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.
General Adoption Support: Volunteers working in 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 homes. The second is animal socialization that helps keep our animals happy, healthy and adoptable. Volunteers work most closely with cats and small mammals. We currently have limited openings daytime during the week and two afternoon weekend shifts.
Dog Adoption Support: Volunteers working in 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 homes. The second is animal socialization that helps keep our animals happy, healthy and adoptable. Volunteers work most closely with dogs. We currently have openings on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during the day. We have evening openings Friday. We also have openings on Saturday and Sunday from 3-6pm.
Dog Walker: Volunteers provide dogs with needed exercise and socialization. This is currently our greatest area of need. We have openings Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am-12pm, Mondays from 3-6pm, and the weekends in the afternoon.
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. We have openings on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30am-1pm.
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. We do not currently have any volunteer openings.
Advanced Volunteer Roles - (current AHS volunteers can be considered for advanced roles once they have successfully acquired 36 hours of volunteer experience)
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.
Our mission, vision, and values
MISSION: To engage the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals.
VISION: To compassionately and responsibly create a more humane world for animals.
VALUES: Be good to animals. Partner with people. Lead responsibly with compassion.