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 HERE or by clicking on the image below:



Current Opportunites


volunteer application 


Digital Marketing and Analytics Volunteer

If you’re the type of digital marketing expert that is driven by a sense of curiosity, critical thinking, and a love of animals, this might be a great fit for you. This position is 100% virtual.

The Digital Analytics volunteer will provide technical support to grow Pet Haven’s brand on our website, mobile apps, digital media, social media, and other platforms.  Primary responsibilities will include creating reports and dashboards while translating analytics data into insights and actionable recommendations to better optimize campaign and digital platform performance for Pet Haven. This is a virtual position and all work can be performed remotely.

Dog Division Manager

The Dog Division Manager leads the Dog Division, supervises the Foster Mentors, and is assisted by key Dog Division volunteers assigned responsibility for the various operational functions of Pet Haven’s dog adoption program. The Dog Division Manager position holds a key role in maintaining balance within the Dog Division and being proactive to reduce crisis and conflicts. 

Estimated time commitment: 10 hours per week

Welcome Volunteer

Does training new fosters make you purr? Do you love to explain processes to people to help save animals? This might be the position for you! This position is 100% virtual.

Welcome Volunteers are responsible for managing and supporting the Foster Coordinator by providing the final step in the foster training and onboarding process. Welcome volunteers provide the “home visit” (which is 100% virtual) for new fosters which includes final training steps, signing the foster agreement, and offering a welcome package to new fosters. We are currently seeking welcome volunteers the dog division.

Estimated time commitment: 3-5 hours per month

Return Coordinator

Do you have a passion for animals and love to see them thrive? Are you empathetic, detail-oriented, and considerate? This may be the position for you!

Pet Haven’s Returns Coordinator is responsible for responding, coordinating, and processing applications received from recent Pet Haven adopters who are considering returning their adopted dog or cat. 

Estimated time commitment: 3 hours per week

Cat Transfer Volunteer

Sometimes cat owners find themselves having to say goodbye to their pet. While this can be heartbreaking, Pet Haven is here to help. The Cat Transfer Volunteer plays a key role, providing a safe place for a cat owner to surrender their pet and then working to place the cat with the foster.

The cat transfer volunteer supports the Cat Owner Surrender team by providing their home as a meeting location when owners surrender their cats to Pet Haven fosters.

Estimated time commitment: 3 hours per week/ 12 hours per month

Transport Driver

Transport drivers pickup cats or dogs with foster commitment from shelters located in Minnesota or Iowa. Transport Driver must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to use their own vehicle to drive animals (who will be in crates). Gas will not be able to be reimbursed at this time, and any mileage completed can be tracked for non-profit donation miles at tax time.

Estimated time commitment: Varies based on the route. Transports can be anywhere from 30 minutes one way to 5 hours one way. Drivers will always be able to choose their route.

Foster Friend

Escort Foster Animals to adoption events, professional photographers, vet appointments, as well as other opportunities. This is a great option to those who can’t foster, but still want to be able to help rescue animals in need.

Estimated time commitment: 2-4 hours per month

Dog and Cat Fosters

Providing foster care for a dog or a cat can be a very rewarding experience, but it has its share of responsibilities and challenges as well. Dogs and Cats come to Pet Haven through our Shelter Partners and from Crisis Owner Surrenders. While we try to gain as much information as we can on the health, behavior, and personality of each animal we bring in, there are often many unknowns. Fosters need to be willing to work within the animal’s timelines and needs giving the animal the space to adjust to their new home and all the changes they have been through. This requires compassion, kindness, patience, and persistence. Experience with animals is helpful but not a requirement. Fostering can be an excellent way to determine if you are cut out for pet ownership, or if it is feasible to add another pet to your household.

Please tell us about yourself and if you would like to foster a cat or dog by filling out a foster application!

Board of Directors Member

As a member of the Board of Directors, your role is to provide oversight of the Executive Director and Pet Haven’s finances to ensure continued viability; advance Pet Haven’s strategic vision and act as a champion for Pet Haven’s mission. To view the position description and apply, please click here!

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





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?

Positions require volunteers to be 18. Those under 18 can volunteer as a Foster Friend if accompanied by an adult. 

Can I volunteer from home?

You bet!  We have 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