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Court orders and criminal records

Volunteering with a criminal record

The 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. The 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

The 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

The 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.

Animal Humane Society locations


4375 Hwy. 55 S.E.
Buffalo, MN 55313
(763) 390-3647

Operating hours

Coon Rapids

1411 Main St. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
(763) 862-4030

Operating hours

Golden Valley

845 Meadow Ln. N.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 522-4325

Operating hours

St. Paul

1115 Beulah Ln.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 645-7387

Operating hours


9785 Hudson Rd.
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 730-6008

Operating hours

  • Administration
    (763) 522-4325
  • Animal Admissions
    (763) 412-4969
  • Pet Behavior Helpline
    (763) 489-2202
  • Boarding
    (763) 489-2222
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