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Since 1952, volunteers have been the backbone of Pet Haven. Pet Haven is a family. We provide training and support to a community of amazing volunteers who are committed to making Minnesota a better place for animals.
There are many ways to be involved, and we thank you ahead of time for your interest. You can find out more about available volunteer opportunities by clicking on the links below. And if you have a skill or interest you think Pet Haven can’t live without, we’d love to hear from you!
Read Pet Haven’s latest Volunteer Newsletter by clicking on the image below:
The Owner Surrender (OS)/Return Coordinator- Cat Division is responsible for responding, coordinating, and processing cats who are surrendered by their owner or returned to Pet Haven. The OS/Return Coordinator reviews and assesses the animal’s veterinary records and surrender form and makes arrangements for the animal to be transferred to Pet Haven. The OS/Return Coordinator works closely with Intake Coordinators and the Cat Adoption Coordinator to ensure a smooth transition for the animal to Pet Haven’s care. Estimated Time Commitment: 5 hours per week.
The Intake Coordinator evaluates requests from impounds and shelters to take dogs and cats into Pet Haven’s adoption program. The Intake Coordinator determines which dogs PH will accept and is responsible for working to arrange appropriate foster homes for the animals being admitted to Pet Haven’s adoption program. Estimated Time Commitment: 5-10 hours per week.
All Pet Haven fosters are provided the necessary supplies (food, crates, litter, collars, etc) and our Supplies Team distributes these essentials to fosters. Supplies shifts include hosting “Open Hour” at our storage units in St Louis Park, collecting donations throughout the Twin Cities, inventory, and drop-offs.
Foster friends provide transportation, escorting, advocacy, and support to foster dogs and cats. Foster Friends can be under the age of 18 if accompanied by an adult.
Welcome volunteers provide the “home visit” for new fosters which includes final training steps, signing the foster agreement, and offering a welcome package to new fosters.
Organize weekend whiskers and weekend wags events twice per month by reaching out to pet store partners, finding new partnerships and determining special events to attend. Events coordinator will also ensure each event has a host. Time commitment is estimated to be 10 hours per month.
Please tell us about yourself and how you want to help by filling out a foster application!
Do you have a physical shelter space?
No. All of our animals live in private foster homes. If you’re looking for a volunteer position directly interfacing with our foster animals, consider becoming a Foster Friend!
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Some positions require volunteers to be 18. Yet we have lots of ways you can get involved if you’re under 18!
Can I volunteer from home?
You bet! We have many administrative and remote positions which allow you to help from the comfort of your sofa!
How do I find out more?
Once you submit your volunteer application, you’ll hear back from our Volunteer Coordinator to discuss how you can get involved.
How do you communicate with volunteers?
Pet Haven has a dedicated Volunteer Facebook page created just for volunteers to keep up with what’s going on. Once you submit your volunteer application, we’ll add you to the group. You’ll also receive our monthly E-Volunteer Newsletter.
Foster Friend Agreement