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Volunteering in St. Paul

Want to know what you can do to help animals at our Saint Paul shelter?  Here are our entry level and advanced roles and a link to our online application! 

Entry level volunteer roles — No experience necessary, new volunteers welcomed.

Shift availability changes frequently, we are not able to guarantee a specific requested shift. We can work with volunteers to find a schedule that works for the volunteer based on shelter needs.

Adoption Support:  If you were an animal in a shelter what would you want most?  You would want a home!  Adoption Counselors help customers connect with and learn about animals in our care to make good adoption matches.  If there is down time between customers you will provide socialization opportunities for the animals to keep them happy and healthy.

The following Adoption Support roles are currently available:

  • Cat Adoption Support: Volunteers working as Cat Adoption Support work in the cat area and focus on helping customers with cats and secondarily clicker training cats.  Currently, openings are extremely limited.
  • Dog Adoption Support: Volunteers working as Dog Adoption Support work in the dog kennel and focus on helping customers with dogs and secondarily socializing dogs.  Currently, openings are extremely limited.

Dog Walker: Volunteers provide dogs with bathroom breaks, exercise and socialization. Currently, openings are extremely limited.

Surgical Assistant: Volunteers work with Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians to provide support in order to efficiently Spay/Neuter the thousands of animals who are surrendered to the Animal Humane Society each year. Currently, there are weekend morning and few weekday morning and afternoon openings.

Foster Care

If you're interested in becoming a foster volunteer, get started by filling out the Foster Volunteer Application.

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.

Treatment Assistant: Volunteers work with our vet services staff to help administer morning medication to animals.

Add-on volunteer roles —  Additional roles for current volunteers looking for ways to be more involved.  These tasks are occasional on an “as needed” basis.

Animal Bather: Volunteers bathe and groom animals available for adoption (primarily dogs) to help keep them healthy and in good appearance for potential adopters. Volunteers are called upon when the need arises.

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. Training provided.

Community Cats: Volunteers transport and release sterilized, free-roaming cats to further control the outdoor cat population. Volunteers opt in to receive messages when cats are ready for transport and choose the individual cases they transport.

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