Volunteering in St. Paul

Volunteer and customer holding cat
Role descriptions

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 down time between customers, volunteers provide socialization opportunities for the animals to keep them happy and healthy.

  • Cat Adoption Support: Volunteers working as Cat Adoption Support work in the cat area and focus on helping customers with cats and secondarily clicker training cats. 
  • 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. 

Dog Walker

Volunteers provide dogs with bathroom breaks, exercise and socialization. Weekday evening and weekend shifts are extremely limited. Currently, we have openings on weekday mornings and early afternoons only.

Foster care

If you're interested in becoming a foster volunteer, get started by learning more about our Foster Volunteer Program.

Additional roles for current volunteers

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.

Advanced Volunteer Roles

Current AHS volunteers can be considered for advanced roles once they have successfully acquired 36 hours of volunteer experience.

  • Treatment Assistant: Volunteers work with our vet services staff to help administer morning medication to animals.

Complete the St. Paul 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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