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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:
The Vet Care Manager will supervise the volunteer Vet Team Coordinators and ensure that the team provides all necessary support to fosters and adopters. The VCM manages all aspects of animal care including intake, medical authorization, spay/neuter, medical records, invoices, special needs care plans, supplies, and Pet Haven’s animal management software system. The VCM will also eventually manage onsite vetting of animals. This is currently a remote position but will turn into part remote and part office. Vet Tech certification required. Shelter or rescue experience a plus.
Paid position: 40 hours per week; Flexibility with schedule is a must. Weekend and evening hours will be a part of this position.
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: 60 hours a month
The Vet Authorization Coordinator (VAC) is responsible for ensuring proper communications between fosters and clinics. The VAC works with a team to coordinate continued care for all of Pet Haven’s foster animals. VAC authorizes needed care such as routine vaccinations, spay neuter procedures,and other medical needs with our clinic partners and coordinates with fosters clinic appointment times.
Estimated time commitment: 5-10 hours per week
The Adoption Coordinator – Cat Division is responsible for posting available cats on Petfinder, responding to adoption applicants and tracking foster cats throughout the application process. The Adoption Coordinator works closely with fosters, mentors and Vet Care Manager to ensure that procedures are followed.
Estimated time commitment: 20-28 hours per month (5-6 hours per week)
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
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!
Please fill out a foster application by clicking on the link below! For more information about fostering, visit our Foster Page.
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