o Brief Description: An adoptions counselor works with potential adopters to make the right match for a pet. The counselor will work to screen potential adopters; check references; set up and conduct interviews with potential adopters; coordinate meet and greet sessions between the animal, the family, and other pets; organize and maintain appropriate paperwork regarding adoptions; and will complete the adoption process with approved adopters. There are also management positions in adoptions overseeing all adoption counselors within an organization.
o Approximate Annual Salary: Entry level adoption counselors can expect an average salary of $20,000 while more experienced counselors, and managers, can expect an average of $36,000 per year. This salary will vary based on the size and location of the organization, along with experience and education level.
o Education Requirements: A college degree is not generally required for this position, but often times it can help an individual in the hiring process.
o Course Suggestions: ANSC 250 (Companion Animals in Society), ANSC 305 (Human-Animal Interactions), ANSC 407 (Animal Shelter Management)
o Internship/Volunteer Opportunities: Gaining experience working with animals and in the animal sheltering environment is helpful experience when seeking this career. Try to find a volunteer opportunity at a shelter on your own, or consider applying for an internship with the Champaign County Humane Society, or another animal shelter.
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