Volunteering in Coon Rapids

Volunteer feeding dog
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.

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.

  • Cat 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.
Roles currently filled

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 learning more about our Foster Volunteer Program.

Add-on volunteer roles

Add-on volunteer roles are additional roles for current volunteers looking for ways to become 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.

Complete the Coon Rapids volunteer application

While we're 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. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Animal Humane Society!

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