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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. This is an afternoon, evening, or weekend role.

Dog Walker: Volunteers provide dogs with bathroom breaks, exercise and socialization before and during shelter hours. Buffalo currently has availability for this role on weekday mornings and afternoons, with limited availabilty on the weekends. Our weekday evening shifts are currently full. 

Surgical Prep Assistant: Volunteers prepare materials for surgery 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 a limited availability for this role.

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.


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.

Please note prior to applying that due to excellent community support, Buffalo's volunteer schedule for all roles is nearly full on evenings and weekends. Volunteer needs are greatest on weekdays, with shift times ranging from 8am to 3:30pm.