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 by clicking on the image below:



Current Opportunites


volunteer application 


Dog Owner Surrender Coordinator

The Dog Owner Surrender Coordinator handles owner surrender requests that come into Pet Haven. The volunteer to fill this role must be able to handle difficult conversations with compassion and understanding. The majority of work will be reaching out to surrender applicants over the phone and via email, however, the volunteer will also need to have a form of transportation to go to surrender’s existing homes on occasion. Estimated 10-15 hours per month.

Shelter Intake Assistant

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. 

Supplies Team Volunteers

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.

Supplies filling our storage facility

Foster Friend

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.

Dog and Cat Foster Welcome Volunteers

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.



Dog and Cat Fosters

Please tell us about yourself and how you want to help by filling out a foster application!

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




Apply to become a board member

A member of the Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that Pet Haven Inc. of MN fulfills its mission by planning for the future, monitoring operations, and evaluating the organization’s performance. Find a general position description for board members here!

Board Member 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