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Top 25 Animal Shelter Worker Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
How do you evaluate success?
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"I feel successful when I have matched dogs and cats with the best owners. It feels good to take the time to prepare new owners with as much information as possible to help them care for their new pet. I also feel successful when the volunteers I have trained feel confident in handling animals. I spend a lot of time investing in my team and I feel like a success when everything runs smoothly."
"I feel successful when I have matched dogs and cats with the best owners. It feels good to take the time to prepare new owners with as much information as possible to help them care for their new pet. I also feel successful when the volunteers I have trained feel confident in handling animals. I spend a lot of time investing in my team and I feel like a success when everything runs smoothly." Everyone has a different interpretation of success. Think about what it would take for you to feel good about your job at the end of the day.
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Question 2 of 25
Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond the requirements of the job.
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"When I was waiting tables at a restaurant, I would always roll the silverware and wipe down the tables every time I started my shift. My boss never had to ask me to sweep the floor or remind me of my daily duties because I was always on top of things. People enjoyed working with me because I had such a positive attitude and I worked hard. I always offered to cover shifts and make myself available to my coworkers for support when they needed it."
"When I was waiting tables at a restaurant, I would always roll the silverware and wipe down the tables every time I started my shift. My boss never had to ask me to sweep the floor or remind me of my daily duties because I was always on top of things. People enjoyed working with me because I had such a positive attitude and I worked hard. I always offered to cover shifts and make myself available to my coworkers for support when they needed it." You can give an example from any of your past volunteer jobs or from your professional experience. The interviewer wants to know that you are the type of employee who will go above expectations for a customer. You are willing to do what it takes to keep the shelter clean and to keep the animals happy. Give an example that demonstrates your
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Question 3 of 25
Tell me about a situation where you needed to be patient.
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Question 4 of 25
How do you handle disappointment?
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Question 5 of 25
What decisions are easiest for you to make? What are the most difficult?
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Question 6 of 25
Why are you passionate about working in an animal shelter?
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Question 7 of 25
Why are you the best choice for our animal shelter?
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Question 8 of 25
Why do you want a career as an animal shelter worker?
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Question 9 of 25
Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
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Question 10 of 25
How do you handle stress and pressure?
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Question 11 of 25
How do you stay motivated?
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Question 12 of 25
What is the greatest challenge of working at an animal shelter?
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Question 13 of 25
Tell me about a time when you reached a goal. What steps did you take to get there?
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Question 14 of 25
How would you handle an issue with a policy or procedure?
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Question 15 of 25
Have you ever volunteered at an animal shelter before?
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Question 16 of 25
Can you work evenings, weekends or overtime?
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Question 17 of 25
How do you feel about administering medication to large dogs?
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Question 18 of 25
How would you handle a situation where a dog was facing euthanization?
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Question 19 of 25
How will you help match new pet owners with the best animal for them?
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Question 20 of 25
Are there any types of animals that you are uncomfortable being around?
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Question 21 of 25
Quite often we will have animals come to us who have been very poorly treated. How do you control your emotions in these situations?
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Question 22 of 25
Do you have any ideas that might help us raise money?
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Question 23 of 25
Tell me about your fundraising experience.
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Question 24 of 25
How will working at an animal shelter help you accomplish your career goals?
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Question 25 of 25
Tell me about your experience working with animals.
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Question 1 of 25
How do you evaluate success?
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There are different levels to success, it could be a major accomplishment such as graduating from a prestigious program, or it could be something as simple as getting up in the morning. Overall, I would define success as setting a goal and doing your absolute best to accomplish what has been set before you, and most of all not giving up.
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Success is the level of commitment put into an effort and if I know I tried something to the best of my ability and was efficient in my effort I have succeeded.
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I evaluate success based on meeting the goals that are set for me, and how quickly I finish those goals.
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I evaluate success based on meeting the goals that are set for me, and how quickly I finish those goals.
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I evaluate success based on meeting the goals that are set for me, and how quickly I finish those goals.
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By how I raise my kids and take care of my household and family.
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Working your hardest and doing your best will result in success that is measurable.
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By setting a target that is achievable them I have something to measure.
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Success I believe is something that can only be evaluated individually. Each person hold themselves to a different set of standards and to determine success is to look back and see if you accomplished all of the goals you have set for yourself.
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Loving what you do everyday.
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By making A's on my report card.
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I evaluate success as achieving a goal.
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I take a deep breath and keep myself calm. With animals, I will take a small break if I get frustrated.
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I evaluate success by how close I am to the goal I was trying to achieve.
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I evaluate success by what's important to me. Success isn't just a career goal. You can be a successful parent or student it just depends on what you feel is being successful.
Question 2 of 25
Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond the requirements of the job.
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In the 6th grade we were given a list of small projects to do and had to pick three of them. I chose and completed six.
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There was a time where a friend of mine was really struggling with a project at school, and she didn’t have anyone helping her with this project. And with me being already graduated, I didn’t have anything that I had to do. So I volunteered my time to actually help her with her project. I ended up staying up all night with her to work on this project. The next day she turned it in and ended up getting the top grade in her class for that project.
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When I stayed over night to lay with a dying wild while she passed away.
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My partner in a college class did not show up for our joint project. Therefore I not only had to complete my portion of the project I had to do hers as well. Our grade depended on both portions being complete. I received an A on the project.
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When I worked in drug services it was a service that had limited budgets. We had a group room but it was really miserable. I worked with the service users to decorate it. We did it in our own time. It ended up feeling really homely.
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I went above and beyond on a project when I had to travel down to the country side just to get a small sample of bog.
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While working at Wonderland Cave we were doing some updating with our displays trying to make them look much more neat and inviting. I had brought up an idea to have daily discounts and sales to try to bring up our daily income and created new signs to make the displays stand out.
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Everyday at Petsmart, as the pet care lead, I went above and beyond the daily call of duty by being extremely thorough and teaching my associates to do the same. If find the underlying chores and projects to complete and stay late into the night making sure they were completed.
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Management gave small perimeters for the project and I got done faster and more efficient than they expected.
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I went above and beyond for a project when I completed the project to hirer than the standards I thought I would.
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At my last job I worked at a warehouse where production was top priority. We had a back order that needed to be done by the next day. I worked on an production line that consisted of me packaging tooth paste and tooth brushes. They needed a certain amount done before the shift was over. So I opted to stay over with a few other workers to get the job done as well as come in the next morning early enough to ensure the work order was completed and ready to be shipped.
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Had a patient very ill, loved animals would bring my cat in to stay with him.
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When I was in training for my previous job it was required that I shadowed for at least 8 hours. However, I trained far longer than that knowing that the standard shifts were 13 hours long. I wanted to be sure I had a feel for everything before I was trusted to take care of other people.
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I actually had a Spanish project, I had to create a menu so I did different types and I had to draw pictures .
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Although I had already punched out, I stayed behind to help a colleague solve a problem. A customer was very angry as he had waited very long for his coffee. My colleague was new, she was quite slow. I came out and explained things to the customer. Although he was very angry at first, I just listened to him and told him that we try to bring our best out to each customer who walks in to our store. After a one-hour discussion, he left with a happy face and was satisfied.
Question 3 of 25
Tell me about a situation where you needed to be patient.
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I take a deep breath and a step back to really think about my reaction to a situation before I say or act in any way to make a situation worse.
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I handle my anger by turning it into motivation.
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Tell off the person in my head.
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I would try to talk it out.
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I try not to worry about what I can't control and and focus on what I can control and that helps me avoid being angry.
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I recognise that I'm angry and take some time to calm down. I look for a resolution to my anger and what I can do. I also look for a different view of the situation that makes me angry.
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When I become angery I take a deep breath and count to 10, to decide if the situation was even worth being upset over.
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I handle my anger by not allowing the words or actions of others to influence my decisions.
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Refocusing it toward blogging.
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Depends on the situation. Usually in just breath and remind myself that getting angry won't change the situation or its outcome and open my mind to possible solutions.
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Take deep breaths and walk away to compose myself if need be.
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When I get angry I tend to get very quiet and stew over whatever the problem is. I've learned to put the problem aside and come back to it in an open and honest manner when I can handle it.
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I wouldn't say that I get angry but maybe when I get a bit annoyed about something I just try my best to forget about it and carry on what I'm doing.
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I am not easily angered. But the best way for handling anger is to walk away from the situation or discontinue the conversation if possible.
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I don't consider myself to be a particularly angry person, but if it's necessary, I will take a brief break alone in order to calm myself.
Question 4 of 25
How do you handle disappointment?
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By trying harder the next time.
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Disappointment is well, disappointing. When I do become disappointed, I tell myself that all will be right soon and that I will get over this feeling of disappointment.
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Disappointment is obviously disappointing. When I do become disappointed I tell myself that all with be right soon and that I will get over this feeling.
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Disappointment is obviously not that great, but when I do become disappointed, I tell myself that all will be right soon and that I will get over this feeling of disappointment.
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Give myself some time to deal disappointment then start over again.
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I try to distract myself from the situation.
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It's part of life. It's about looking at what you can learn how can you do it better and then trying again.
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I try not to let any disappointment get me upset or down as it can distract me from what i'm trying to achieve or if some does disappoint me I tend to try do whatever is it by myself.
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I believe everyone has to deal with disappointment at some time in their life. The way you handle disappointment I think says a lot bout your character. For me I handle disappointment in a positive way by telling myself that there is a positive in each day, you just have to find it. Once you have found that positive, the day is yours to be better.
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I'm definitely human so there are times when I will be frustrated or sad but I'm always professional and know to contain myself for theappropriate time.
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I try to find a solution to prevent future disappointment. If that isn't possible, I brush it off and move on.
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Try to improve for next time.
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I take it with a grain of salt and continue striving for my end result.
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I try to look at the positive in everything. Maybe that particular thing wasn't for me.
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Again, it depends on the situation. But like anything else, how I feel. About it won't change anything. It's fine to. Feel what you feel, but only a for a moment. Pull yourself back up and keep. Going.
Question 5 of 25
What decisions are easiest for you to make? What are the most difficult?
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Decisions that have more than one solution tend to be the most difficult for me. Decisions that have a clear solution to them are the easiest for me to make.
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Decisions that have more than one solution tend to be the most difficult for me. Decisions that have a clear solution to them are the easiest for me.
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Big decisions are easy lunch is difficult.
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It's not really about hard or easy it's about putting the thought and time into making the right decision.
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I find decisions easier if I have th eight information. I find decisions hard when I have limited information.
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The easiest decisions for me to make are things that are straight forward and nice and simple. The most difficult decisions are when you dont know what to do next or you're lost at what you're doing at the time.
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The easiest decision for me to make is how can I step up my work skills and do better. I always try to bring enthusiasm and energy to what I am doing. The most difficult decision for me to make would be making a lot of decisions at once.
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My day to day decisions are probably the easiest to make, such as decisions for my children. The most difficult for me are heart wrenching kind, that's when I look for support in decision making.
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Being able to pick from a few options are the most easiest decisions for me. A large variety of choices makes a decision more difficult for me.
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I don't find any decision easier than another because all decisions are important to your life.
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The easiest decisions I make to me are choosing what cereal to eat for breakfast o. The hardest decisions to make would be which route to take in the morning to beat the traffic.
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Ones I know about are easily fixed others take longer.
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That's a very vague question. Whethere it's for the welfare of someone else or myself, sometimes the best decisions are the hardest to make. But nonetheless they are necessary to make.
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Decisions are difficult. In stressful or intense situations I tend to decide things without too much worry. However, in times where a decision isn't needed immediately I tend to think over it too much. I've come to find pros and cons list helpful.
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I think all decisions are relatively easy to make but however, there is established relationships between decisions that need to be made those are difficult to do .
Question 6 of 25
Why are you passionate about working in an animal shelter?
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What makes me passionate is that I want to see every animal as happy as they can be. I never want to see an animal hurt or in terrible condition. So I want to do whatever I can to help every animal that I can.
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Animals have just always been my thing. Ever since I was a little girl I can remember being the the one that wanted to help the animals.
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Seeing dogs go on to loving homes, knowing that I've helped to keep them safe whilst waiting.
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I love dogs and with all the stories of all the dogs being tortured and abused from all sorts of people, you just wish you can rescue them all and treat them properly as I have 12 rescued dogs and they all mean alot to me.
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Back in 2007, we adopted a boxer for our local animal shelter. A family friend worked there and asked if we would like to adopt her before she was put down and we said yes. She had previously been abused and was only four years old when we received her. When I met her I saw how mistreated she was but yet her emotions were happy. She lived a full happy life after that and we were blessed to have her. If it wasn't for our local animal shelter we wouldn't have had that time with her and the memories. So this for me is why I would love to be apart of such an amazing staff and team.
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It is a dream of mine to work in such surroundings where I will be caring for animals hands on throughout my days, where I can be an advocate for these voiceless, innocent creatures and make a positive impact in their lives.
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I grew up with animals as a kid. I really like to nurture and care for animals, whether it is a human being or a pet. Also animals really appreciate the care you give them and they show it too! Lots of tail wagging and kisses!
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I am passionate about being an employee of the animal shelter because I have a big heart for animals and love to help them as I can.
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My love for animals. I believe if I can help make a difference in an animals life whether it's showing them love that they never felt or if it's getting them well enough to be placed in a home.
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I love animals snd want to help them.
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Connecting with people and their unique situations to place the right pet with the right home. The last thing a shelter wants is have their pets returned or found dead because we failed to properly connect with the people wanting the pet. People are such an important part of shelter work. You can't have a passion for animals without having a passion for people too.
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The amounts of stray, neglected animals. Spay and neuter your pets people.
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There are so many reasons I could give you. First, I have a couple pets of my own and absolutely love them. I'm also considering a career with animals and working at an animal shelter would give me good insight into that field. Also, I like the idea of working a job that actually means something.
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I personally love animals, I have a cat that I take care of I feed him and play with him and all. Animals are just so lovable and caring .
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Giving an animal a home, whether it be temporary or permanent is ideal. Ever creature deserves a place to rest their head, and that's why we have animal shelters. One day, I hope for every animal to find their fur-ever home. I really just want to match the perfect pet with the perfect human, because I believe pets help their humans, just as we help them.
Question 7 of 25
Why are you the best choice for our animal shelter?
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I've been training for this posistion since I was about 11 years old with volunteer work to kennel jobs for about 15 years.
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Because my love for animals will be an asset not only for the shelter but for each individual animal and my co-workers.
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Because my love for animals will be an asset not only for the shelter but for each individual animal and my co-workers.
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I'm committed, I'm great with the public and I am approachable. I can spot small strengths in the dogs and help them to build on these which really helps with reforming. I am very observant and can spot chants in the dogs this lets us plan how to support them better.
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I think I can learn so much by working with your company, I already have a little bit of experience as I own 12 dogs and I think I would be a great candidate to for you.
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I strive to work hard at whatever I do and will not give up on a project until it is done. I believe that whether you are dealing with an animal or a human they should all be treated the same and should feel comfortable with where they are. I will work hard to keep the animals bathe, fee, and cages cleaned when instructed. Also I do not like to be late so I will always do my best to be on time.
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As far as caring for the animals, I will never disappoint. I am reliable and devoted to this cause, and looking for a place where I can grow and develop as an animal care professional and this seems like the perfect fit.
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I am able to take on any challenge and learn new skills. I also want to gather experience with animals so I can be prepared for the veterinary career path.
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I feel I am the best employee because I have skills to offer as well as a heart of gold when it comes to helping animals.
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I think I am the best because of my personality. I can adapt to anyone so I think that will be useful in an already stressful environment.
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I like to push through and get positive results, problem solving is a challenge that I love.
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I am the best worker for you because I am so dedicated to things that I care about. If I find the task important, as taking care of animals is, I will go an extra mile to make sure everything is the best it can be.
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I'm very helpful and caring, lovable . I also love just playing with them and cleaning after them too .
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I think I can handle all types of animals very well and I think I am tune with others' emotions, allowing me to work with various types of people.
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Agaim, I truly care about animals.
Question 8 of 25
Why do you want a career as an animal shelter worker?
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I want a career as an animal shelter worker because I have a passion for animals, and I want to use that passion to help them. I also would like to gain experience for my future career as a veterinarian technician.
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I want a career that I can make a difference with animals lives.
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I have been planning this for over 12 months I want a careers where I can see dogs arrive then go on to leave the home.
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I would like a career in an animal shelter because I love playing and being around dogs and always want to take care of them.
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I believe working for an animal shelter builds character in a worker because you are not only working with people but you are working with animals too. Wildlife and animals are a big part of our culture and I think taking the time to work with them and understand them can help us better how we handle situations with them in the future.
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It is my passion to work with and for animals as part of a team that is actively making a difference in the lives of animals.
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I feel like I would be making a difference in an animal's life whether it's cleaning their kennels are finding their forever home. I also want to be able to become a vet in the near future so being in an animal shelter will surround me with the animals I'm most likely going to work with in the long run.
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I want to eventually move up in positions to where I am eventually a vet tech or veterinarian.
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Because I strive for the education of people. Without educating people we will never have empty kennels. People are big part of animal. Welfare.
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To make a difference, to educate people spay, neuter, adopt.
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I love this animal shelter. I adopted my cat from here and couldn't be happier. I want to be a part of the process that made me so happy.
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To one day be veterinarian and also because I want to learn more and take care of animals that need love and attention .
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I want to take good care of the dogs while they are away from home and make visiting doggie day care a positive experience for them. Seeing the dogs happy makes me happy.
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I've always had a dream of taking care for animals an I think this is the perfect job to get close to that dream.
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It is a job I truly enjoy and see myself doing for a long time. I strive to be the best I can be and this job highlights all my interests and strengths. I get to work in a team environment, work with animals, work with customer, a company that cares about their employee's and offers so many opportunities.
Question 9 of 25
Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
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When I took a gouge out of my leg and my mom said do I need to call 911? I said no.
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When walking a dog observing the changes in their behaviour and changing the environment to make sure they are not put in a situation in which they could react badly.
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A time I had to make a quick decision was when one of my dogs was choking very bad on his food and could not get it out so I hand to quickly put my 2 fingers down his throat in order for him to get sick and dislodge the food that was stuck.
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During the rally while I was working at Wonderland Cave, There was a motor cycle wreck. I had just come off of a tour and we were walking back to the gift shop when I heard the crash. Looking ahead and seeing most of my group was just about to the gift shop, I quickly apologized to the couple I was walking with and ran through the forest to the scene. I ended up being the first to the scene so I ran down the path and yelled for help than ran back to the accident. By this point other began to show up and help out and we were able to get the man the emergency help he needed after we got him down for the road path.
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Many times involving the health of the small animals and fish in my care. Also as a business operator all the decisions were on me, big and small.
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Deciding what to major in for college.
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One situation (work related ) was when my boss really needed me to stay and help finish up some work orders that needed to be done I unfortunately sad no because I wanted to attend a special program at my child's school.
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Fryers caught fire on shift.. Put it out.
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My brother just brought a new puppy into the house and he tends to bother the other animals. Daily, I find myself deciding if I should seperate them when they're barking or kind of fighting. My dog is well trained enough to know not to bite and I know there is a pack order that needs to be straightened out. However, I don't want to let things go too far and promote fighting. I need to decide if I should let them straighten it out or if the situation is too intense and needs to end.
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I had to babysit my little cousin but I had plans that day too so I had to think she is my little cousin and my family so I decided to take care of her and call my friends and change the plans for another day .
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I had a severe head injury right before I was about to make a long drive home that would take me all night, and I decided ultimately it was unsafe to drive and spent the night at a hotel, which was the correct decision I believe.
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When I had to come up with a way to get a dog out of my. Friends house since it was being abused when I was 10 years of age.
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Recently when discussing testing protocols and determining if they were feasible, the company needed an answer at that point in time.
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Working with children in my previous job making quick decisions were done every moment of the day for example rushing to a child that has fallen off of a chair and needs assistance. Helping a child who needs medical attention.
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When an animal is suffering and there is poor prognosis you need to tell the owner and make it clear... For example is euthanasia is best - do that over letting them suffer and or if need some time offer to give some pain relief.
Question 10 of 25
How do you handle stress and pressure?
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Whenever I do become stressed and or pressured, I make sure that I keep a calm composure. I take a deep breath and sort of give myself a pep talk.
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I think I work better under pressure.
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Managing my emotions working as a team using line management learning from others.
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I try to handle a calmly as I can but will always get the work done no matter how stressful or how much pressure I have.
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I look at stress and pressure as a test of how you respond to the situations. For me I look at my surroundings, quickly think of what I can do to help or handle to situation, and go from there.
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Like coal, pressure brings out the gem in me.
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I see stress as an opportunity to find a solution for a problem. I can practice my coping skills.
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I look for the positive in the situation and try to not let my feelings or emotions get the best of me.
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I'm not sure anyone ever really has a solid handle on being under stress and pressure with all the grace in the world. But like with anything, I just breath and attempt to keep. A clear head. I can't change the situation all I can do. Is embrace it and make the best of what's happemed.
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I am a bit of a perfectionist so pressure can actually be a good thing. I go into a hardworking get it done kind of mode. However, if the stress is unusually high I try to just take a deep breath and do what I can to help. If I'm not doing what needs to be done I take a step back and let someone else take over if they can.
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To cut off things that stress me and put pressure on me and just be positive always.
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I just talk myself into staying calm.
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I handle stress and pressure very well, and it encourages me to perform better in order to meet the expections being set upon me.
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I try to remain calm, take a deep breath and focus. I stay personable and pleasant while under stress and pressure and work urgently yet accurate.
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When under stress, I take time to breath and think through things methodically.
Question 11 of 25
How do you stay motivated?
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When I see that I have made a difference in just one persons way of thinking.
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What motivates me to succeed is the though of how happy I will be after I do actually succeed in something.
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Being a good role model to my children.
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Setting targets, wanting the best for the dogs.
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My goals are what motivates me to succeed, I set up small goals for myself and everytime I succeed those goals I make make the new goals abit bigger than the last.
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My big motivation to succeed is to begin to build a life that I can be proud of and to do what is the right thing for my community. I ask myself how can I help my community or be better for my community and then I strive towards that goal.
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My children, everyday. And doing a job that makes a positive difference.
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Being able to have a bright future motivates me to do my best.
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My love for my children. Failure is not an option when someone is sitting in the audience watching your every move.
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Honestly, I would have to say my own perfectionism. There's a certain sort of satisfaction I get when I do something well.
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Doing a great job, by achieving the things that are important for now and the future .
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Picturing the end of succeeding and seeing how happy I would be.
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The expectations and goals I set for myself as well as my own personal drive motivate me to succeed.
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Everything happens for a reason and I have to keep that in motion.
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The company's and my teams success motivates me to succeed. Also it is very important to me to be a great value to the company.
Question 12 of 25
What is the greatest challenge of working at an animal shelter?
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Not being able to save enough animals that were left on the streets or abandoned after someone moved.
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I've never been a shelter worker.
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When dogs have very long stays.
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My biggest disappointment would be knowing that healthy young dogs are getting put down everyday because there's no room for them but sometimes they keep the dirty old dogs.
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I have yet to work in an animal shelter so I am hoping there won't be any major disappointments.
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Losing the animals I loved to old age or disease.
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I have not experienced any disappointments.
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My only disappointment would be not being able to save certain animals I formed a bond with. But I understand I can't save all of them.
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Having to put a pet down.
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I haven't worked at an animal shelter before but I have worked at a ranch. I would say the biggest disappointment there was when I saw that more could be done, say cleaning the barn and getting rid of mice, and I couldn't do anything more. It's so sad not to be able to help when problems are just beyond your means.
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As a pet babysitter my biggest dissapointment would be when a pet wouldn't remember me after i'd cared for them several times before, but I understand that all animals process things differently and that I am there to take good care of the animals.
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This is my first job so I hope there will not be any dissapointments in this job as a and animal shelter worker.
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Not having enough room for growth in my previous company. It is was a small clinic and there are so many jobs available. There was also no benefits offered to employee's to make staying there worth while. I was very disappointed when I chose to leave the great team of people I work with.
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Failing an animal and making the tough choice to euthanize.
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Discovering that extra skills don't necessarily lead to promotions or salary increase.
Question 13 of 25
Tell me about a time when you reached a goal. What steps did you take to get there?
User-Submitted Answers
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Staying calm and just sat down and think about all the good things.
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I graduated high School early.
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One of my main goals other than working with animals is to play first division hockey, since joining a club at first I started in division 6 and now i'm currently playing in division 2, but my goal is to play division one and I have nearly reached this goal by hard work, going to training every week and put my very best and every match I play.
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When a friend of mine passed away, a lot of us kids were at the hospital. While there we decided to make bracelets for all of the high school kids and for the community. We asked the staff at the hospital for bracelets and began to write. We then went to churches and the high school to give them out. We then wanted to make sure that every year we did something special to represent him and his memory.
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Moving here. Determination.
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As a kid, I wanted to read the most books in my class and with time and dedication I was able to reach first place.
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One important goal is set for myself was to be on a job more than just a few months. I wanted to learn stability and as I've gotten older I can say that I have been successful in staying with most jobs 2 or more years.
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Wanted to manage the kitchen, started off as line cook worked hard four yearsclater I was manager.
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I would say getting an interview here. I've struggled with mental health and want so badly to support myself and go to school. I've reached a point where I'm stable and getting a job is just another step in the right direction.
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I set the goal of getting into college for creative studies and I attended many school gatherings, constructed a portfolio, worked to produce good enough art and studied to get good enough grades to be accepted into the college with a good scholarship.
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My most recent goal that I have achieved is learning and completing my accounting course through Sheridan College. I set out to learn a new set of skills to become even more of a well-rounded valued employee. I worked hard, showed up to all classes and on time, prepared. My hard work has paid off, my homework, quizzes, tests, assignments and studying have resulted in me passing the program and gaining a lot of new knowledge.
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This year we had a goal at work to breed a certain number of pets. Through certain contacts, I was able to reach the goal mid year.
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I set goals everyday. Whether it be learning more about animals by reading books and doing lessons on line through schools.
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Last year working towards Dragon boat training, every week did more and more and pushed to my limits.
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I have diabetes and my goal every time is to get an A1C of 8 or less. I have only done it once since it is a little difficult to control my diabetes but it made me feel fantastic, physically because my body was healthier and mentally because I finally did it.
Question 14 of 25
How would you handle an issue with a policy or procedure?
User-Submitted Answers
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Yes, I follow rules because it makes less of a hassle.
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When it may not make sense to me I question the law makers.
Question 15 of 25
Have you ever volunteered at an animal shelter before?
User-Submitted Answers
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I've volunteered at the local animal shelter for many months so I have the experience for the job.
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I had volunteered for a animal camp and got inspired to fulfill my dreams even more.
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Volunteer experience with Klinic in counselling and awareness.
Question 16 of 25
Can you work evenings, weekends or overtime?
User-Submitted Answers
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It depends if that animal is right for you. Sometimes it doesn't go as planned and it might not work out.
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Yes can be if you can look after the anima.
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It is more personal, it helps animals to find homes, I believe its a better choice for those who want to adopt.
Question 17 of 25
How do you feel about administering medication to large dogs?
Question 18 of 25
How would you handle a situation where a dog was facing euthanization?
User-Submitted Answers
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I feel that if it is the best thing for that animal then it should be done, but I don't believe it should be done after a period of days where an animal doesn't get adopted.
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Sad heartened, but understanding of the situation at hand.
Question 19 of 25
How will you help match new pet owners with the best animal for them?
User-Submitted Answers
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No, I always take the veterinarian as a god for the animals.
Question 20 of 25
Are there any types of animals that you are uncomfortable being around?
User-Submitted Answers
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I am not really fond of birds and arachnids or reptiles minus snakes.
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When I was small I was scared of Lions or predator animals but I overcomed my fear and now I treat all aimals equally.
Question 21 of 25
Quite often we will have animals come to us who have been very poorly treated. How do you control your emotions in these situations?
User-Submitted Answers
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It bothers me that they were treated that way but it wouldn't make me cry because I know they will have a better life now.
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I will feel pity at the plight of the animal and it would disturb my heart.
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Try to keep it together, so it doesn't interfere with helping the animal.
Question 22 of 25
Do you have any ideas that might help us raise money?
Question 23 of 25
Tell me about your fundraising experience.
Question 24 of 25
How will working at an animal shelter help you accomplish your career goals?
User-Submitted Answers
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Not really, I like working with the animals more than managing people.
Question 25 of 25
Tell me about your experience working with animals.

About Animal Shelter Worker

August 17th, 2017

Animal shelter workers care for domesticated animals that have arrived at the shelter for a variety of reasons. Some animals have been surrendered by their owners while others may have been rescued from abusive situations. Animal shelter workers are passionate about animals with extensive knowledge of various breeds and how to care for them.

Most animal shelters have a variety of animals such as dogs, cats, bunnies, and reptiles. Caring for these animals includes feeding, grooming, exercising, training and spending time with them. Other duties include cleaning up after the animals, administering medication. For a true animal lover, this could be a dream job.

Part of the role of an animal shelter worker is to help re-home the animals in your care. This includes taking photos of each animal and writing a catchy profile on them for the purpose of posting the profile on the shelter website, in the newspaper, and on social media.

An animal shelter worker, it is important to generate interest in animal adoption throughout your community. Once there is interest in adoption, an animal shelter worker will put the potential adopter through a rigorous application and interview process. The primary goal is to ensure that the animal is going to a safe, healthy, life-long home.

Many animal shelters are heavily funded through donations, community efforts, and government. As an animal shelter worker, you will likely spend time with volunteer shelter workers. You may also have open houses for the community to meet some of the animals awaiting adoption.

To gain employment at as an animal shelter worker there is no formal post-secondary education required. A high school diploma or GED will generally be enough. A certificate in animal grooming or training, for example, could be an asset.

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