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Job Overview: The Humane Police Officer (HSPO) plays a key role in securing the rights of animals and preventing their abuse and suffering. This position investigates reports of animal abuse and neglect in the community while serving as a point person for community outreach, education, and supportive resources. The HSPO is tasked with educating pet owners and ensuring compliance with the law and ensuring standards of health and welfare of animals. The HSPO has police powers as defined by the Pennsylvania HSPO Act (22PA. C. S. A. Chapter 37) to enforce the Cruelty to Animals law found in the PA Crimes Code, Title 18 (see attached). The HSPO should direct his/her efforts to prevent cruelty to animals and, when warranted, rescue animals in danger, in accordance with the law. The HSPO is expected to adhere to procedures defined by the PA State law and with policies defined by Animal Friends’ management. The HSPO is expected to carry out the mission of Animal Friends as part of our community resource efforts and serve as a positive ambassador for the organization in our region.

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To Apply:  Please submit cover letter and resume to Krista Sobecki-Koontz, Humane Investigations Coordinator at KSobecki@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.  No phone calls, please.



  • In concert with the management team, manage all medical care and health management programs for the shelter animals, including those temporarily in foster care, focusing on identification, treatment and prevention of health problems thereby increasing adoptions and decreasing adoption returns.
  • Perform surgical procedures on shelter animals, as needed, (spay/neuter, hernia repair, growth removals, dental extractions).
  • Maintain all established shelter medical standards, such as drug log/security, cleaning protocols, surgical procedures, medical protocols, etc.
  • Ensure that LCSPCA is in compliance with all state and federal laws regarding the practice of shelter veterinary medicine on site.
  • Maintain accurate and complete medical records, including those recorded in the shelter database (including treatments, examinations, test results, surgeries and outcomes) and other records required by local and state laws.
  • Manage medical department operations at LCSPCA, including the preparation of the annual department budget and management of department staff (VTs, VAs, etc).
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director regarding the composition and quantity of all animals brought to the shelter.
  • Ensure all clinic areas are clean and suitable to perform sterile procedures/surgeries.
  • Providing time management for surgeries and post surgical processes.
  • Aid in the decisions of euthanasia for an animal, including performing euthanasia.
  • Ordering and overseeing the accurate and effective ordering of clinic and shelter medical needs such as medication, equipment, medical tests and food.
  • Cooperating collectively with the Education Department to produce educational videos for staff and the community via Facebook, “Shelter House Rocks.”
  • Working collectively with the HSPOs to perform necropsies for cruelty investigation in addition to testifying in court.
  • Working with the Education Department to administer vaccination and microchips at off-site clinics (up to 6 a year)
  • Rotating responsibility in taking the On-call emergency phone; after hours contact with emergency personnel and NVRH to tend to any stray or injured animals.
  • Working with the internal medical team in addition to staff

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To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume by email to thevner@luzernespca.org