Animal Transporter/Care Specialist

Job Type: Full-Time

Location: Dallas, Texas


About Hearts & Bones Rescue

Hearts & Bones Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization composed of a network of animal lovers who collaborate to rescue shelter dogs and find them loving, forever homes. We are dedicated to building a coalition of individuals and organizations across the country to save lives in the areas where shelters are under the greatest stress, and transport our dogs to communities where they have a greater chance of being adopted. As a foster-based rescue, we focus on providing all of our dogs with loving temporary homes that help them prepare to join their new families. 


Currently, we rescue our dogs from overcrowded shelters throughout the Dallas-Forth Worth area and transport them to our foster and adoptions hub in New York City. Once our dogs leave the shelters, we place them into foster homes around Dallas or bring them to our new Rescue Ranch facility to receive care and prepare to travel. We then run large transports of 40+ dogs from Texas to NYC approximately every two weeks. ​


Job Summary

Hearts & Bones is seeking an Animal Transporter/Animal Care Specialist with a deep love for animals, who will be responsible for the safe and timely transportation of dogs from the Dallas-Forth Worth area to New York City. This position requires a valid driver’s license in good standing, and the ability to drive a large van and care for 40+ dogs onboard (with the help of a part-time co-driver). This Transporter/Care Specialist must be comfortable with handling dogs of all sizes and temperaments, including loading and unloading them from crates on the van. When not conducting transports, the Transporter/Care Specialist will help support other functions of the Rescue Ranch, including but not limited to supporting the Ranch Manager with caring for the dogs at the facility (i.e. - cleaning of cages, runs and yard areas, laundry, walking, feeding, medicating and care of all animals), on-site maintenance, and local transport trips in the Dallas area as needed. The Ranch is located out in the country, so a desire to spend much of your time outdoors is a must. Working with dogs is physically demanding, sometimes unpredictable, challenging, and most of all – rewarding! 



Transportation (50%)

  • Ensure that animals are provided with a comfortable, safe transport between locations, in a clean, secure vehicle and always adhering to best practices for companion animal transports.

  • Provide all animals on board with water and food, and safely walk dogs during relief breaks throughout the trip. Clean out the van after transport is completed.

  • Complete long distance round-trip (approx 50 hours on the road from Dallas to New York) transports for animals leaving the Dallas/Fort Worth area, accompanied by a co-driver. Additionally, complete frequent local transports within the Dallas/Fort Worth area. 

  • Efficiently communicate with the teams in Texas/New York while on the road, ensure that all paperwork and medication arrives with the animals, and communicate any escalation issues that may arise immediately.

  • Map out the most optimal routes for each trip to maximize efficiency.

  • Oversee pre-planning process of assigning dogs to kennels, and other ongoing logistics involved in transport.

  • Oversee routine maintenance of the transport van which may include bringing the van to and from scheduled appointments.

  • Maintain a clean and orderly interior and exterior of the vehicle, including keeping the exterior of the vehicle clean and presentable.


Rescue Ranch Duties / Kennel Attendant (50%)

  • At the Ranch, the Transporter will be responsible for providing  a secure and nurturing environment for the dogs staying at the facility . This includes walking, feeding, picking up after the dogs (this includes poop!) and playing with rescue animals everyday. 

  • Keep a close watch on all dogs and notify the facility manager of any problems.

  • Clean, disinfect and maintain kennels, runs and stalls as often as is necessary to ensure no kennels are soiled and odors are not apparent. 

  • Launder and dry towels and blankets.

  • Walk facility grounds daily, picking up and trash and stool material. Empty trash.

  • Record information such as feeding schedules, appearance, behavior of animals that are boarded.

  • Work well with all employees and ensure that your actions match the Facility Manager and HBR’s goals  - with compassion and care.



  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record (no moving violations and no at-fault accidents, as verified by background check); previous professional driving experience is preferred. 

  • Previous experience with animal handling is a must as this position will be handling pets of a variety of temperaments and sizes. Knowledge of dog behavior and body language is helpful, and a passion for animals and animal advocacy is a requirement.

  • Must be detailed oriented and able to follow set processes and procedures. 

  • The ability to excel in a fast-paced, often high stress environment.

  • This job requires physical labor and will involve cleaning. Work is performed on the road,  indoors, and outdoors, and will require working weekends and potentially holidays (5 day work week, subject to change if days on the job are weekend and/or holiday on an ongoing basis).

  • Must be at least 25 years old with some prior work experience.

  • Must be eligible to work in the US.

  • No smoking or drugs. Drug test will be administered prior to start and can include random testing.

  • References and background checks will be conducted.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Full-time competitive salary

  • Food stipend for long haul trips

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance

  • 2 days off every 7 days

* This job description does not necessarily cover every task or duty that might be assigned. There may be additional responsibilities assigned as necessary.

To Apply

Please email your resume and a brief introduction to careers@heartsandbonesrescue.com.