Main Navigation

Volunteering in Coon Rapids

Want to know what you can do to help animals at our Coon Rapids 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.

Coon Rapids currently only has openings for weekday morning and early afternoon Dog Walkers, all other roles and evening/weekend shifts are filled.

Roles currently available

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.

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


Roles currently filled

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 animal health and behavior histories and facilitate visitations. If there is any down time between customers, volunteers provide socialization opportunities for the animals to keep them happy and healthy.

  • General Adoption Support: Volunteers work most closely with cats and small mammals. If there is down time between customers you will provide socialization opportunities for the animals to keep them happy and healthy.
  • 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.

Surgical Prep Assistant: Volunteers prepare materials for surgery and help care for animals during recovering to provide support in order to efficiently spay/neuter the thousands of animals who are surrendered to the Animal Humane Society each year. 

Training Support: Assist our trainers as they instruct classes to help owners teach good behavior and manners to their pets. Well behaved pets are more likely to stay in their homes and less likely to end up in the shelter system. Our classes have a fun and upbeat atmosphere using only positive reinforcement techniques!  No experience required.

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.

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.

While we are fortunate to have a great deal of community support, this can result in longer wait time 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 the only volunteer shifts Coon Rapids currently has available are weekday morning and early afternoon dog walking shifts. All other roles and evening/weekend shifts are filled.