Employment Opportunities

Dog Foster & Adoption Coordinator

Position Overview: The Dog Foster & Adoption Coordinator serves as the primary contact for potential and active Animal Aid dog foster parents and dog adoption applicants. This person works with the Animal Care Manager and the Dog Intake & Adoption Committee to coordinate the placement of dogs into foster homes, oversees communication with dog foster parents, coordinates additional resources as needed by foster families (e.g., education, training, etc.), and participates in the adoption process for all dogs. This is a paid, 20 or 25 hour position with medical healthcare benefits.


Foster parent on-boarding and management

  • Promote the foster program and answer inquiries from the public. Work with Animal Aid committees to expand the foster program through marketing, education, etc.
  • Oversee the processing of foster applications, including home visits and any other necessary meetings with applicants.
  • Maintain communications with active fosters through regular check-ins and home visits. Organize vacation pet care for long-term fosters as needed.

Foster dog intake and management

  • In coordination with the Dog Intake & Adoption Committee, oversee the dog intake process, including communications with rescue partners for transfers, the public for rehoming requests, and active foster families to bring on new dogs.
  • Act as the primary point of contact with active foster homes regarding animal behavior, health, and any other needs.
  • Train and supervise the Emergency Dog Kennel volunteers on kennel procedures, scheduling volunteers, and communications with shelter staff.
  • Participate in staff meetings and Dog Intake & Adoption Committee meetings.

Foster animal promotion and adoption

  • Work with the Dog Intake & Adoption Committee to draft bios for foster dogs. Coordinate with the Marketing Committee as needed for assistance with marketing and outreach efforts.
  • Review dog adoption inquiries and applications in coordination with the Dog Intake & Adoption Committee. Train, develop, and oversee volunteer dog adoption counselors to assist with processing adoption applications.
  • Coordinate and participate in meet-and-greets between foster dogs and interested adopters and organize adoption deliveries.
  • Organize any materials for foster parents and approved adopters, including paperwork and supplies for home placement.

Additional duties

  • Serve as the emergency on-call contact for foster parents on a rotating basis with other Dog Team members.
  • Participate in Animal Aid’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access (DEIA) activities, including bi-monthly meetings, training, and other initiatives.
  • Participate in additional organizational meetings as necessary.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Passion for animal welfare.
  • Volunteer experience in animal rescue, specifically working with dogs.
  • Belief in and adherence to fear-free, positive reinforcement training techniques only (i.e., no aversive or “balanced” training methods)
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written. Able to maintain professionalism, compassion, and clear communication at all times.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Enjoys working with a wide variety of personality types.
  • Strong time management skills. Prompt with outreach and replies, as well as scheduling and maintaining appointments.
  • Desire to learn and grow as part of a team.
  • Basic proficiency with Google Suite and Microsoft Suite applications. Willing and motivated to learn new technologies, as needed.
  • Licensed driver with an insured vehicle and ability to transport animals.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous professional experience with dogs of different sizes, temperaments, and medical and behavioral needs.
  • Previous experience with medicating animals.

Hours: 20 or 25 hours per week, to be determined in consultation with new hire. This position will be based at the Animal Aid shelter with the expectation of frequent off-site meetings to coordinate with fosters, adopters, and rescue partners. This position will require working on Saturdays from 12:00-4:00 PM, with a schedule for the remaining hours to be determined as part of the hiring process. This position will require and be given flexibility due to planning around the availability of foster parents, interested adopters, and rescue partners.

Compensation: $18.00 an hour. Medical healthcare coverage included.

About Animal Aid: Animal Aid is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue and welfare organization that has been serving animals and the people they love since 1969. It is our mission to enhance the welfare of companion animals through individualized care and lifelong commitment, rescue and adoption, resources and education, and community partnerships. We operate a free-roam shelter for cats; a foster program for dogs and cats; a community-driven animal care supply sharing program called It Takes a Pack; and the Animal Aid Cares Fund, a partnership with veterinarians, trainers, and behaviorists in Portland to provide financial assistance for urgent medical and behavioral care.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume as PDF documents to hiring@animalaidpdx.org and indicate in the subject line that you are applying for the Dog Foster & Adoption Coordinator position. The position is open until filled, with a deadline to next review applications of May 24, 2022. Thank you!

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