Volunteers have been the backbone of Pet Haven since 1952.


Click HERE for our Volunteer Application and find more information below!



Pet Haven – and the companion animals we care for – can not survive without the support and commitment of our wonderful volunteers. Thank you for considering joining the Pet Haven family!

We are always in need of new foster homes, volunteer drivers, and home-visit specialists; however, please consider other skills you have (accounting, fundraising, organizational development and planning, etc.) and whether that expertise could help us meet our mission of saving lives.

Become a foster!

If you have room in your home and in your heart for a temporary pet, there is a life, right now, that you can help us save.  Click here to be redirected to our foster page to learn more about how to become a foster.

All Paws On Deck!

Feel free to browse our list of volunteer opportunities here.  If you see a position that you’re interested in, please complete our volunteer application.

Ways You Can Help

Volunteer Driver

We always need help transporting our adoptable cats and dogs. Here are some examples of when we need help:

  • To and from veterinarian appointments when foster families are unable;
  • Transporting new foster pets from our shelters
  • To and from adoption events on those occasions when foster families are unable; or
  • Some of our pets are temporarily housed at boarding facilities, they need transportation to/from our adoption events.

If you are a safe driver, have your own vehicle & insurance, and can make room in your calendar for these kinds of short trips, you will be a hero!  Even if you can’t commit to driving every week, offering to “on call” for occasional transports will be a huge help.

Supplies Team Member

Do you have a vehicle and some extra time to spare?  Consider joining our Supplies Team.  All Pet Haven fosters are given FREE supplies (food, crates, litter, collars, etc) when they sign up to foster.  Since we do not have a physical shelter, we rely on Supplies Team volunteers to help us coordinate the pickup and distribution of supplies to our fosters throughout the Twin Cities.  Training is provided on a monthly basis.  Interested?  Fill out our Volunteer Application!

Special Events and Fundraising Volunteers

Interested in volunteering at special event?  Have grant writing experience?  Want to raise some “scratch” for Pet Haven?  We need you!  Join our Special Events and Fundraising Committee!  Meetings take place on a bi-monthly basis and we’re always looking for clever-minded people to join us.  Interested?  Fill out our Volunteer Application!

Want to contribute but don’t see a specific opportunity that meets your skills?

No problem!  We are always looking for people who want to contribute and make the world a better place for animals in need. Examples include:

  • Groomers
  • Animal trainers/behaviorists
  • Photographers
  • Copy writers
  • Social media experts

Fill out our volunteer application and tell us what you do!  We’ll be in touch to discuss ASAP!


Do you have a shelter?

No.  All of our animals live in private foster homes.  If you’re looking for a volunteer position taking care of animals directly, please consider contacting your local shelter.

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, someone from our organization will be in touch 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 online monthly Volunteer Newsletter.

If you’re looking to foster, fill out an application here.