Dog Warden

Track down stray pets and return them to their owner.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $52,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Dog Wardens do?

Dog Wardens keep animals off the streets and return pets to their owners. The days of the infamous Dog Catcher are long gone—as a modern-day Dog Warden, you don’t just capture animals without concern for their well-being; rather, you prevent them from harming people, while also keeping them safe from harm.

Patrolling the streets of an assigned area, Dog Wardens capture stray animals and, when possible, return them safely to their owners. Also, in an effort to protect the animals themselves, they interview owners who don’t provide adequate care for their pets.

When trouble arises, you’re responsible for receiving complaints about animals or their owners. For example, when a dog bites, it’s your job to get the facts (was the dog a stray or did the person trespass?).

The ability to sit, stand, walk, and even run for long periods is required, as you may sometimes have to jump out of your vehicle and run after a dog. You also need physical strength and stamina to be able to lift dogs (which can weigh up to 100 pounds) into your vehicle. The job may be physically demanding, but you’re rewarded with the satisfaction of reuniting families with their pets, and knowing that you’re protecting both animals and people every day of your life.

Should I be a Dog Warden?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Animal Warden, Dog Catcher, Dog Pound Attendant

    How to become a Dog Warden

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