Volunteer Opportunities-All Paws On Deck!



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:



Current Opportunites


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Dog Division Manager

The Dog Division Manager leads the Dog Division, supervises the Foster Mentors, and is assisted by key Dog Division volunteers assigned responsibility for the various operational functions of Pet Haven’s Dog Division.

Estimated time commitment: 10 hours per week

Digital Marketing and Analytics Volunteer

If you’re the type of digital marketing expert that is driven by a sense of curiosity, critical thinking, and a love of animals, this might be a great fit for you. This position is 100% virtual.

Are you a Google Ads expert? Do you understand the power of analyzing data to reach audiences? This position’s responsibilities will include creating reports and dashboards while translating google analytics data into insights and actionable recommendations to better optimize campaign and digital platform performance for Pet Haven. This is a virtual position and all work can be performed remotely.

Training and Behavior Coordinator- Dogs

Are you passionate about helping dogs be the best pups possible? Does the prospect of working with professional trainers, fosters, and adopters to provide support make you sing? This may be the position for you! The Training and Behavior Coordinator responds to training and behavior requests from Pet Haven fosters and schedules support sessions with training partners. 

Estimated time commitment: 3 hours per week

Cat Transfer Volunteer

Sometimes cat owners find themselves having to say goodbye to their pet. While this can be heartbreaking, Pet Haven is here to help. The Cat Transfer Volunteer plays a key role, providing a safe place for a cat owner to surrender their pet and then working to place the cat with the foster.

The cat transfer volunteer supports the Cat Owner Surrender team by providing their home as a meeting location when owners surrender their cats to Pet Haven fosters.

Estimated time commitment: Varies depending on # of owner surrenders.

Dog and Cat Fosters

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!

Dog Foster Coordinator

The Foster Coordinator screens new foster applications, organizes ongoing training and virtual home visits for new foster applicants, and makes recommendations for new volunteer positions, when necessary.  The FC works with a team of volunteers to provide training and virtual home visits to new fosters and is also responsible for tracking the process of new applicants..

Estimated time commitment: 5-10 hours per week

Events Coordinator

The Events Coordinator will assist in planning, promoting and building partnerships for Pet Haven fundraising events in the community. Must be available to attend 6 weekend events throughout the year.

Estimated time commitment: 5 hours per month

Apply to become a foster!

Please fill out a foster application by clicking on the link below! For more information about fostering, visit our Foster Page.

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?

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