Animal Care Steward

  • Chicago, IL
  • Full-time

Company Description

Since the Middle Ages, a red door has been the symbol of a safe haven. This is what Red Door Animal Shelter provides for the animals in its care.  Red Door's mission is to promote respect for all animals through education, shelter, rehabilitation, and adoption.  We provide a no-kill, cageless environment for animals in our care and provide permanent, loving residence for those few animals who don't find their forever homes.  We are one of only five no-kill, multi-species shelters in the country that admits rabbits as well as cats and dogs, spays/neuters them and places them up for adoption.  We also regularly help rescue domestic chickens and ducks.

Every year, Red Door rescues and finds homes for hundreds of abused and abandoned animals. Red Door is a 501(c)(3) organization. We receive no federal, state, county or city money. We are funded by private donations and grants from private foundations.


Red Door houses cats, rabbits, and our occasional chicken & duck friends on-site at the shelter.  All dogs are kept in foster homes off-site.

Job Description

An Animal Care Steward is responsible for the day-to-day care of the shelter animals and cleaning of the shelter, as defined by policies determined by the shelter’s manager and Board of Directors. Main job responsibilites include cleaning animal areas, administering food and medications, and transporting animals to and from vet appointments.  All applicants must have an insured car and a valid driver’s license.  Given that we are a small organization with limited resources, we expect all animal care stewards to be courteous, helpful and respectful to fellow staff, volunteers, and visitors; have attention to detail; the ability to learn and adjust to procedure changes quickly; and good communication skills. 


This is a full-time, paid position eligible for Health/Dental Benefits; Paid Holidays, Vacations, and Sick Leave; Casual Dress. 


Job Functions

  • Clean animal areas – including bedding, food/water bowls, and litterboxes
  • Feed animals
  • Administer medications
  • Drive animals to and from vet appointments
  • Unload and organize food and supply deliveries
  • Laundry
  • Keep the shelter clean and organized
  • Clearly communicate questions and concerns to shelter management
  • Past experience with rabbits or other small, exotic mammals a plus



  • Insured car and a valid driver's license
  • Prior experience working with animals in a professional setting
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Live within reasonable driving distance

Additional Information

NOTE:  This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.


Red Door Animal Shelter is an Equal Opportunity Employer.