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Volunteer requirements

Volunteers must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years of age. If you are younger than 16, there are other ways to get involved. Learn more.
  • Be able to commit to one year of volunteering. In-shelter opportunities require a minimum of one regularly scheduled, recurring shift every other week. Shifts are 2-4 hours depending on assignment.
  • Understand and accept Animal Humane Society’s philosophies regarding open admissions and humane euthanasia.
  • Communicate professionally, as human interaction is a requirement of all volunteer roles.
  • Understand and fulfill all responsibilities of their role independently
  • Read and comprehend detailed policy and protocol information as well as being able to remember and follow shelter rules
  • Be able to physically fulfill the duties of their volunteer role. Most volunteer roles require volunteers to: be able to stand, and/or walk for up to 3 hours; be able to lift and carry up to 20 lbs.; be able to reach and lift; possess vision abilities including close vision, distance vision and depth perception; be able to talk to customers, employees and other volunteers.
  • Be able to hear, see and interpret animal behavior and body language.
  • With a positive attitude, emotionally manage a workplace that can be stressful.

Most volunteer opportunities are available during open hours, Monday through Friday 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

If you meet the criteria listed above, you can review current volunteer roles and get started on your application.

If you have a criminal record or are interested in court-ordered volunteering, please read these requirements before completing an application.

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

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

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