Volunteer opportunities and application process

Volunteer holding orange tabby kitten

Animal lovers who are interested in lending their time and talents as an Animal Humane Society volunteer must complete a four-step process. The process is the same for both in-shelter and foster volunteer applicants.

Volunteer roles at AHS

In-shelter volunteers

Like many organizations today, AHS is facing staffing challenges — complicated by a nationwide shortage of veterinary technicians and veterinarians — that impact our capacity to deliver services. We have temporarily reduced transports to ensure that we can meet the needs of local animals. As a result, we are pausing our in-shelter volunteer application and onboarding process until we return to normal levels of operation.

Foster volunteers

If you're interested in opening your heart and home to an animal in need as a foster volunteer, many foster-based rescue organizations throughout the Twin Cities are actively searching for foster families. Review our listing of placement partners now.

Group volunteer opportunities

Animal Humane Society depends on thousands of volunteers each year to help us provide quality care to animals in need. However, we are unable to accommodate volunteer groups in our shelters.

Your group can support our work and the animals in our care by coordinating and participating in offsite group service projects (like making toys, collecting and donating items from our “wish list,” or holding a fundraiser). 


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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