Foster Coordinator

Foster · Wildomar, California
Department Foster
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $16.00 / hour

Are you ready to make a profound difference in the lives of thousands of animals and the people that love them every year?

If so, Animal Friends of the Valleys (AFV) is seeking a dynamic and proactive Foster Coordinator to join our amazing non-profit Team!

The ideal candidate will have a strong management and team leadership background; have experience in the animal welfare, animal shelter, animal care or veterinary industry; be able to establish and maintain a strong rapport with foster families; be highly motivated, assertive and self-starting; possess strong clerical and administrative management skills; and be able to maintain a steady process of working with fosters to maintain a firm fostering period timeline and process.

For over 30 years, AFV has been helping animals in need, and we now support our local communities of Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar, Menifee and parts of Riverside County. We provide a safe haven for all animals and provide them quality and affordable care.

Summary of Duties:

Under general supervision of the Executive Director, the Foster Coordinator is responsible for the oversight and management of AFV’s foster program assuring the human care of the shelter animals while in foster care. This position also develops foster caregiver opportunities in the community for sheltered animals.

Essential Functions:

Program Development:

  • Promotes the development of partners for the foster program.
  • Conducts special projects related to community-wide foster/rescue efforts.
  • Coordinates activities that increase chances of animals being fostered, including animal grooming, etc.

Approving of Foster Homes:

  • Recruits, interviews, and screens fosters.
  • Processes incoming applications for Petco cats.
  • Approves Yard Checks via photo submittals.
  • Schedules meetings at the shelter to create the “best fit” for animal and foster family

Program Administration:

  • Works closely with the Director of Animal Care and staff to identify and evaluate animals for placement with foster homes.
  • Assures that all foster volunteers receive the necessary training and support to perform their foster care responsibilities.
  • Serves as main contact for all foster homes; maintains communication with foster families and receives weekly updates.
  • Conducts follow up activities with fosters families, and homes to ensure quality control and compliance with program policies, laws, and achievement of goals.
  • Advises and responds to complex inquiries regarding services, ordinances and procedures related to foster of animals.
  • Schedules foster animals for proper vaccinations and spay/neuter, including the animals going to Petco events.
  • Insures all animals released for foster care have been microchipped and have collars and AFV tags attached to their necks prior to leaving the shelter.
  • Assists health check staff with foster animals.
  • Seeks prior approval from Executive Director when placing an animal with medical problems in a foster home.
  • Updates animal information and maintains individual animal records through database system and internal shelter paperwork; prepares and maintains detailed monthly reports.
  • Protects confidential information in Foster Program.
  • Follows process to assure the availability of and animal entering the Foster Program.
  • Ensures that foster animals are going to adoption shows or are being returned to the shelter for adoption.
  • Prepares paperwork and shelter animals for AFV’s weekly Petco adoption event.
  • Coordinates pick up of animals according to established time frames; transports animals from location to location; prepares and completes documentation; conducts follow-ups and prepares related reports.
  • Assists foster families with items such as food, blankets, bowls for foster animals.
  • Performs related duties and fulfills responsibilities as required.

Other Duties:


  • Supervises program volunteers during Petco adoption events and offsite events.
  • Works cooperatively with all volunteers and recognizes the talent and commitment they bring to the AFV.
  • Works effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures

Qualifications and Certifications and/or Education

  • Previous animal welfare experience
  • Demonstrated experience using MS Office suite, with fluency in Word and Excel
  • Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred
  • Possession of a valid California Class “C” driver’s license, must be insurable to drive a personal or company vehicle
  • Have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Strong Oral communication skills
  • Prior experience and training in animal behavior or animal welfare.

In Addition to Qualifications and Certifications and/or Education:

Knowledge of:

  • AFV policies and protocols, such as but not limited to, adoption, cleaning and medical protocols.
  • Strong project management skills, including ability to balance multiple projects and prioritize effectively
  • Local laws regarding personally owned animals.
  • Knowledge of animal welfare and sheltering, advocacy, dog training, and animal husbandry with a demonstrated ability to safely handle, read, and control animals.
  • Breeds, diseases, medical conditions and animal handling and behaviors.
  • Ability to accurately work with detailed information in paper and electronic format.
  • Experience managing volunteers is preferred.

Ability to:

  • Commit to the mission, values, goals, and success of AFV.
  • Handle animals safely and with patience and gentleness.
  • Be a confident public speaker with the ability to communicate skillfully and effectively with diverse audiences in both oral and written formats.
  • Represent AFV in a professional manner in all situations with the public, volunteers and staff.
  • Develop and implement new initiatives.
  • Ability to relate well with youth and adults; strong interpersonal relationship and alliance building skills
  • Be patient, courteous and work well under stressful conditions.
  • Superior flexibility and adaptability, strong work ethic; demonstrated success working in a fast-paced environment
  • Self-starter, able to initiate and complete tasks, and to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Proven administrative and writing abilities, with a consummate attention to detail
  • Comfortable working in the shelter environment and willing to accommodate animals in the work place
  • Have a positive attitude


Working Conditions:

Environmental Conditions:

  • Work is performed in office, outdoor, animal shelter and pet store locations.

Physical Conditions:

  • Frequent standing, bending, reaching, kneeling, sitting on the floor, walking, and climbing stairs
  • Regularly sits at a computer station and operates electronic equipment
  • Regularly moves about the campus to coordinate work
  • Exposure to disinfectant solutions when cleaning all in accordance to Proposition 65.
  • Frequently lifts, carries, and positions objects weighing up to 50 pounds ( up to 75 lbs. with a buddy) when moving supplies, coordinating events/activities, and cleaning
  • Exposure to extreme heat: Temp above 100 degrees for periods of more than one hour
  • Consistent exposure to animals and animal allergens under conditions with limited alternatives available
  • Subject to animal bites and scratches while handling animals
  • Dexterity and comfort required to hold, harness, and care for a variety of animals

Work Attire:

  • In accordance with AFV dress code policy.

Work Assignment:

  • Available to accommodate a flexible work schedule including weekends, evenings, and some holidays

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  • Location
    Wildomar, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $16.00 / hour