless pets in our county. The Humane Society of the Palouse does not accept feral cats into our shelter. TNR Application TNR Agreement Be a life-saver and donate to our TNR fund today! Donate HSoP has created a TNR program to assist the residents of Latah County with feral cats on their property. Our TNR program will provide feral caregivers in our community the ability to spay/neuter, vaccinate, and ear-tip their feral cats at participating veterinary clinics. This program is free to all Latah County residents, but a suggested $20.00 donation is appreciated. Our newly created TNR program is dedicated to our feral felines here in Latah County. Feral cats are wild and not domesticated, meaning they are not suited to be a house pet. Feral cats do not want to be around people, and are better fit for sheds, barns, and garages. For more information on feral cats click here. HSoP can loan out live-traps for you catch your feral cat(s) safely and humanely. We do require a $50.00 cash or check deposit that will be returned to you when the trap is brought back to us. TNR Process: Apply for the TNR program through HSoP. You must submit the TNR Application and the TNR Agreement to HSoP.​ Forms can be emailed to: director@humanesocietyofthepalouse.org or mailed to HSoP: ​​2019 E. White Ave. Moscow, ID 83843. HSoP will review your application, and send you the coupon when you are approved. ​Once you receive your TNR coupon from us, call the participating veterinary clinic to schedule your surgery drop-off time. Cedar Veterinary Hospital (208)882-1772​ North Palouse Veterinary Clinic (208)875-1096 Set your live-trap For tips and tricks on trapping, click here. ​ Transport your feral cat(s) to the veterinary clinic at your scheduled time.​ Bring TNR coupon(s) along to the veterinary clinic at your scheduled time. HSoP will not reimburse for past procedures. ​ Pick up your feral cat(s) from the veterinary clinic at your scheduled time. Return your feral cat(s) back to your property and release them, following any recommendations the veterinarian gave you. Why should you return the cat(s) back to your property? If a feral cat showed up on your property and won't leave, it is there for a reason. It may have found good shelter in your barn, or a good source of food like rodents. If the feral cat feels like it has everything it needs, it will stay. If you remove that cat, another cat will move in for the same reasons the first cat did. By keeping your feral cat on your property after it has been through our TNR, you will have one cat who will protect your property and will be less likely to allow another cat to enter.

  • Success Stories | Humane Society of the Palouse | Moscow

    HSoP Success Stories "Sissy and her Seven Dwarfs" Sissy arrived at HSoP in spring of 2017. Sissy was wandering around the Kendrick area, lost and scared. A good Samaritan found Sissy and brought her into HSoP. Sissy did not have any form of identification, and no missing reports had been filed with HSoP. Soon after arriving, Sissy’s condition was obvious to HSoP staff and the veterinarians at Animal Clinic. Sissy was homeless, and pregnant with seven puppies! The care for an expecting mother began! Staff worked quickly to find a way to help Sissy stay more comfortable during her pregnancy. High stress levels can send dogs in Sissy’s condition into premature labor, and this something the shelter staff worked diligently to avoid. Sissy received her own kiddie pool to nest in, any appropriate preventative care pregnant dogs can receive, and then we waited. Weeks later, her seven all male puppies arrived! Her puppies received preventative care, then mama and her puppies all found their forever homes in responsible and loving homes. What would have happened for Sissy and her litter had HSoP not been able to provide Sissy and her babies with their needed care or shelter? Instead of one stray dog, Kendrick would have had eight homeless, unfixed dogs that had no preventative care provided, adding to the over pet population issue facing Latah County. Who knows what would have happened to Sissy and her babies had she not been able to receive temporary housing at HSoP. "Bruce Wayne" When Bruce Wayne arrived from Potlatch in the summer of 2017, HSoP staff knew he had been patiently waiting for his super hero. Bruce was brought in by the Latah County Sheriffs Department. Bruce had been abused, and was needing help. Bruce was needing a safe, warm and loving place to rest as well as an eye surgery. He was suffering from microsabatosis that was causing entropia. Thanks to the support of our local pet community, HSoP was able to provide the much-needed surgery. Once Bruce was healed, he quickly found a wonderful loving forever home. Dogs like Bruce Wayne need our help. Without a shelter to go to, Bruce would have had no other option but to stay in an abusive home and would not have received the needed vet care. Now, Bruce is living life to the fullest with his super hero! "Stud and Muffin" By Taylor Nadauld Moscow-Pullman Daily News ​ MOSCOW – Stud and Muffin, the Humane Society of the Palouse’s beloved doggy duo since 2014, have been adopted to separate homes in Pullman. Executive Director Tara Wimer told the Daily News the two mixed-breeds, once inseparable when they came to the shelter nearly three years ago and since marketed as a package deal, had recently started bickering and growing anxious living in close proximity. Based on recommendations from a veterinarian, Wimer said, the dogs were separated. Just months later, after years of waiting, both have found their forever homes. Pullman residents Andy and Karina Crookston adopted a timid Muffin on Oct. 20. Generally distrusting of people, Muffin was “just shaking like a leaf” when Andy finally got her in the car to take her to her new home. It took Muffin between three and four days to settle in. Since then, Andy said Muffin has never looked back and has grown to love a good car ride. “She’s been a fantastic dog,” Andy said. “She’s a big lap dog. She likes to sit on your lap and watch the TV.” The family even brought Muffin back to the shelter last week for a check-up, much to Muffin’s protest. “She wanted nothing to do with the shelter,” Wimer said. “We took it as a very good thing.” Neither Wimer nor the Crookstons understood how much of a community following Muffin and Stud had garnered over their three long years at the shelter. It was the longest duration Wimer had seen for a dog in her 13 years with HSoP. Muffin had become a volunteer favorite and many people stopped by just to visit Stud, Wimer said. “It’s funny because we have joked about Muffin being a celebrity,” Andy said. Whether it’s the neighbor, his wife’s friends or the staff at Zelda’s Pet Grooming in Pullman, everybody seems to know who Muffin is, Andy said. Stud, Muffin, Muffin’s mother Misha and seven puppies were picked up by the shelter from a “less than OK” home in June 2014, according to the pairs’ profile on HSoP’s website. None of the dogs was fixed, Wimer said. Stud arrived covered in injuries from the other dogs, and Muffin came with a maternal instinct to protect him. The puppies were easily adopted out, Wimer said, leaving Stud and Muffin to keep each other company at the shelter before their anxieties kicked in, forcing a separation. Last Friday, nearly a month after Muffin had left, Stud waited patiently in his kennel, distracted by the caresses of three volunteers as he waited for his new owner to show up that afternoon. The owner could not be reached for contact by the Daily News, though Wimer said he, a Pullman resident, spent at least two weeks working with Stud to help the sheltered dog get used to the outside world – learning how to go for walks, leave the parking lot and walk up and down stairs. “It was very fortunate that we found somebody who was willing to take on that challenge,” Wimer said. Stud and Muffin’s owners have exchanged contact information. Andy said he hopes to schedule a play date for the two in the future. "Forest" Forest was found in November of 2019 after being hit by a car. Upon arrival to HSoP it was clear Forest suffered quite a few injuries. Forest was taken to the veterinarian, and we did X-rays on both of her back legs. We found two broken bones in each back leg, which meant Forest was going to have to wear casts on both back legs for roughly 8 weeks. Forest purred the entire time she was evaluated, and even after the casts were placed on her legs. She was just happy to get any attention from people. Forest required veterinary visits every four weeks for bandage changes and updated X-rays. She progressed extremely well, and after 8 long weeks of being in casts, Forest was finally free to learn to use her back legs again! Her rehabilitation took roughly four weeks of gaining back muscle and learning how to balance. The staff at HSoP worked hard to help Forest regain full function of her back legs, and were extremely proud of her determination to start walking! Forest was ready for adoption just in time for Valentines Day, and she found her forever home on February 14th! Without the generous donations we receive to our Merlin Fund, the care Forest received wouldn't have been possible! Our Merlin Fund is our life-saving medical fund, and it is designed specifically to give animals like Forest a second chance at life. "KC the CH Kitty" This special wobbly boy was surrendered to HSoP in July of 2021. His family loved him dearly but felt that he would benefit from a different home set up and that he needed a family who could spend more time with him. You see, KC was born with a congenital condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia (called CH for short). Often called "Wobbly Cat Syndrome", CH affects the part of the brain that controls fine motor functions, balance, and coordination. This meant that KC would often slip, fall, and lose his balance when trying to walk. CH does not cause pain or discomfort for cats, and KC seemed to have no idea that he faced challenges that other kitties may not have to face. Despite his accidental falls, KC was always back on his feet in no time to try again. It was clear that this special boy deserved an equally special home. There were a few elements of the home that would make his life more comfortable and easier to navigate. He needed carpeted floors, a larger litter box, and no access to heights over four feet (so no tall cat trees or window perches). KC met his new family in August of 2021, and they quickly fell in love with this determined little guy! He is so happy in his new space, and we are thrilled to see that KC has found his match. "Mango" Mango was brought to HSoP as a stray in April of 2021, along with three of his siblings. The group of four were found running down the road and were extremely nervous when they first arrived. When we took a closer look at Mango, it appeared he was suffering from entropion in both of his eyes. There was a thick white goop coming from his eyes, and he seemed to keep them closed more often than open. Entropion is a condition where the eyelid rolls inward instead of outward like it usually would. This can cause pain, scratched corneas, and impaired vision. It appeared Mango had been living with entropion his whole life and had to deal with the pain it caused him all on his own. ​ Mango's wonderful veterinarians at Animal Clinic & Hospital suggested he receive a surgery to fix the entropion in each of his eyes. We deployed our Merlin Fund for lifesaving medical care to cover the cost of his corrective surgery. After a short healing period, Mr. Mango was feeling and looking good as new! We imagine it must have been a huge relief to finally see clearly. In addition to his improved eyesight, we saw a bigger and brighter smile come from this lovable guy. Mango met his new family in May of 2021 and was so excited to go home with them! This sweet boy got the sweet outcome he truly deserved, and we couldn't be happier for him and his new family.

  • Jobs | HSoP

    HSoP Jobs From time to time, HSoP will have an open job position to fill. If we are currently hiring, you can view the details for each position below. If you are interested in applying for an open position, please send your resume and cover letter to hsopjob@gmail.com Posted 3/23/2022 Animal Care Attendant (ACA) Full-time Wednesday-Saturday 9AM-6PM Benefits: Matching 401k, health insurance, and dental insurance $12.00/Hour Starting Wage Job Description: The Humane Society of the Palouse is hiring a full-time Animal Care Attendant. We are seeking an individual who is passionate about helping our community, both animal and human. This occupation requires a very special person; someone who isn't afraid to get their hands a little dirty, and someone who strives to create a better environment. Our organization believes and follows our mission statement, so we are looking for someone who is impassioned about the welfare and humane treatment of all animals. This job is physically and emotionally strenuous. We take in companion animals from Latah County, and at times receive extremely ill and injured animals. Some animals’ arrival conditions can be heartbreaking, but we are committed to providing the highest level of care and treatment to the animals in our facility. The right candidate for this position will have good communication skills, the ability to manage time well, and be dedicated to the education of responsible pet ownership. Some, but not all tasks that are expected in this job include: cleaning animal cages, medicating animals, proper animal handling/restraint, customer service, reception duties, and handling animals in many different capacities. This position may include working under adverse conditions such as: inclement weather, loud noise, and possible exposure to infectious diseases, parasites, and animal waste in a physically and emotionally demanding environment. ​ Potential candidate qualifications: Have a high school diploma or equivalent Must not be queasy about blood, poop, parasites or needles Must be okay standing for long periods of time Must be able to lift 50 pounds or more Must be flexible/receptive to change Must be self-motivated Be able to understand and carry out oral and written directions Be willing to work irregular hours including weekends and holidays Have good customer service skills Preferred skills include: Customer service, previous experience in a shelter environment, animal handling/care experience, and basic understanding of animal behavior.