If you like animals and enjoy working with them then this may be the job for you. This professional rescues and protects domesticated animals like dogs and cats. An animal control service officer could work for a non-profit group or an agency that is government funded and are dedicated to the protection of animals. They will usually work alone but sometimes it may be with another worker if the officer is involved in a situation with multiple animals or he is investigating a situation that is escalating.
When someone reports animal abuse the animal control service officer will normally go to the area of the alleged crime so they can inspect the area. They will look at the physical condition of the animal or animals and then interview the owner of the pet. If the office finds any evidence of malnutrition, disease, neglect, or inhumane treatment they will remove the animal or animals from the location.
There are times that an animal and their owners become separated. Many times they are rescued by the animal control service officer. If the animals appear to be house pets like a cat or down they will usually take them to his office to give them shelter and food while they make an attempt to get them back with their owners. If they go unclaimed for a prescribed set of time they are usually put up to be adopted.
There are cases in which an animal control service officer is alerted about a problem where there are multiple neglected animals in one animals, like a dog fighting ring. These animals are usually suffering from different diseases, being underfed, or living in squalor. When this happens the pet owners in these instances are usually prosecuted. They could also be fined, and sometimes even jailed. If the mistreated animals are able to be nursed back to being a healthy animal then good homes are sought for them.
Animal control service officers will often speak to groups of students about the feeding and care of their pets in order to promote the protection and nurturing of the animals in their community. Many times the officer will bring cats and dogs to the presentations so the students can pet them while they are learning. The officer may also give a talk about population control and the benefits of it.
To be an animal control service officer you should have appreciation and compassion for all animals. You should also have patience in order to deal effectively with pets and pet owners. You also have to be physically fit because some animals have to be restrained forcibly.