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Volunteering in St. Paul

Entry level volunteer roles — No experience necessary, new volunteers welcomed.

Shift availability changes frequently, we are not able to guarantee a specific requested shift. We can work with volunteers to find a schedule that works for the volunteer based on shelter needs. Please note that while we have availability in all positions, St. Paul's greatest need is currently for dog walking volunteers on weekday mornings.

Adoption Support:  Adoption Support volunteers help customers connect with and learn about animals in our care to make good adoption matches. By utilizing shelter technology including tablets and computers, volunteers are able to give customers animal health and behavior histories and facilitate visitations. If there is down time between customers, volunteers provide socialization opportunities for the animals to keep them happy and healthy.

The following Adoption Support roles are currently available:

  • Cat Adoption Support: Volunteers working as Cat Adoption Support work in the cat area and focus on helping customers with cats and secondarily clicker training cats. 
  • Dog Adoption Support: Volunteers working as Dog Adoption Support work in the dog kennel and focus on helping customers with dogs and secondarily socializing dogs. 

Dog Walker: Volunteers provide dogs with bathroom breaks, exercise and socialization.

Foster Care

If you're interested in becoming a foster volunteer, get started by filling out the Foster Volunteer Application.

Advanced volunteer roles — Current AHS volunteers can be considered for advanced roles once they have successfully completed 36 hours of work in adoption floor support.

Treatment Assistant: Volunteers work with our vet services staff to help administer morning medication to animals.

Add-on volunteer roles —  Additional roles for current volunteers looking for ways to be more involved.  These tasks are occasional on an “as needed” basis.

Animal Bather: Volunteers bathe and groom animals available for adoption (primarily dogs) to help keep them healthy and in good appearance for potential adopters. Volunteers are called upon when the need arises.

Rabbit Pawfiler: Volunteers evaluate the personalities of rabbits waiting for adoption based on their behavior and interactions with their environment and the volunteer. This information helps potential customers make informed decisions when adopting a rabbit. No prior rabbit experience necessary. Training provided.

Community Cats: Volunteers transport and release sterilized, free-roaming cats to further control the outdoor cat population. Volunteers opt in to receive messages when cats are ready for transport and choose the individual cases they transport.

 

Prior to applying, please note that while we have availability in all positions, St. Paul's greatest need is currently for dog walking volunteers on weekday mornings.