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Find our volunteer application here!

Volunteers are the backbone of Pet Haven and have been since our founding in 1952. There are a ton of ways to be involved, and we thank you ahead of time for your interest.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! Please tell us about yourself and how you want to help by filling out a Volunteer Application!

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Dog Foster Mentor

Foster Mentors provide support and guidance to foster volunteers and their dogs. They are the “go-to” person for fosters who are in need of support and advice (including behavior tips, coordinating transport assistance, and working with adopters.) Foster Mentors also work closely with all members of Pet Haven’s Dog Division Team to make recommendations for improvements and provide scheduled communications to Pet Haven fosters.

Cat Adoption Event Coordinator

Experienced, take charge personality with ability to manage planning, volunteer coordination, and hosting of in-store adoption events.

Cat and Dog Adoption Hosts

Looking for Adoption hosts to assist coordinating adoption events at local pet stores and community events. Responsibilities include pre-event coordination, setup, greeting fosters and their animals, and chatting with potential adopters. The ideal candidate will be outgoing, responsible, and reliable.

Training and Behavior Coordinator

Are you a certified Animal Behaviorist or CPDT? Pet Haven needs your help! The Training/Behavior Coordinator responds to training and behavior requests from Pet Haven fosters. He/she provides advice, tips, and tricks to fosters and adopters to for common behavior issues such as resource guarding, shy/fearful behavior, reactivity, separation anxiety, and basic manner. This position may also work with professional local trainers to coordinate support when necessary.

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.

Special Events and Fundraising Volunteers

Interested in volunteering at special event? Have grant writing experience? Want to raise some “scratch” for Pet Haven? 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.

Licensed Groomers

We’re always looking for professional groomers to make our foster animals look their best! Fill out a volunteer application today!

Professional trainers/behaviorists

Dog and Cat Fosters



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 taking care of animals directly, please consider contacting a 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, 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 online monthly Volunteer Newsletter.

Interested in fostering? Have some room on your couch? Find our foster application here.