Feline Behavior Specialist
New York, USA
The Feline Behavior Specialist (the Specialist) works with the Director, Feline Behavior to provide safe, high-quality behavioral support from intake to outcome or discharge, in accordance with organizational protocols. The Specialist will assist with assessments, behavior modification, enrichment and placement recommendations for cats seized by the New York City Police Department or surrendered through the ASPCA’s Community Engagement (CE) Program. The cats from these cases are often severely undersocialized and potentially dangerous; prior experience handling and working with fearful and aggressive animals is required. The Specialist will help develop enrichment/behavior modification protocols for individual animals and coordinate with caretakers to facilitate the delivery of these interventions. The animals may be housed at various locations including the ASPCA Animal Recovery Center (ARC), partner veterinary clinics and boarding kennels.
The Specialist supports, communicates, and collaborates with staff in ARC, CARE, Adoptions, the Animal Hospital (AAH) and Forensics, in order to optimize the health and welfare of animals and, whenever possible, to set them up for success in a new home. The Specialist also provides on-scene support for large scale animal cases and search warrant executions.