Animal Protection Officer

Job Summary:

This is a semi-skilled position performing manual labor work in the care, maintenance, health, and disposition of animals at Lake City Animal Protection and Resource Center.

Organizational Relationships:

This position is supervised by:                     Animal Protection Supervisor

Responsibilities of the Position:

  • Capture and remove stray, uncontrolled, or abused animals from undesirable conditions, using nets, nooses, or tranquilizer darts as necessary.

  • Euthanize rabid, unclaimed, or severely injured animals.

  • Examine and inspect establishments housing animals for compliance with laws.

  • Examine animals for injuries or malnutrition and arrange for any necessary medical treatment.

  • Investigate reports of animal attacks or animal cruelty, interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence, and writing reports.

  • Issue warnings or citations in connection with animal-related offenses or contact police to report violations and request arrests.

  • Remove captured animals from animal-control service vehicles and place animals in shelter cages or other enclosures.

  • Supply animals with food, water, and personal care.

  • Write reports of activities and maintain files of impoundments and dispositions of animals.

  • Answer inquiries from the public concerning animal control operations.

  • Clean facilities and equipment such as dog pens and animal control trucks.

  • Contact animal owners to inform them that their pets are at animal holding facilities.

  • Educate the public about animal welfare, and animal control laws and regulations.

  • Prepare for prosecutions related to ordinance violations and give evidence in court.

  • Provide direction and supervision to community service workers.

  • Provide guidance, advice and assistance to others on work assignments.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.


  • Ability to speak and communicate clearly and professionally

  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations

  • Knowledge of humane animal care, capture, and restraint

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

  • Ability to read, write and speak English

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating manuals and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.

  • Requires judgement regarding use of equipment, tools or material.


  • Possible exposure to zoonotic diseases / organisms.

  • Exposure to extreme heat / cold in outdoor and kennel settings.

  • Climate controlled office.

  • Exposure to noxious odors and other filth, i.e. animal waste, animal discharges, fur, dander.

  • Possible exposure to hostile people.

Physical Requirements:

The physical requirements may require the employee to:

  • Climb over and/or under obstacles

  • Balance while working with various animals

  • Run

  • Walk for long distances

  • Stand for long periods of time

  • Reach for large hard to handle objects

  • Kneel for long periods of timing

  • Crawl under, over and around obstacles

  • Lift animals or objects up to 100 lbs

Machines and Equipment:

To accomplish the tasks of this position, the employee will be required to use the following machines and equipment:

  • High and normal pressure water hoses

  • Ketch all poles

  • Cat tongs

  • Leashes (latch and noose)

  • Various hand tools

  • Rakes, saws, sharp knives, shovels, rolling kennels (cages)

  • Needles and syringes

  • Sharps containers

  • Knowledge of and administer animal vaccines

  • Protective garments and clothing

  • Computer and associated software

  • Copy machine

  • Telephone, Tablet with applicable software

  • Two-way radio

  • Vehicle (Truck, automobile and van)

  • Various other general office equipment or small tools


  • Ensures that all areas of the Center are maintained in a manner that provides staff, volunteers, clients and animals an environment that is safe, healthy, clean and uncluttered.

  • Ensures staff complies with all safety policies, safe animal handling and OSHA standards.

  • Monitors and ensures disease control guidelines are met.

Work Schedule:

  • Must be available to work weekend shifts and after-hours shifts as scheduled.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalency

  • Valid Florida Drivers License

  • Must clear background screening requirements

  • Must successfully complete Animal Control Officer Course within 6 months of hire.

Contact Us

About Us

Lake City Humane Society, a private nonprofit organization, was formed in late 1964 to address animal welfare issues in our community. There was no animal shelter, and little attention was paid to the hundreds, if not thousands of animals that were picked up off the streets and killed if no one came to claim them.One city employee – the “dog catcher” was hired to catch and dispose of stray and unclaimed dogs in our area.

Lake City Humane Society Provides Animal Services and Pet Adoptions for Columbia County, Florida

1392 NW Shelter Glen

Lake City, FL 32055

Phone: 386-752-3191


Hours of Operation:


Animal Services

Monday-Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Adoption Center:

Tuesday - Friday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Monday & Friday

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tuesday - Thursday:

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Phone: 386-401-1063


© 2020 by Lake City Humane Society. All Rights Reserved Worldwide

A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free within the state. registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

Consumer Services Division: 

Address: 200 E Gaines St, Tallahassee, FL 32399

Phone: (850) 413-3130

Lake city humane society  is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.