About HHS


The Houston Humane Society is searching for energetic, compassionate and dedicated people to join our efforts in ending the cruelty, abuse and overpopulation of animals.  We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive package of benefits to full time employees.


Current Job Openings

Director of Development

Houston Humane Society (HHS), serving the greater Houston/ Harris County area of Texas for 63 years, is dedicated to eliminating cruelty, abuse and the overpopulation of animals.  Serving more than 30,000 animals yearly, HHS’s 37 acre campus includes an animal shelter, adoption center, wellness and surgical clinic and facilities for large animals and rescued livestock.  HHS seeks a strategic and experienced Director of Development to lead HHS efforts to achieve annual contributed income goals from individuals, foundations and corporations. Reporting to the Executive Director the Director will build and lead a team to develop and execute HHS’s fundraising strategy. The Director of Development will be a key member of the Executive Team.  HHS is looking for an exceptional fundraiser, relationship builder, communicator and team leader.
The Director of Development will be responsible for the following, in addition to any other project as assigned by the Executive Director:
Strategy & Reporting:
  • Design and lead the long-term revenue generation strategy for HHS to increase contributed revenue from individual donors, foundations and corporations and events from 20% to 30% over the course of three years. 
  • Work closely with the Finance team on all reporting.
  • Build the fundraising strategy for individuals, foundations and corporations and a team to implement it. Manage relationship with direct mail contractor and development team to work collaboratively on reaching revenue goals.
  • Serve as the relationship manager for existing individual donors and prospects. Lead the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of these critical donors and guide the Executive Director’s fundraising activities.
  • Lead the team in researching new prospects, developing proposals, reports, end of year mailing campaigns, events and all necessary activities to secure the revenue. 
Board of Directors:
  • Manage the Board of Directors’ philanthropic giving, partner with the Executive Director, Board President and members to strengthen volunteer-led fundraising activities and work closely with the Board President and the Nominating Committee to build a pipeline of candidates for Board of Directors and other volunteer leadership opportunities. 
  • Partner with Executive Director, Board President and members to deploy them in service of meeting fundraising goals.
Revenue Management:
  • Ensure clear, accurate, and consistent reporting and communication between the Finance and Development departments, reviewing and tracking annual and long-term income and expenditure budgets.
  • Work with Finance Department on building program budgets and other financial documents required for grant submission.
  • Ensure accurate tracking and reporting of restricted gifts.
  • Work with Executive Director in the preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual reports and financial analyses for the Executive Team and for presentation to the Board of Directors on progress toward financial goals.
Team Management & Leadership
  • Manage, coach and support the development team members by providing expertise about major giving, sponsorships and events and create ongoing learning opportunities to grow and motivate the team. 
  • Partner with Executive Team, department leaders, Board of Directors, and program staff to cultivate a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization.
  • Encourage a culture of high performance, including monitoring staff progress in achieving development goals, providing regular performance feedback, supporting career development opportunities, fostering a collaborative environment and facilitating a healthy work/life balance.
Qualifications, Skills and Expectations:  
  • A love of animals and a passion for the mission
  • A creative and critical thinker with the ability to detect, analyze and solve problems
  • Minimum 8 years fundraising experience, with at least 3 years successfully managing a development team. Capital campaign experience a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, business management, public relations or related field required
  • Excellent organizational skills with a proven ability to prioritize work, manage time and multiple priorities, and meet deadlines with attention to detail and accuracy while maintaining a positive and professional attitude
  • Proven experience in cultivating major donors and securing gifts of $25,000 plus from individual donors, corporations and foundations 
  • Proven experience in motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing the performance of a team in building a donor pipeline
  • Experience working with and managing direct mail contractor
  • Outstanding communication skills and track record of building professional, cooperative relationships with colleagues
  • The highest levels of personal and professional integrity and confidentiality; a commitment to the privacy of donors
Commensurate with experience:  range $100,000 to $125,000
Please submit cover letter and resume to kgordon@houstonhumane.org

Assistant Medical Director

The purpose of this position is to serve as Assistant Medical Director at Houston Humane Society and to set standards of care and medical protocol for activities specific to the clinic. The Assistant Medical Director will assist the Medical Director with coordinating roles of the doctors within the clinic and work with them to develop new services and modify or create SOP’s to improve customer service patient’s care.
Assistant Medical Director works under the direction of the Medical Director.  Works in conjunction with the Clinic Operations Manager and Veterinary Technician Supervisor.  Medical Directors will recognize non-routine or unusual situations and refer them to the clinic operations manager with recommended solutions.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Promote the humane care and treatment of animals at all times, both general public and HHS residents.
  • All duties of a DVM as sanctioned by Texas state law.
  • Assist the Medical Director with assisting the associate veterinarians with completing exams, surgeries, and recommend treatment protocol for patients of HHS according to the guidelines for standards of care in animal shelters. Directs associate veterinarians in roles to best handle clinic daily work flow.
  • Assists with supervising, evaluating and instructing Veterinarians and Veterinary Technician in field diagnosis and treatment for diseases and injuries to animals. 
  • Assist the Medical Director with planning, designing, and implementing animal health quality improvement activities.
  • Assist the Medical Director with developing, reviewing, and/or updating standing orders, animal health care protocols and division policies and procedures as required.
  • Set SOPs for the clinic when multiple methods are available for performing one activity.
  • Enforce safety practices and OSHA standards and reports violations to Clinical Operations Manager when infractions occur.
  • Receive and evaluate requests from associate veterinarians for new pharmaceuticals and equipment and submit such requests to the Medical Director and Clinic Ops Manager.
  • Provide guidance on methods and procedures for reducing the incidence of animal diseases and public health concerns.
  • Plan and conduct continuing animal health education.
  • Assist the Medical Director with overall strategic plan for the clinic operations and profitability with input from veterinarians, staff and management
All other duties that arise in the course of daily operations
Qualifications & Skills:
  • Requires a Doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine.  Must be licensed by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medicine.  License must also include DPS and FDA controlled substance licensure.
  • Maintains current DVM license in good standing.
  • Knowledge of Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters.
  • Strong client service skills.
  • Strong leadership, communication and motivations skills. Has the ability to direct, guide and assist a group of individuals. Bilingual Spanish language skills both written and spoken preferred, but not necessary.
  • Ability to stand, walk, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl more than 2/3 of the day.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs more than 2/3 of the day, sometimes up to 100 lbs with assistance.                        
  • Ability to effectively use all available resources to provide the best patient care as well as ensure the profitability of the practice
  • Ability to communicate well, provide strong leadership and motivation to direct, guide and assist a group of individuals including effectively solving problems, setting performance standards and monitoring performance
  • Strong communication and client service skills. Considerable tact and diplomacy is required. Ability to greet clients in a professional, friendly, hospitable manner
  • Regular attendance and timeliness are essential
  • Ability to plan and organize all veterinary administration and personnel activities
  • Oversee the preparation, maintenance and disposition of required veterinary records and other correspondence
  • Market the practice as necessary to initiate new programs and educate clients of services available
To be considered, please send your resume and cover letter to kgordon@houstonhumane.org

Staff Veterinarian

The Houston Humane Society is looking for an experienced DVM to join our team. Work in a well-equipped spay/neuter clinic with highly skilled staff.  Must be available for high-volume spay/neuter work and capable of performing surgeries daily. Assisting with exams, diagnostics, lab work, administering vaccines, and medical treatments for general public and sheltered animals will be included.  Exotic and large animal experience preferred but not required.
Must be a positive, energetic team player capable of thriving in a fast-paced environment. Strong work ethic and commitment to our mission to end pet overpopulation is paramount. Candidate must possess a DVM/VMD degree and be licensed to practice in Texas and also procure DEA license. Candidate must be able to work weekends. We offer excellent support staff, clean, well equipped facilities and competitive wages. Become part of our highly successful spay/neuter team!
Duties include but not limited to
  • All duties of a DVM as sanctioned by Texas state law.
  • Promotes health of animals by advising animal owners about sanitation measures, feeding and general care.
  • Determines nature of disease or injury by examining pets; examining small, large animals.
  • Perform surgical procedures and provides anesthesia services.
  • Orders and evaluates laboratory tests.
  • Provides training of personnel and volunteers in areas such as animal care and nutrition, breeding, and housing and environment; teaches techniques for handling animals with a broad range of temperaments and about restraint requirements.
  • Conducts necropsy to determine cause of animal death. Analyzes findings and formulates recommendations to prevent future disease or injury. 
  • Prepares and maintains appropriate records.
  • Plans and conducts continuing animal health education.
  • Oversee intake, ACU (Animal Crimes Unit), animal seizures, and shelter animal husbandry needs/surgery
  • Coordinate with rescue groups, Task Force, partners and Foster Coordinator
  • All other duties that arise in the course of daily operations.
  • Requires a Doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine. Must be licensed by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medicine.  License must also include DPS and FDA controlled substance licensure.
  • Maintain current DVM license in good standing.
  • Knowledge of Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters
  • Strong client service skills.
  • Strong leadership, communication and motivations skills. Has the ability to direct, guide and assist a group of individuals. Bilingual Spanish language skills both written and spoken preferred, but not necessary.
To be considered, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@houstonhumane.org.

Full Time Animal Caretakers - Cleaning
The Houston Humane Society is seeking individuals to work in the inside animal clinic areas. Applicants must be willing to perform daily cleaning of the animal housing areas. This includes, but is not limited to; moving animals so that rooms and kennels can be cleaned, removing waste, cleaning, disinfecting, and drying each room and kennel, providing food and water, replacing bedding, and moving animals back into their room or kennel. Applicants must also perform janitorial duties, removing trash, laundry, sweeping, and moping. Applicants must be able to handle and restrain dogs, cats, and small mammals so previous experience working with animals is preferred but not required.
To be considered, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@houstonhumane.org.

Volunteer Coordinator
The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for developing, supervising, maintaining and implementing the HHS volunteer program. The volunteer program will provide a supplementary workforce to the HHS through the use of corporate, academic, community, and individual volunteers. The position’s goal is to significantly scale up the HHS’s volunteer base. This position’s success should ultimately result in an increase of volunteers with a deeper engagement and commitment to HHS.
Duties include but not limited to:
  • Recruit, educate, and train volunteers to provide a strong and supportive resource for HHS programs and special events.
  • Hold volunteer orientations regularly to ensure that volunteers are adequately trained and knowledgeable in the duties they perform.
  • Solicit and coordinate corporate volunteer activities.
  • Coordinate, direct and manage the activities of volunteers.
  • Try to ensure that there is an adequate number of volunteers to fill the requests of staff. E.g. Daily dog walkers, clinic recovery, mobile adoptions, summer camp, rescue/transports and special events inside and outside of the shelter.
  • Develop and maintain volunteer procedures as needed and requested.
  • Create reports on volunteer activities and hours.
  • Give volunteer outreach presentations to groups on request.
  • Minimum High School Diploma or GED, Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in managing and coordinating the activities of large groups of people, particularly volunteer groups and programs.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Requires excellent written and oral communication skills.  Fluency in English is required. Spanish is a plus.
  • Comfortable in presenting volunteer orientation and training classes to large groups as well as presentations to outside groups as needed.
  • Have strong organizational skills, including managing numerous activities and projects simultaneously.
  • Comfortable handling many kinds of animals, lifting up to 50 lbs, and educating volunteers on; the correct methods of safely handling, leashing and walking dogs; safely handling cats, rabbits or other types of animals.
  • Able to work flexible hours, which will include weekends, evenings, and holidays as needed.
To be considered, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@houstonhumane.org.

Mobile Adoptions Coordinator
It is the responsibility of the Mobile Adoptions Coordinator to; coordinate, organize, prepare and operate Houston Humane Society’s Mobile Adoption Program; adopt animals and bring public awareness about the Houston Humane Society, its programs, and services.
Daily duties include, but are not limited to, screening potential pet adopters, reviewing applications, filing paperwork, educating adopters about their pet’s needs, and driving to events. A valid driver’s license, animal experience, organizational and computer skills, and strong customer service is required. Being bilingual is a plus. Candidate must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and work weekends. The pay rate is based on experience.
To be considered, please send your resume and cover letter to kgordon@houstonhumane.org.

Animal Behavior and Enrichment Coordinator
This role is responsible for developing and implementing plans to address behavioral health care needs of animals in the Houston Humane Society care including training and oversight of staff and volunteers to carry out behavior training.
Duties include but not limited to
  • Collaborating with the sheltering and operations team on animal behavior and enrichment needs
  • Facilitating implementation of behavior modification and/or management plans
  • Providing formal and informal behavior evaluations or observations and documenting behaviors to aid in placement and behavior management
  • Write specifications and maintain working knowledge of shelter animal behavior best practices and contributing to HHS mission
  • Develop and implement plans and procedures for shelter pets with behavioral challenges i.e. cruelty survivors to prospective adopters and or fosters
  • Develop and present content related to animal behavior and sheltering both internally and externally
  • Collaborate with the Humane Education team in developing and presenting content for the public i.e. social media, media and internal projects
  • Develop low cost behavior programs for public i.e. adopters
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned
  • 1-2 years of experience in training dogs
  • Knowledge and understanding of dogs, dog’s behavior, and individual breed characteristics
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • A passion for animals and their care, cheerful, friendly, positive team-oriented attitude
  • Demonstrated ability in handling multiple priorities, project management and meeting deadlines; strong planning and organizational skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays
  • Ability to lift up to 60lbs.
To be considered, please send your resume to jobs@houstonhumane.org.

Veterinary Technician

Full-time Veterinary Technician needed for a fast paced wellness clinic. Duties include, but are not limited to helping provide medical services to community animals; assist with examinations, vaccinations, testing and other preventative medical care to patients; to assist the veterinarian examine and provide treatment for animals that have been scheduled for health issues of injuries; assist the surgery technicians when needed; medicate and provide prescribed treatments for shelter animals.

All applicants must be dependable and hardworking. Clinic and Shelter experience will be a plus. Will need to have computer skills and able to handle customer service for this busy clinic. Candidate must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, and work weekends and holidays.

To be considered, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@houstonhumane.org.


Intake Coordinator
The purpose of the Animal Intake Coordinator is to ensure that all duties required in the Intake Department are performed in an efficient and timely manner, to accept animals surrendered to Houston Humane Society and manage the number of animals accepted each day to ensure all animals can be humanely housed and receive the best possible care, to educate the public about HHS’s surrender policies, and to project a professional, courteous and compassionate manner toward the public.
Duties include but not limited to:
  • Set up appointments and assist people who are surrendering their pet(s): Explain Intake procedures, and refer to other agencies if necessary.
  • Maintain paperwork files.
  • Check emails and phone calls.
  • Maintain the Wait List donor base, and update the status of each animal.
  • Maintain Lost and Found communications working toward connecting lost animals with their owners.
  • Closeout and balance transactions with cash/credit cards daily.
  • Other duties as deemed necessary.
Qualifications & Skills:
  • Must have a minimum High School Diploma or GED. 
  • Able to fluently speak, read, and write English and have experience entering information into computer programs. Able to speak Spanish is preferred but not required.
  • Able to work in an environment that can be emotionally, mentally, and physically demanding.
  • Must have good customer service skills and maintain a professional manner when interacting with the public, volunteers, and other employees.
  • Must be able to perform basic computer skills.
  • Willing and able to handle a variety of animals including animals that have different reactions to new environments, in a safe, humane, and skillful manner.
  • Willing and able to handle animals (up to 50 lbs).
To be considered, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@houstonhumane.org.

Clinic Receptionist

Are you great with both people and pets? Then this is the perfect job for you! We are looking for a Full-time Clinic Receptionist who is able to multi-task, enjoy a fast-paced, high-volume environment, maintain a positive outlook, has a strong work ethic, and able to work alone or with a team.
Duties include but not limited to:
  • Greeting clients and their pets
  • Checking in/out clients
  • Invoicing
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Answering general questions
  • Oversee cleanliness and orderliness of front desk and lobby
Job Requirements:
  • Clinic and Shelter experience is preferred
  • Bilingual is preferred
  • High School Diploma or equivalent, some college preferred
  • A minimum of 1-year experience in a clinic and/or shelter environment with customer interface is highly preferred
  • Candidate must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and work weekends
  • Intermediate to advance computer use and data entry skills
To be considered, please send your resume to jobs@houstonhumane.org.

Call Center Representative
It is the responsibility of the receptionists in the Call Center to; answer all calls that come into the Houston Humane society mainline in a professional and courteous manner; answer questions and provide information to callers; schedule surgery appointments; transfer callers to the appropriate department or individuals based on their inquiries; check voicemails; and assist callers in any manner deemed necessary to project a professional, caring and efficient image of the Houston Humane Society.
Duties include but not limited to:
  • Answer live phone calls in a professional and efficient manner.
  • Schedule callers for surgery and other services requested.
  • Direct incoming calls to the proper department or individuals within the organization.
  • Check voicemail boxes and return calls when needed.
  • Check email and disperse to the proper department or individuals.
  • Work independently to prioritize and complete assigned tasks.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the supervisor.
To be considered, please send your resume to jobs@houstonhumane.org.


Current Internship Opportunities

Humane Education Internship

12 months – January 2022 – December 2022, average 8 hours/ week excluding camp programs. 
The Houston Humane Society is dedicated to, and working towards, ending cruelty, abuse and the overpopulation of animals while providing the highest quality of life to those brought to us for care. HHS has been serving the greater Houston area for over 50 years. HHS is a non-profit organization and is supported by 100% donations. The Education Department consists of the Education and Community Outreach Coordinator and many volunteers and interns. We work to bring quality humane education to schools, community organizations, and events. Our main programs are our Camp Pawsome which takes place over all school breaks, and our Teen Leadership Program which is a monthly program. HHS is looking for a motivated intern for an internship to temporarily assist the Education & Community Outreach Coordinator. The various missions that will be entrusted to the intern will give them the opportunity to better understand animal welfare, education, and animal science, and a chance to get familiar with a local nonprofit organization. 

Positioning and reporting
The intern will be under the supervision of the Education & Community Outreach Coordinator and in collaboration with relevant staff within the department and across other HHS departments.


Internship role and activities
The Intern will participate in the following activities:

  • Develop, plan, and implement various education programs for adults and children. 
  • Administrative support of programming.
  • Recruitment of Education program volunteers and participants. 
  • Training and supervision of camp volunteers during camp sessions.
  • Upon completion of the internship, the intern will provide a final report summarizing activities undertaken and follow-up actions required. 

Required Skills and Education
At least 18 years old and enrolled in or recently graduated college. 


Technical skills

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal).
  • Comfortable working indoors and outdoors.
  • Comfortable working with all types of animals: cats, small dogs, large dogs, small mammals, reptiles, wildlife, horses, pigs, etc. 
  • Must be able to lift / carry up to 50 pounds.


Behavioral Competencies

  • Genuinely curious and engage in the work and mission of Houston Humane Society. 
  • Courtesy and ability to establish and maintain good working relations in a professional environment.
  • ‘Can do’ attitude and ability to work within short deadlines.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team. Adaptable and flexible.
  • Comfortable speaking in public and engaging with strangers.
  • Ability to work independently after sufficient training and experience.


Additional language skills
Spanish is an asset


General Information
This is an unpaid internship and will require both in person and remote work. Upon completion of the internship, HHS will provide a certificate of completion to the intern for reporting purposes. HHS places high value on a multicultural and positive work environment. HHS is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications of all qualified candidates, irrespective of their ethnic origin, gender, opinions, or beliefs. If you are interested in this internship, please send a cover letter and resume to CHAMILTON@HoustonHumane.org.  


The Houston Humane Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.