Animal Rescue Centre Manager

An Animal Rescue Centre Manager (also known as a rehoming centre manager) is responsible for overseeing all jobs within the centre including ensuring all animals are properly cared for, all legislations are followed and all animals go through the proper process before being rehomed. A centre manager is responsible for the welfare of all staff, volunteers and animals.

In day to day work you may; ensure the centre is compliant with the rules and legislations, ensure a high level of animal welfare is met, support the team, optimise rehoming operations, set budgets and manage finances, review systems and procedures, ensure accurate records are kept, maintain good public relations, ensure employees and trained and mentored to provide an excellent standard of work.

Key Skills Required:

  • Experience in animal handling
  • Significant team management experience
  • Business performance management
  • Budget development
  • Customer care
  • IT skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Key Points to Know:

  • You may be required to work unsociable hours e.g. evenings and weekends
  • Although this is an animal-related job, it is a role best suited to someone who is business-minded with great organisational and management skills.

To be an Animal Rescue Centre Manager you will need to:

Have a full UK driving license and GCSEs at Grade A*-C including Maths and English.

Most employers will request you have a degree in a science or related field. A management qualification will also be beneficial.

Experience within a management role and experience within an animal welfare/ rehoming environment is also very beneficial to your application.

Estimated average salary: £22,000 – £30,000 annually.

As an Animal Rescue Centre Manager, you can anticipate employment in a variety of roles including:

  • Animal shelters
  • Adoption centres
  • Non-profit organisations

Being an Animal Rescue Centre Manager is a role that requires balance between knowledge of animal welfare and being able to effectively run a business (supervising staff, overseeing facility maintenance, dealing with financials, administrative work etc.). You may be able to work your way up to this position but this will likely take a long time, with the required qualifications and experience you’ll be able to apply for advertised roles with confidence.   

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Megan Richards