All Paws On Deck!

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Since 1952, volunteers have been the backbone of Pet Haven. 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!

Join us for our one of our volunteer orientations.  The orientation schedule is on our events page!

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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 fosters.

Shelter Cat Intake Coordinator

Shelter Dog Intake Coordinator 

The Shelter Cat or Dog Intake Coordinator evaluates requests from impounds and shelters for placement to Pet Haven’s foster program. The Shelter Intake Coordinator determines which cats or 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.

Supplies Team Volunteers

All Pet Haven fosters are provided the necessary supplies  (food, crates, litter, collars, etc) and our Supplies Team helps distribute these supplies 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.

Transport Volunteer

Transport animals and/or supplies to and from the vet, kennel, foster home, shelter, adoption events or other specified locations. Must have a valid driver’s license.


Welcome Volunteers: Dog Division

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.



Welcome Volunteers: Cat Division

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.


Cat and Dog “Meet and Greet” Hosts

Meet and greet hosts assist in coordinating adoption events at local pet stores and adoption locations. 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.


Special Events and Fundraising Volunteers

Interested in volunteering at a special event? Have grant writing experience? Want to raise some “scratch” for Pet Haven by securing raffle and auction gifts? Join our Special Events and Fundraising team! Meetings take place on a bi-monthly basis and we’re always looking for clever-minded people to join.

Photo credit: KME Photography

Licensed Groomers and Professional Trainers

We’re always looking for professional groomers to make our foster animals look their best! And trainers help our pups be their best!


Pet Photographers

Great photographs of our cats are dogs are the best way to get our kiddos adopted quickly! If you’re a professional photographer and want to make a difference, consider volunteering your time and skills to snap some pix of our foster animals at adoption events, in your studio, or at a foster’s home.


Dog and Cat Fosters

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


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 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 monthly E-Volunteer Newsletter.