Careers - Work With Cats

    Animal Care and Shelter Worker

    It takes a special kind of person to work in an animal shelter. There is a great deal of satisfaction working with the animals, but the job is both physically and emotionally demanding.

    You could get a feel for whether this job is right for you by volunteering at a local shelter. Learning what is required of a shelter worker is usually "on the job" training. Cleaning and disinfecting animal cages is only part of the job, and shelter workers are often required to hold or restrain animals, who are often frightened in their new surroundings. Restraining such an animal could put you at risk of bites or scratches.

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for animal care and service workers in animal shelters is expected to remain steady, mainly because many workers leave this occupation each year.

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