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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.

Adoption Counselor: Volunteers working as Adoption Counselors 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 homes. In this part of the role, volunteers work with the dogs, cats and small mammals. The second is animal socialization that helps keep our animals happy, healthy and adoptable. Currently, volunteers are needed on Saturday (all shifts) and Tuesday (evening).

Dog Walker: Volunteers provide dogs with needed exercise and socialization. Currently, volunteers are needed, Tuesdays (all shifts) Monday and Friday (evening).

Surgical Assistant: 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.

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 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. Currently, there are limited shifts available.

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 evening volunteers Monday through Friday and morning volunteers Saturday and Sunday. Currently there is limited weekday 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 morning 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.

Our Golden Valley location is our most popular in terms of volunteer service. While we are fortunate to have a great deal of community support, this can result in longer volunteer wait times for prospective volunteers to begin. We strive to get new volunteers into the program as quickly as we can. Depending on application volume it can take up to two months from applying until you are trained and ready to start volunteering.

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

Dog Adoption Support: Volunteers working in Dog Adoption Support provide two important roles in helping to 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. Currently we are in need of Monday-Friday daytime volunteers and have limited weekend shift availability. There are no evening volunteer shifts at this time.

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, answering questions from visitors and facilitating cat visitations. The second is animal socialization that helps keep our cats happy, healthy and adoptable. Currently we are in need of  Monday-Friday daytime volunteers and have limited weekend shift availability. There are no evening volunteer shifts at this time.

Dog Walker: Volunteers provide dogs waiting for adoption with needed exercise and socialization. Volunteers walk dogs in designated areas on AHS property only. Currently we are in need of Monday-Friday morning and daytime volunteers. There are not evening or weekends shifts at this time.

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

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 play a pivotal support role in keeping animals in their homes. No experience required. This role requires a weekly commitment.  

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.

Wildlife Transport: Volunteers working as Wildlife Transporters use their own vehicles to provide needed transportation to injured, orphaned and ill wildlife as they move to a rehabilitation and/or rescue facility to receive the care and treatment they need. This is a seasonal position, typically from March to November. Volunteer shifts are in the evening only, 7 days a week.

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

Exam Assistant: Volunteers working in the Exam Department provide support to the Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians during the animals’ exam process and help provide treatment to the animals in our care.

Surgery Suite: 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.

Wildlife Exam: Volunteers working in the Wildlife Exam Room provide support to the Veterinary Technicians giving injured wildlife the care and treatment they need to recover from a wide range of maladies.

Adoption Preparation: Volunteers working in Adoption Preparation use specific behavior modification protocols to help prepare shy and fearful animals for the adoption floor and help them ultimately find a new home.

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.

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.

We also are engaging high school students in a unique summer volunteer program.

If you are interested in volunteering with Animal Humane Society but cannot make a one-year commitment, you might explore ways to contribute to our work through community service projects. These recommended projects happen off-site and are great ways for those with limited time to support Animal Humane Society.

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.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities for individuals.

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

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