People can typically get jobs in animal shelters as animal caregivers, which are also known as animal caretakers. Animal caregivers are usually required to have some training or prior experience caring for shelter animals. The main responsibilities of animal caregivers working in animal shelters are to feed the animals according to their dietary requirements and keep their living quarters clean. Animal caregivers also bathe and groom the animals.
In shelters, animal caregivers are typically required to exercise the animals. They play with them and help walk the dogs. Animal shelters require their animal caregivers to pet and interact with the animals in a loving way to accustom them to humans and prepare them for adoption. At times, animal caregivers are required to administer medication to the animals or give them medicinal baths at the request of a veterinarian, but veterinarians handle the majority of the animals' medical needs.
When animals first arrive at a shelter, the animal caregivers take photographs of them and make records of their physical characteristics. If animals go unclaimed and need to be adopted out, the animal caregivers create profiles for them, highlighting their positive attributes. The profiles are then added to the website of the shelter to which the animal belongs.