I work at a veterinary center which offers both cat and dog boarding facilities. It requires a lot of commitment, responsibility, flexibility and the ability to work outdoors year-round in all weather.
Not only will you be looking after healthy animals you may also be required to give medication to ill animals (when necessary), as well as bath and groom animals. Walking dogs requires a lot of physical activity during the day, as you can easily walk 20+ miles per day. As such, a strong back is a necessity for such walking (especially big dogs who pull), as well as lifting bags of dog food and the dogs themselves.
You will encounter dogs and cats you may not get on with (e.g. disobedient/loud dogs and/or aggressive cats), but you need to be able to put these grievances to once side and give all animals the same quality of care ignoring any personal bias.
In short, you will be on your feet all day, every day. As Leah mentioned in her review - if you like animals, it can feel like you are being paid to play all day. Unfortunately, unless you own your own pet-sitting/boarding business the salary for animal car assistants is not great in the UK.
I bred pedigreed cats for five years. The hardest thing about this job is dealing with inevitable tragedies. The best part is that the more you value the animals in your charge - the more valuable they become. It should be noted that people are polarized on the subject of breeding. Some being against it and others for it but very few in the middle. Personally, I think this is irrational and that breeders and animal rescue workers should be able to work together but sadly, this is rarely possible.
I am a pet-sitter, so I look after animals in their own home. It requires a lot flexibility, accessibility, responsibility, and trust. It's not unusual to be caring for multiple households in a given period, which may require a lot of traveling back and forth, and to only work weekends and holidays. Also, clients are quite varied. I've had a client with 9 pets (including goats) whom I only needed to tend to 3x a day and another with 1 dog whom I had to walk 8x a day. Being dependable and on schedule is very important. If you enjoy pets, then it tends to feel like you're getting paid to play. I especially love the variety and companionship that goes along with this job.
Worked in this field for many years in multiple settings. Non-profit is not for the faint of heart or queasy. Burn out rate is high as is turn over rate. These are not typically social people and inter office relations can be toxic if there is a lack of strong and supportive management.
Being and Animal Caretaker I care for mostly dogs and cats. I work in a kennel with seven large dogs. I clean their kennels, feed them, let them run around the property, brush them, and just spend personal time with them about two to three times a day. With cats I feed them, clean their liter, and spend a lot of time with them through out the day. It's really important to be compassionate and patient with caring for animals so if you love animals then this job can be just a lot of fun and very enjoyable.