Fostering bottle baby kittens

Fostering bottle baby kittens

Bottle Baby foster volunteers care for litters of kittens 2 weeks and older that need bottle feeding, pottying and cleaning every 3 to 4 hours.  Because care for these kittens is time consuming, the groups will range in size from 1 to 4 kittens so as not to overwhelm any one volunteer.  Volunteers can choose to foster kittens until they are weaned at about 4 weeks of age or until they are big enough for adoption at approximately 8 weeks of age.

Summer Animal Volunteer Experience

Summer Animal Volunteer Experience

A volunteer program for teens ages 16 to 18

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At Animal Humane Society, we are ready for the dog days of summer as we introduce an unforgettable experience called S.A.V.E.  S.A.V.E stands for “Summer Animal Volunteer Experience” and is a uniquely designed volunteer program open to 16- to 18-year-olds who want to volunteer with AHS over the course of one summer.

Volunteering to foster animals

Volunteering to foster animals

Do you want to help animals but don’t have time to volunteer in shelter? Foster volunteering might be right for you.

Through the foster program, thousands of animals have had a second chance at an amazing life, and the foster program is a critical part of our ability to adopt over 15,000 animals annually. About 10% of those animals, 1,600 annually, need foster care before they are ready to find new homes.  Fostering is an immensely rewarding experience you’ll never forget, and it changes animals’ lives in a very direct way.

At Animal Humane Society foster volunteers provide care for animals that are not yet ready for adoption. We have a variety of animals that need foster care including animals too young for adoption, nursing moms, animals needing supportive health care or time to recover after surgery and temporary placements for owners in transition.

Animal Humane Society provides all the basic supplies you will need to care for foster animals including food, medications, housing/kennels and toys. We provide training and care instructions for each foster animal so you will know exactly what each animal requires and we have vet techs and behaviorists that can provide help if needed.

Fostering is a wonderful experience for you and your family; you can feel good knowing you have helped save an animal’s life.  It’s a great way for children to be involved and to learn about helping others. Each animal fostered better creates space in the shelter to accommodate other homeless animals that need our help too. Foster animals provide companionship and purpose. Your act of kindness is repaid in rewards that are beyond words.

If you are interested in becoming a foster volunteer, please select a main shelter and fill out the volunteer application for that site.


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St. Paul


Court orders and criminal records

Court orders and criminal records

Volunteering with a criminal record

Animal Humane Society does not accept volunteers with a criminal record in relation to sexual offense, violent crimes or animal neglect or cruelty within the last 15 years. Animal Humane Society requires all persons applying to volunteer to state any past criminal record and reserves the right to conduct a background check on any volunteer. If you qualify under these conditions, please apply here.

Volunteering under court order

Animal Humane Society does accept court-ordered volunteers. All court-ordered volunteers must be 18 years of age. We do not accept persons who have been convicted of the following crimes:

  • Felony level crimes
  • Crimes committed with a weapon
  • Illegal possession of a fire arm
  • Drug related offenses
  • History of sexual offenses
  • Predatory crimes
  • Theft
  • Possession/receiving/selling stolen property
  • Crimes of violence (including domestic assault)
  • Animal cruelty/neglect

Animal Humane Society also reserves the right to refuse any court-ordered volunteers for offenses not listed here. Persons interested in more details about our court-ordered volunteering program should contact the Community Programs Coordinator at 763-432-4894 for more information and complete guidelines of the program.

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteer requirements

Volunteers must meet all of the following requirements:

Volunteer FAQ

Volunteer FAQ



Do you want to help animals find loving homes and make their wait for those homes as positive and comfortable as possible? Do you want to have fun and meet amazing people with the same passion as you? Well, from wildlife to in-shelter support to at home foster care, volunteers are involved in every part of the work we do at all five of our shelter locations. Our volunteers help make the world a more humane place for animals.

Here's how to get involved:

Volunteer interviews

Prepare for your volunteer interview

Thank for your interest in volunteering with Animal Humane Society. In preparation for your interview, please review the following documents:

Animal Humane Society's official Position Statements on animal welfare issues:

Volunteer role descriptions for our entry-level opportunities available at your desired volunteer site:

Current volunteer opportunities in Woodbury

Current volunteer opportunities in Woodbury

Want to know what you can do to help animals at our Woodbury shelter? Here are our entry level and advanced roles! Below the role listings is a link to our online application for our Woodbury shelter.

Entry Level Volunteer Roles Available in Woodbury - No experience necessary, new volunteers welcomed.

Cat Adoption Support: Volunteers working in Cat Adoption Support provide two important roles in helping to fulfill our mission. The first is customer assistance on the adoption floor, helping connect animals in our care to their new forever homes. The second is animal socialization and cleaning that helps keep our animals happy, healthy and adoptable. We are in need of volunteers Saturdays, 12-3 on Tuesdays and 3-6pm on Wednesdays.

Dog Adoption Support: Volunteers working in Dog Adoption Support provide two important roles to help us fulfill our mission. The first is customer assistance on the adoption floor, answering questions from visitors and facilitating dog visitations. The second is animal socialization that helps keep our dogs happy, healthy and adoptable. We are in need of volunteers weekdays 12-3pm and 3-6pm.

Dog Walker: Volunteers provide dogs waiting for adoption with needed exercise and socialization. Volunteers take dogs out for 15 minute walks every shift as well as help to clean kennels. This provides the dogs with the socialization, exercise, and potty breaks needed to keep them happy and healthy. We are seeking morning volunteers Monday through Saturday. Currently there is limited weekday evening or weekend availability.

Training Support: One of the ways in which Animal Humane Society engages the community to help the animals is by providing training and behavior programming. These programs create well-behaved and manageable pets, which are more likely to stay in their current homes and less likely to end up in the shelter system. Through this work, volunteers working with the training department play a pivotal support role in keeping animals in their homes. No experience required. Currently there are no openings for this role at our Woodbury site.

Education Programs Support: Volunteers working in this role assist with PetSet Youth Club or our Unleashed Express Mini Camps, two programs we offer to youth in our community. PetSet and Unleashed are both led by AHS Humane Educators and volunteers lend their time and experience to help ensure great experiences for youth. Volunteers assist educators by making sure that activities run smoothly and that the kids get the instructional attention they need. There are also opportunities for volunteers to get more involved by developing curriculum and planning and preparing fun and educational activities.

Advanced Volunteer Roles - (current AHS volunteers can be considered for advanced roles once they have successfully acquired 36 hours of volunteer experience)

Animal Care Assistant Volunteer: Volunteers working in animal care help to fulfill our mission by providing animals with clean, comfortable housing that leads to healthier happier and ultimately more adoptable animals.

Surgery Suite Volunteer: Volunteers working in the surgery department provide support to the Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians in order to efficiently Spay/Neuter the thousands of animals who are surrendered to the Animal Humane Society each year.

Chip and Nail Clinic Assistant: Volunteers help with our twice a month chip and nail clinics by checking customers in and gathering their and their pets’ information and helping our vet services department during chipping and nail trims.

Treatment Assistant: Volunteers work with our vet services staff to help administer morning medication to animals.

Rabbit Pawfiler: Volunteers evaluate the personalities of rabbits waiting for adoption based on their behavior and interactions with their environment and the volunteer. This information helps potential customers make informed decisions when adopting a rabbit. No prior rabbit experience necessary. This is an add-on role for current volunteers looking for ways to be more involved.

Animal Bather: Volunteers help groom and bathe animals available for adoption (primarily dogs) to help keep them healthy and in good appearance for potential adopters. This is an add-on role for current volunteers on an as needed basis.

Current volunteer opportunities in Coon Rapids

Current volunteer opportunities in Coon Rapids

Want to know what you can do to help animals at our Coon Rapids shelter? Here are our entry level and advanced roles!  Below the role listings is a link to our online application for our Coon Rapids shelter.

Entry Level Volunteer Roles Available in Coon Rapids - No experience necessary, new volunteers welcomed.

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