Animal Humane Society will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. We will be open extended hours — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — on Friday, November 28.

Special events volunteering

Special events volunteering

Animal Humane Society holds fundraising events to help support our operations. The biggest event, the Walk for Animals, requires the involvement of hundreds of new event volunteers. Find out more about volunteering for the Walk for Animals.

We staff other events from our regular volunteer pool.

Volunteer Opportunities for Youth

Volunteer opportunities for youth

You must be 16 years or older to volunteer at Animal Humane Society sites or events. Many of the animals that come to us have unknown histories. All people working at our shelters need to be able to manage unpredictable situations. In order to ensure the safety of the animals, staff and volunteers, Animal Humane Society has determined that generally youth under the age of 16 are not appropriate for volunteering with the organization.

We understand that most youth have varying maturity levels. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to appropriately assess these differences and thus our policy is to limit our volunteer program to those 16 years of age or older.

We are eager to engage youth in animal welfare issues and the work of Animal Humane Society in ways other than on-site volunteering. Animal Humane Society has many educational programs to explore, including our PetSet Youth Club, through which younger community members can gain an understanding of Animal Humane Society and animal welfare issues.

There are also opportunities to contribute to the work of Animal Humane Society off-site. Young people might also consider having a parent apply to be a foster volunteer. Although the primary volunteer must be age 18 or older, the entire family can participate in the fostering experience.

Animal Airport Ambassadors

Animal Airport Ambassadors

Animal Airport Ambassadors provide comfort and stress relief to travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. The volunteer dogs wear vests with the ambassadors logo, and their human companions encourage travelers to pause and say hello to the animals.

Joining the Animal Airport Ambassadors

To become an Animal Airport Ambassador, you must complete the following steps (Minnesota residents only):

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