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!
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.
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.
The following Adoption Support roles are currently available:
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 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.
If you're interested in becoming a foster volunteer, get started by filling out the Foster Volunteer Application.
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!