Do you love animals AND people? Well then the Humane Society of Harford County is looking for you! We employ talented and dedicated staff in all areas of the shelter, and we are looking to expand our team! We are an open-admission nonprofit animal shelter and take in approximately 4,000 animals a year, including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, reptiles, farm animals, rodents, and even fish! We are proud to boast a 90%+ live release rate, a statistic upon which we always strive to improve.

All candidates must be 18+, pass a pre-employment drug screening, possess a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation, have an excellent work ethic, be able to work effectively under high stress, and handle an emotionally and physically demanding work environment. Must be computer literate, using Word, Excel, email, internet browsers, and be able to learn and use the PetPoint database program.

Full time employees are offered excellent health/vision/dental benefits, a SIMPLE retirement plan with 3% match after two years of service, short/long term disability benefits, life and AD&D benefits, paid time off, and seven paid holidays. We also have an employee of the month program, quarterly staff appreciation events, and provide multiple continuing education and professional development opportunities throughout the year. On top of all that, we’re a bunch of fun and dynamic folks who love our jobs and get to help animals and people for a living! What’s better than that!?

Animal care, rescue, and/or sheltering experience is not required for every position. Please read the postings below to learn more about what is required for each opportunity.

Contract Veterinarians

We are seeking contract DVMs/VMDs to work in our veterinary department, to ensure top notch medical care of shelter animals, using established shelter medicine protocols and available resources. This includes examining and monitoring of sick and injured animals, creating treatment plans, prescribing of medications, administering rabies vaccines, performing high-quality high-volume spay/neuter and other surgeries, performing intake and recheck exams, and humane euthanasia when necessary. Our brand new state of the art shelter boasts a beautiful and large veterinary wing with a surgery suite, including new equipment and a well-stocked pharmacy. The shelter is open admissions, so it is a fast-paced work environment similar to an ER setting, with new animals coming in all day every day via residents and animal control, as well as medical alerts for existing shelter animals, so our vet department staff must be quick on their feet and able to safely manage multiple cases at once. Must have a positive and compassionate attitude, a sense of humor, ability to work well with others under pressure, and a desire to ensure that shelter animals receive the best care possible during their stay with us. Must possess a valid MD State Veterinary License and be rabies vaccinated. Rate of pay is $55/hour. Various shifts are available, seven days a week. Interested vets should email jen@harfordshelter.org for more information.

Full-Time Veterinary Technicians

Are you an upbeat veterinary technician that’s wild about animals? Do you love people too, and enjoy helping the community? We are actively seeking an inspired tech for our shelter veterinary department in our brand new, state of the art shelter. In addition to all the usual skills (preparing and giving treatments, assisting our vets, ensuring proper sanitation in cages/kennels/vet rooms, counseling fosters and adopters about the pets’ medical needs, collecting and maintaining records, drawing blood, and running labs), we are particularly seeking a team player who can work quickly and efficiently in a high stress environment while maintaining a positive attitude. We treat dogs, cats, pocket pets, exotics, and farm animals. Excellent low stress handling skills are a must! Experience in shelter medicine and/or high quality/high volume spay/neuter surgery is a plus but not a necessity. Rabies vaccinated and EBI certification is a huge plus, but if not, must be willing to do both. Must be computer literate, using Word, Excel, email, internet browsers, and be able to learn and use the PetPoint database program. On the job training and continuing education opportunities available. Starting rate of pay is $12-15/hour and commensurate with experience. Shifts vary depending on the shelter’s needs, and one weekend day is required. Candidates are required to have minimum of two years of consistent vet tech experience and excellent customer service skills. If this sounds like you, please complete the application linked below!

Full-Time Adoption Counselors

Our adoption counselors are the first smiling faces seen by all of our visitors, donors, volunteers, and fosters. Their happy and polite attitude can even be heard over the phone and in the tone of their emails! The adoption team helps educate the public by answering all animal and shelter-related questions, and is responsible for helping introduce families to a new pet, approving and processing all adoptions, providing resources to prevent surrenders, accepting surrendered and stray animals, and helping to reunite lost pets with their owners. Exceptional and compassionate customer service skills, and the ability to effectively multi-task, is essential. Must be computer literate, using Word, Excel, email, internet browsers, and be able to learn and use the PetPoint database program. On the job training and continuing education opportunities available. Starting rate of pay is $10-12/hour and commensurate with experience. Shifts vary depending on the shelter’s needs, and one weekend day is required. Experience with animals and/or sheltering is preferred, but not required. If this sounds like your kinda gig, please complete the application linked below!

Full-Time Animal Care Technicians

Although they try to operate behind the scenes, the results of our animal care techs’ work are seen everywhere. This team is responsible for keeping the kennels and cages clean and tidy, our animals fed and watered, and are often the first to notice if an animal at the shelter might be having a problem. Because they interact with the animals every day, they get to know them very well! Animal care techs help ensure that our animal enrichment protocols are taking place, and work closely with other departments and our volunteers to make sure our shelter pets are happy and healthy during their time with us. Being an animal care tech is a very physically demanding job, but also so rewarding! Experience with handling and caring for animals is required, and these skills will be assessed. Candidates must be computer literate, using Word, Excel, email, internet browsers, and be able to learn and use the PetPoint database program. On the job training and continuing education opportunities available. Starting rate of pay is $10-12/hour and commensurate with experience. Shifts vary depending on the shelter’s needs, and one weekend day is required. If this sounds like your kinda gig, please complete the application linked below!

Fill out an application for employment here.