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Since 1952, volunteers have been the backbone of Pet Haven and allowed us to keep our administrative costs down so public donations can go directly to animal care. 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 HERE or by clicking on the image below:
The supplies team hosts open hours at our supplies shed (in St. Louis Park) for fosters to help gather all the food, walking attire, litter, treats, toys, and more they need to care for the animal(s) in their care. During the open hour supplies team members guide fosters to the things they need as well as helping to organize the units.
Estimated time commitment: 1-2 hours per month
Foster Mentors provide support and guidance to foster volunteers and their dogs. They are the portal for fosters to all the support and resources within Pet Haven. Foster Mentors also work closely with all members of Pet Haven’s Dog Division Team to make recommendations for improvements and be the conduit of communications to Pet Haven fosters.
Estimated time commitment: 5 hours per week
The OS/Return Coordinator- Dog Division is responsible for responding, coordinating, and processing dogs 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 Dog Adoption Coordinator to ensure a smooth transition for the animal to Pet Haven’s care.
Welcome Volunteers are responsible for managing and supporting the Dog Division Foster Coordinator by providing the final step in the foster training and onboarding process. 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.
Estimated time commitment: 2-3 hours per week
Pet Haven is committed to helping the animals who are most at risk in shelters around the state and this is often dogs who have a history of reactivity. These dogs are often insecure and anxious but often confused as “aggressive” when in reality they are just seeking stability and structure in what has been a chaotic life for them thus far. Our foster homes do amazing work, providing round the clock care and training to our program animals and the very important role of structured-walk dog walker gives those amazing foster parents a short break from the workload of taking on a misunderstood pup
Estimated time commitment: 2 hours per week
Home Visit Volunteers are responsible for managing and supporting the Cat Division Foster Coordinator by providing the final step in the foster training and onboarding process. Home visit 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.
The OS Application Review 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 communicates with the Foster Placement Coordinator to find placement for them. 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: 5-10 hours per week
The OS Foster Placement Coordinator- Cat Division is responsible for posting reviewed and approved cats for owner surrender onto the Fosters Facebook page to find an approved foster home. This role coordinates foster placement with owner and foster, and sends needed information to the Intake Coordinators. The OS Foster Placement Coordinator works closely with other 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 Assistant provides support to Pet Haven’s Intake Coordinators by helping with the behind-the-scenes work of onboarding new foster program animals. This includes email communication, records organization and filling in on transport coordination (as needed/available
The Vet Authorization Coordinator is responsible for ensuring proper communications between fosters and clinics. The VAC works with a team to coordinate continued care for all of Pet Haven’s foster animals. This role is critical to completing necessary vetting and care for all of the animals in Pet Haven’s care.
Pet Haven is looking for people interested in learning more about dog behavior and behavior modification training. A basic understanding of dogs and some experience handling them is needed, however, she will teach you the tools you need to help support the dogs in our care that need extra help. This would be things as simple as assisting with leash work, basic commands, and place training, to more advanced behavior training as skills progress. If you want to learn more about dogs’ behavior or already have the skills to support our pups and fosters please consider this very important role.
Time commitment is based on individuals availability
Providing foster care for a dog or a cat can be a very rewarding experience, but it has its share of responsibilities and challenges as well. Dogs and Cats come to Pet Haven through our Shelter Partners and from Crisis Owner Surrenders. While we try to gain as much information as we can on the health, behavior, and personality of each animal we bring in, there are often many unknowns. Fosters need to be willing to work within the animal’s timelines and needs giving the animal the space to adjust to their new home and all the changes they have been through. This requires compassion, kindness, patience, and persistence. Experience with animals is helpful but not a requirement. Fostering can be an excellent way to determine if you are cut out for pet ownership, or if it is feasible to add another pet to your household.
Please tell us about yourself and if you would like to foster a cat or dog by filling out a foster application!
The Pet Haven phone lines are a very important part of the service we offer our community. We often hear we are the only organization that has called back. Whether or not we can help someone is not always important. Sometimes just receiving a call from a real person offering some resources is enough to really help someone. Phone Line Managers are a very important face or the organization!
Looking for volunteers to answer the voice messages for the Dog Surrender Line, Cat Surrender Line, and Main phone line. You will receive messages via email and call back as soon as you can within 24 hours at latest. A spreadsheet in google docs or excel will need to be kept for a record of the calls. You will direct messages to appropriate people within the organization and answer questions.
Please fill out a foster application by clicking on the link below! For more information about fostering, visit our Foster Page.
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?
Positions require volunteers to be 18. Those under 18 can volunteer as a Foster Friend if accompanied by an adult.
Can I volunteer from home?
You bet! We have 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