Cover letter for an animal shelter(5 samples)

This article will list samples of cover letters for an animal shelter.

Samples of animal shelter cover letters

When applying for a position at the animal shelter, your cover letter is an opportunity for you to tell your story, without being stuck in the formatting constraints of the resume. The best format for writing a cover letter is as follows:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the recipient’s name, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position. Write a paragraph about why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
  • State your skills and work experience. Ensure your skills and experiences are similar to the job position. When highlighting skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for an animal shelter”

“Patricia Dinklage

Company Name

City, State


RE: Animal Shelter Volunteer Job Listing at SavShop

Dear Ms. Dinklage,

The attached resume details my extensive experience and training. If you choose to interview and hire me, you will not be disappointed.

My current experience working as an Animal Shelter Volunteer for Hairy Home Companion has reinforced my skill at lovingly caring for dogs in a shelter setting and helping them find suitable homes. I have an excellent track record of mentoring and training new staff, and managing troubled and resistant animals. I love all animals and welcome the challenge of watching them improve under proper care.

My ten years expertise in dog handling, and my coursework in Animal Psychology make me a great addition to your team.

I have attached my resume for your review and I look forward to speaking with you further regarding your available position.


Tia Petersen”

Sample 2: “Cover letter for an animal shelter”

“Dear Ms. Mary Frazier,

Due to my love of animals and my desire to help teach others how to care for them properly, I would like to apply as an Animal Shelter Volunteer with Boone Area Humane Society to help your facility care for these animals.

My goal is to become a Veterinarian but in the meantime, while I continue my studies, I want to help in any way that I can. Volunteering with your shelter will give me a chance to help animals in need and it will help me pursue my career by allowing me to have hands on experience working directly with the animals.

I am a hard worker and dedicated to my commitments. I go to classes during the day until noon but I can work evenings, nights and weekends. I am really good with animals and I enjoy caring for them. I do not mind cleaning cages and I enjoy grooming and feeding the animals.

I have a general knowledge of computers and great interpersonal skills, so I can fill any position that would benefit you the most and I am flexible enough to switch jobs when needed.

I can follow directions and work with others to provide the best care for these animals. I would also enjoy escorting possible adoptees to the viewing area, while providing them with information that can help match them to the perfect pet.

I sincerely hope that you will consider my resume for this position. Please call (555)-555-5555 to arrange a meeting so we can discuss how I can be a great asset to your shelter in more detail.


Jack Marinez

Jack Marinez

Resume Attached as MS Word Document’

Sample 3: “Cover letter for an animal shelter”

“Dear hiring manager,

I am writing to express my interest in the animal shelter manager position that you have posted. I believe that my experience as an animal shelter manager, coupled with my education and training, make me a strong candidate for this position.

I have been working in the animal care industry for over 10 years. My first job was at the Humane Society of New York where I worked as a kennel attendant. I learned how to care for animals of all shapes and sizes, from puppies to senior dogs to cats and even rabbits. I also learned how to work with volunteers and foster families to ensure that the animals were well cared for while they were in our care.

In 2004, I moved to Florida and took a job as an animal shelter manager at the Animal Rescue League of Tampa Bay. I was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the shelter’s operations including adoptions, volunteer programs, fundraising events, and more. I also managed a staff of six full-time employees and two part-time employees.

I left my position at the Animal Rescue League of Tampa Bay in 2007 when I accepted a position as an animal control officer for Hillsborough County. In this role, I was responsible for enforcing local animal ordinances and educating the public about pet safety. I also served as a liaison between the county government and local animal shelters.

I am currently employed as an animal control officer for Pinellas County. In this role, I continue to enforce local ordinances and educate the public about pet safety. I also serve as a liaison between the county government and local animal shelters.

I would like to thank you for your consideration of my application. I look forward to hearing from you soon.”

Sample 4: “Cover letter for an animal shelter”

“Dear Ms. Trickler:

I am an animal lover, and that reasons enough for me to be considered for an animal shelter position at Pets Alive. However, this is not the only reason that I deem myself a good hire. As a matter of fact, I am well-versed in many areas that are required from animal shelter workers. If you go through my resume, you will be made aware of the many ways in which I am a perfect fit.

Over the last 3 years that I worked as an animal shelter worker, I have been actively performing animal care duties. From providing animals with food, water, and personal grooming, to monitoring their behavior, I have done it all.

As an animal shelter worker, I offer exceptional skills in ensuring that their living spaces remain clean. Particularly, I am well-versed in performing sanitation duties, in order to ensure low chances of infection. Monitoring sick and quarantined animals to ensure their wellbeing is my niche.

Moreover, I am an expert in providing interested individuals with adoption methods, and licensing and vaccination information.

I can provide you with a more detailed account of my expertise as an animal shelter worker in a face to face meeting. Please contact me at (000) 635-7281.

Thank you for your time and consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Nathan Boones

Enc: (Resume)”

Sample 5: “Cover letter for an animal shelter”

“Dear hiring team,

I am excited to be applying for the Animal Shelter Manager position at the Happy Tails Animal Shelter. I have more than 10 years of experience working in animal shelters and have a deep passion for helping animals. I believe that my skills and experience would be a valuable addition to your team.

I have a proven track record of successfully managing and leading animal shelters. I have a deep understanding of the needs of animals and the challenges of running a shelter. I am also experienced in fundraising and have successfully raised money to support the shelter’s operations.

Most importantly, I am a strong advocate for the animals in my care. I have a deep respect for the animals in my care and I am always looking for ways to improve their quality of life. I have been recognized for my work by the local media and have received awards from the Humane Society.

I believe that I would be a great fit for the Animal Shelter Manager position at the Happy Tails Animal Shelter. I am committed to helping animals and I have the skills and experience to lead and manage your shelter. I look forward to hearing from you soon.”

Frequently Asked Questions: Samples of animal shelter cover letters

What are the requirements of an animal attendant?

Skills of a kennel attendant:

  • Being able to handle animals
  • Practical skills and dexterity
  • Observational skills to notice changes in animal behavior
  • Initiative and proactivity

How do I write a cover letter for an animal assistant?

Dog Trainer Cover Letter Writing Tips

  • Show your love of animals. 
  • Highlight your training experience.
  • Explain how you’ll help animals and their owners.

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