So I just applied to be an animal control officer! Like the ones you see on Animal Planet. I'm so excited, the pay kind of sucks$28 to start but I'm so excited. I doubt the future hubbie will be as excited as me but this is what I want to do.
--side note: where is a good place to fax things? staples is like $1.25 a page and then $1 a page after that, I mean come on!!!
If you are in a big city, it might be something like you would see on Animal Planet. I've worked animal control in two different cities, one in Florida and one in Nebraska. Neither one of those were any near as glamorous as what you watch on TV. Don't get me wrong, those were still the most rewarding jobs that I have ever worked. There is a great feeling that you get when you pick up that mangy mutt in the middle of the highway, take it back, get it groomed, defleaed, etc. and then see it find a new home. Unfortunately, if you live in a small town and don't have a vet on staff, the ACO's are typically the ones that have to euthanize these same animals. Now that's just heartbreaking. :( Also if you are working in a smaller town, you are on your own and not partnered up like you see on TV. It gets really intimidating to go into a bad part of town to do a welfare check and have to knock on the door and tell these people that you are impounding their pet because they are not taking care of it right. One of my fellow ACO's had a gun pulled on her in a similiar situation. Not really fair when all we are armed with is pepper spray... Also if you don't have a vet on staff, you will be responsible for sending off rabies observations for testing. I don't know if you know how this is done, but it was by far the grossest part of the job!
Anyway to summarize: I would never NOT recommend this job to anyone. It was the best job that I have ever had (in both states). I would do it again in a heartbeat if given the opportunity. I just wanted to make people aware of some of the realities that you would be facing if you are in a smaller town with a shelter that does not have a vet on staff or one that does not give you full police powers. Good Luck!!!!
THANK YOU sooooo much gr8danzgirl!!!! I really appreciate your feedback! Would you be willing to chat more about it? if you give me your email address....
I'm living in Richmond, VA (Anyone else in the area? ) So it is a large area but its for Chesterfield County and I really really want this job. I understand its NOT glamorus but I really want it.
I called AGAIN to ask about it and I have to wait 4-6 (first person said) or 6-8 weeks!!!! I can't wait that long! They have 2 positions open and I reallly want it. I think I will wait and see but still apply for others jobs and quit if I have the chance for this. This is my dream job. A side from being a vet or vet tech, but right now going back to school is out of the option.
This sucks, I"m not a patient person when it comes to stuff like this, I'm going to call back in a week :-P it closes on October 12th so I guess I will see. I didn't put that I have voulunteered at a shelter before on there. Dang it! Sigh.
Good luck. On one hand I would love to have a job like that where I would help animals, but on another I wouldn't last long as I would probably get beat up, arrested and fired all in the same week of starting once I had to deal with some buthole who was guilty, or at least sure appeared to be to me, of animal cruelty.
The animal control officer in my area recently had to remove a 6' snake that wrapped itself around something on the bottom of a car parked right on a city street. Sorry, but you couldn't pay me enough to work under a car along the main street trying to remove a snake that doesn't want to be messed with!