Become a foster volunteer

Through Animal Humane Society's foster program, thousands of animals have received special care before getting a second chance at life. More than 2,000 animals who come to AHS each year need foster care before they are ready to find new homes, and this need continues to increase.

We are currently seeking foster support for large dogs (50 pounds and up).  We are not accepting applications for felines or small critters at this time.

The food, medication, kennels, toys, and other basic supplies you will need are provided, along with training and care instructions. Vet techs and behaviorists can also offer their help if needed.

Fostering is an immensely rewarding experience, and it changes animals’ lives in a very direct way. Your act of kindness will be repaid in rewards that are beyond words. 

Foster volunteer requirements

  • Foster volunteers must be 18 years old or older.
  • AHS shelters are located Minnesota. Applicants must live within 60 miles of Golden Valley, Coon Rapids, or Woodbury to be considered for this volunteer role.
  • We are currently seeking individuals with large dog (50 pounds and up) experience.

Application process

Step 1:  Please watch this video before completing your volunteer application. Some of the topics covered in the video will be discussed during your volunteer interview.

Video URL

Step 2: Submit your application to foster.

Step 3: After you’ve completed the application, you’ll be instructed to schedule a virtual interview with a Volunteer Services Coordinator.

Step 4: Attend your virtual interview. If accepted into the program, AHS requires a $35 application fee, which contributes to the costs of administrative processing and volunteer training.  You will also receive an AHS volunteer t-shirt as a thank you. If you are passionate about our program and are unable to pay the fee, please reach out to [email protected].org to discuss options.

Apply to be a Large dog foster volunteer

Foster volunteer FAQ

Questions about volunteering at Animal Humane Society? See our Volunteer FAQ. If you have any questions or concerns during the application process that are not answered in the FAQs, please contact us.

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