Careers Career Paths What Does an Animal Shelter Manager Do? Learn About the Salary, Required Skills, & More Share PINTEREST Email Print The Balance / Emilie Dunphy Career Paths Animal Careers Technology Careers Sports Careers Sales Project Management Professional Writer Music Careers Media Legal Careers US Military Careers Government Careers Finance Careers Fiction Writing Careers Entertainment Careers Criminology Careers Book Publishing Aviation Advertising Learn More Table of Contents Expand Duties & Responsibilities Animal Shelter Manager Salary Education & Qualifications Skills & Competencies Job Outlook Work Environment Work Schedule Comparing Similar Jobs By Mary Hope Kramer Mary Hope Kramer Executive Office Manager/Animal Industry Writer Berry College Mary Hope Kramer works in the equine industry and has a passion for careers in the animal industry. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 07/22/19 Animal shelter managers are responsible for ensuring the humane treatment of animals that are living in the shelter, overseeing facility maintenance, and supervising shelter staff. People in this line of work may find positions with animal shelters, humane societies, animal rescues, and other nonprofit animal welfare organizations. Animal Shelter Manager Duties & Responsibilities This job generally requires the ability to do the following: Ensuring animals in the shelter have everything they needSupervising and leading shelter employeesDeveloping operational proceduresSeeking additional sources of fundingPromoting and organizing adoption eventsOrganizing donations and interacting with donorsOrdering suppliesGiving tours of the shelterRepresenting the shelter at community eventsCreating and maintaining budgetsPreparing reports and paperwork Animal shelter managers supervise all animal shelter employees including animal control officers, kennel workers, pet adoption counselors, humane educators, veterinarians, and volunteers. They also are tasked with ensuring that animals are treated humanely and that the facilities are maintained and upgraded properly. Animal Shelter Manager Salary The salary that an animal shelter manager earns can vary based on a variety of factors such as their specific responsibilities, years of experience, educational background, and the region in which the position is located. Most animal shelter manager positions do not offer particularly high salaries, but those who follow animal rescue career paths tend to be willing to sacrifice some earning potential for the prospect of being able to help animals in need. Median Annual Salary: $35,975Top 10% Annual Salary: $51,000Bottom 10% Annual Salary: $25,000 Source: PayScale, 2019 Education Requirements & Qualifications Education: A college degree in business administration, animal science, or a closely related field is generally desired for most animal shelter manager positions.Experience: Experience working with animals (particularly in a shelter environment) is a big plus. Several years of experience in a managerial role is also usually a prerequisite, ideally completed with work at an animal nonprofit or rescue organization. Animal Shelter Manager Skills & Competencies There are certain qualities and skills you need to be effective in this field: Compassion: Love of animals and kindness toward them and their helpers, fosters, and potential owners is a must for this type of position.Physical stamina: When working directly with animals, shelter managers may need to kneel, crawl, bend, and be on their feet.Communication skills: Shelter managers must interact regularly with staff members and the public about adoption and fundraising events, as well as the needs of the animals.Financial management skills: Shelter managers must oversee a budget and plan fundraising initiatives.Comfort with tech: Since they will largely be concerned with administrative duties, animal shelter managers should have solid computer skills including familiarity with using popular record keeping and word processing programs (Microsoft Word, Excel, and database management software). Job Outlook According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), more than 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters in the U.S. each year, and that number continues to grow. It is expected that more positions will be created for animal shelter managers each year as more shelters are built and populated to serve the needs of various communities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that overall employment of animal care and service workers, in general, will grow 22 percent through 2026, which is much faster than the 7 percent rate of growth for all occupations during the same period. Work Environment People in this role must be able to handle chaotic environments and situations that could cause stress. The kennel area in a shelter is often loud with unpleasant odors, and the animals often come from disturbing situations in which they were harmed or neglected. Though they primarily work in an administrative role, animal shelter managers may also come into direct contact with animals while assisting their staff from time to time. While handling animals, animal shelter staff must be careful to take adequate safety precautions with animals that may be dealing with trauma from prior neglect or being in an unfamiliar environment. Work Schedule Animal shelter managers primarily work routine office hours but some evening and weekend hours may be necessary depending on the shelter’s operating schedule. Comparing Similar Jobs People who are interested in becoming animal shelter managers may also be interested in the following careers: Veterinarian: $90,420Veterinary technician: $33,400Zoologist and wildlife biologist: $62,290Farmer, rancher, or other agricultural managers: $69,620 Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics How to Get the Job Go to School A degree in business administration or an animal-related science can give you a competitive advantage. Build Experience Contact your local shelter or search websites such as BestFriends.org to find volunteer opportunities in your area. Apply Find opportunities through sites like Indeed or Simply Hired.