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Since 1952, volunteers have been THE backbone of Pet Haven. Why choose Pet Haven as an organization when there are so many others asking for assistance? Because Pet Haven treats all volunteers as family. We provide training, support, and a community of like-minded people to make a welcoming space to do life-saving work on behalf of Minnesota’s animals.
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!
Join us for a New Volunteer Meetup to learn more about specific volunteer roles at Pet Haven. Dates and times for upcoming orientations include:
Pet Haven’s Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, responding to, and engaging new and existing volunteers. Thw Volunteer Coordinator schedules and conducts monthly orientations, creates and sends the monthly e-newsletter, and promotes events which require volunteer participation. The Volunteer Coordinator responds to volunteer applications and works closely with other Coordinators (Supplies, Transport, Foster) to find engaging opportunities for new volunteers.
Please tell us about yourself and how you want to help by filling out a Volunteer Application!
The Respite and Boarding Coordinator responds to respite requests from Pet Haven fosters. He/she schedules respite care with current respite fosters and/or local boarding partners and is the contact for partner daycare and boarding providers.
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.
The transport volunteer transports animals or supplies to and from vet, kennel, foster home, shelter, adoption events or other specified locations periodically.
The Assistant Foster Coordinator is responsible for managing and supporting the Dog and Cat Foster Coordinator by providing home visits for new fosters and welcoming them to Pet Haven. The Assistant Foster Coordinator helps to recruit new foster volunteers, provides ongoing training, home visits, and assists with phone interviews of potential foster applicants.
Want to make a difference in the life of a homeless cat? Consider becoming Pet Haven’s Cat Intake Coordinator! The Cat Intake Coordinator evaluates requests from local animal shelters for placement into Pet Haven’s foster program. The Intake Coordinator determines which cats PH will accept and is responsible for working to arrange appropriate foster homes.
Foster Mentors provide support and guidance to foster volunteers and their foster cats. They are the “go-to” person for fosters who are in need of support and advice (including selecting and transferring a foster cat, behavior tips, coordinating transport/supplies help, , and assisting with the adoption process.) Foster Mentors also work closely with all members of Pet Haven’s Cat Division Team to make recommendations for improvements and provide scheduled communications to Pet Haven fosters.
Experienced, take charge personality with the ability to manage planning, volunteer coordination, and hosting of in-store adoption events.
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.
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.
Interested in volunteering at a 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.
We’re always looking for professional groomers to make our foster animals look their best! Fill out a volunteer application today!
Great photographs of our cats are dogs are the #1 way we find them adopt them into their permanent homes quickest! 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.
Please tell us about yourself and how you want to help by filling out a 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 online monthly Volunteer Newsletter.
Interested in fostering? Have some room on your couch? Find our foster application here.