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Volunteering in Buffalo, Minnesota


Want to know what you can do to help animals at our Buffalo shelter? All of these roles are entry level. 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.

Roles currently available

General Adoption Support: Adoption Support volunteers help customers connect with and learn about animals in our care to make good adoption matches. By utilizing shelter technology including tablets and computers, volunteers are able to give customers health and behavior histories of animals in our care and facilitate visitations. If there is down time between customers, volunteers provide socialization opportunities for the animals to keep them happy and healthy. Buffalo currently has very limited weekday afternoon/evening availablity for this role, and weekends are full.

Dog Walker: Volunteers provide dogs with bathroom breaks, exercise and socialization.

Surgical Prep Assistant: Volunteers prepare materials for surgery and help care for animals during recovery to provide support in order to efficiently Spay/Neuter the thousands of animals who are surrendered to the Animal Humane Society each year. Buffalo currently has need for Surgical Prep volunteers on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Foster Care

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

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.

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.

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.

Please note prior to applying that Buffalo currently has very limited availability for General Adoption Support volunteers. We still have many open shifts for volunteer Dog Walkers, and Thursday/Saturday shifts for Surgical Prep Assistants.

While we are fortunate to have a great deal of community support, this can result in longer wait times for prospective volunteers to begin. We strive to get new volunteers into the program as quickly as we can. This process from start to finish can take up to two months to complete depending on application volume and because of our thorough training. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Animal Humane Society.