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Adoption Coordinator

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Organization: Animal Place is a nonprofit sanctuary for farmed animals and an education/advocacy organization. It operates two shelters in northern California. Its headquarters is located on 600-acres in Grass Valley, (60 miles north of Sacramento) with a Rescue & Adoption Center in Petaluma. This position will be working out of the Petaluma site.

Position Objectives: To find permanent placement for hens rescued from the egg industry, various other farmed animals, and dogs. To expand and maintain adoption outreach and database. Assist with animal care duties as necessary. Travel and host adoption events, as needed. 

Job Title: Adoption Coordinator

Job Status: Full-time, Live-in optional, Petaluma, CA

Reports to: Animal Care and Property Manager

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Secure placement for adoptable animals
  • Screen adoption applicants
  • Interview potential adopters
  • Perform site inspections, as needed
  • Outreach and engagement with animal shelters to grow Flock Partner program
  • Communicate with all potential & approved adopters
  • Maintain adopter database
  • Coordinate adoptions onsite and offsite
  • Coordinate and run adoption events
  • Coordinate transport of animals as needed
  • Develop and keep adoption ads/sites up to date
  • Collaborate with programs department to advertise adoption events accordingly
  • Assist with placement of farmed animals not in Animal Place custody
  • Monitor California shelters for farmed animals needing placement
  • Communicate with partnering shelters and sanctuaries
  • Assist with various animal care duties as needed including barn cleaning, feeding, opening and closing of barns, declumping, and administering medications 
  • Assist Animal Care and Property Manager as needed

Additional Live-in responsibilities include: Being on-call 3-4 times a week and assisting with after-hour emergencies


  • Strong communication skills
  • Volunteer or employment work in adoption management preferred
  • Strong people skills
  • Comfortable communicating on the phone
  • Enjoys interacting with the public
  • Comfortable managing sensitive situations, including declining prospective adopters
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Experience and familiarity with Google Drive
  • Comfortable and confident working collaboratively in a group setting and individually
  • Comfortable working remotely or in an office setting
  • Flexible schedule, including working adoption events on weekends
  • Skilled at managing multiple projects and meeting deadlines
  • Comfortable handling or learning to handle chickens, sheep, goats, and other farmed animals.
  • Strong interest in promoting veganism and animal rights, specifically farmed animals

Salary: $15-16/hr depending on experience.

Optional housing is a one bedroom, one bathroom cottage. Single occupancy only. Companion animals subject to approval.

How to apply: Send resume and cover letter to humanresources@animalplace.org with Adoption Coordinator in subject line.

6 Responses so far.

  1. I previously worked as a vet assistant and currently work as a veterinary compounding pharmacy technician, making custom medications for animal use. I’ve been vegan for 5 years and have 2 rescue cats of my own. I’d love the opportunity to work with your company.

  2. Olivia Chaaban says:

    I am excited to have applied for this position. I just wanted to send a note letting you know my interest!

  3. Jessica Campos says:

    This sounds like a dream… i live in san Bernardino county and would love a live-in opportunity. Im applying tomorrow as i dont have a computer but will use community computers.

  4. Janine Cobb says:

    I have always been interested in helping animals. I do not have a medical degree.
    I am looking to change my career and couldn’t think of a better way to start that process.
    Thank you