Current volunteer opportunities in Buffalo

Current volunteer opportunities in Buffalo

 

Want to know what you can do to help animals at our Buffalo shelter? All of these roles are entry level. No experience required! Below the role listings is a link to our online application for our Buffalo shelter.

Current volunteer opportunities in St. Paul

Current volunteer opportunities in St. Paul

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

Entry Level Volunteer Roles Available in St. Paul - 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 seeking daytime volunteers Monday through Friday. Currently there is limited weekday evening or weekend availability.

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 seeking daytime volunteers Monday through Friday. Currently there is limited weekday evening or weekend availability.

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 daytime volunteers Monday through Friday. Currently there is limited weekday evening or weekend availability.

Advanced Volunteer Roles - (current AHS volunteers can be considered for advanced roles once they have successfully completed 36 hours of work in adoption floor support)

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.

Exam Assistant: Volunteers work with Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians to provide support inorder to efficiently Spay/Neuter the thousands of animals who are surrendered to the Animal Humane Society each year.

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.

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.

Current volunteer opportunities in Golden Valley

Current volunteer opportunities in Golden Valley

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

Volunteer Tails

Volunteer Tails

The mission of Animal Humane Society (AHS) is to engage the hearts, hands and minds of the community to help animals. The Volunteer Services department plays a major role in this exercise. The goal of the department is to cultivate a dedicated, capable Volunteer community that is meaningfully engaged in achieving the mission of AHS.

Meet some AHS Volunteers who have been recognized for their outstanding service.

Short-term volunteering

Short-term volunteering

Animal Humane Society has a basic volunteer requirement of a one-year commitment for on-site volunteering. This commitment is important to allow for adequate timing for proper assessment and training of potential volunteers. In 2011, our average volunteer had served two years with the organization. 

We do seek short-term volunteers for special events.

Volunteer Application Process

The volunteer application process

Because of the large number of community members interested in volunteering with the Animal Humane Society, we have a process in place to manage applications. Due to limited resources, we are unable to make individual exceptions to this process. There is a $20 application fee to help offset the costs of the application process. No applicant is guaranteed a position.

Applying to volunteer

Applying to volunteer

Before you apply, please review our volunteer requirements and the overview of our volunteer roles.

Questions? See our Volunteer FAQ.

Current opportunities in our shelters

See what's currently available at each Animal Humane Society location:

Foster volunteers

To participate as a foster volunteer, apply at the shelter nearest you:

Community outreach volunteers

The purpose of the Community Outreach program at AHS is to create a more humane world for animals by providing community-based education and resources for pet owners who historically have not engaged with AHS or other animal welfare programs.  Some of the volunteer opportunities include distributing flyers, attending tabling events, bagging dog food,  doing data entry or making follow up phone calls to members of under engaged communities. Apply here.

Kindest Cut

Volunteers with Kindest Cut assist with client interactions and surgical materials preparation for low cost spay and neuter services. Kindest Cut travels frequently and needs volunteers in many areas of the state. In the past, Kindest Cut has been to Apple Valley, Bloomington, Buffalo, Burnsville, Coon Rapids, Crystal, Golden Valley, Inver Grove Heights, Leech Lake, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Oakdale, Owatonna, Roseville, St. Louis Park, St. Paul, Woodbury and Wyoming. Apply here.

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers serve Animal Humane Society in important roles at our shelters, in the community, and in their own homes. Find an opportunity that's right for you!

Two-person or group volunteering

Group volunteering

Animal Humane Society often gets requests from persons wishing to volunteer as a team. Sometimes this is a parent-child partnership, an aide-client partnership, school groups and others. Due to the nature of the work at Animal Humane Society, limited resources and often confined physical space, we are unable to accept volunteering teams of any number.

Each volunteer at Animal Humane Society must go through the volunteer application process individually. Each volunteer at Animal Humane Society must be able to independently fulfill the responsibilities of their role. Each volunteer at Animal Humane Society will be scheduled individually. If you would like to apply to volunteer individually, please click here.

 

There are opportunities to contribute to the work of AHS off-site, which are appropriate and fun for volunteering teams.

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