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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. When we did a conservative evaluation of the time our administrative volunteers give in a year it tallied just over $300,000!! That truly allows us to give more to the pets in crisis that come to us. Our volunteers are so valuable to us and 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.
This could be you!
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!
Join our family today!
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 help 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 Vet Authorization Coordinator is responsible for ensuring proper communications between fosters and clinics. This position needs to have experience in the vetting field. The VAC works with a team to coordinate continued care for all of Pet Haven’s foster animals. This role is critical to completing the necessary vetting and care for all of the animals in Pet Haven’s care.
Estimated time commitment: 5-10 hours per week
The Transportation Coordinator organizes logistics for transportation of foster dogs and cats from a central meeting location in the Twin Cities to veterinary partner clinics around the metro for spay/neuter and other surgeries. Additionally, the Transportation Coordinator will organize logistics for fosters who need transportation help to/from the central meeting location or other Pet Haven partner veterinary clinics. This role works closely with other members of the Pet Haven Animal Care Team, to ensure animals are being safely transported to partner vet clinics for exams, surgeries and other treatments.
Estimated time commitment:3-5 hours per week
The transport volunteer transports animals or supplies to and from the vet, kennel, foster home, shelter, adoption events or other specified locations periodically transport foster pets assigned safely and comfortably and in a timely fashion to and from events or locations Transport animals to/from adoption events (“foster buddy”)Time varies with each situation. All transports can be completed in one day, most within an hour or two.
Estimated time commitment varies per job.
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!
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