We are always looking for people who can help us save the lives of more dogs and cats. If you love animals and would like to help out in ways other than fostering, please read below to learn about volunteer opportunities.
What types of volunteer opportunities are available?
Office Hours Volunteer
Let Out Volunteer
Event Transport Volunteer
Home Visit Volunteer
Community/Fundraiser Event Volunteer
Secondhand Hope Volunteer
Our Secondhand Hope program offers companion pet visits to Minnesota assisted living communities and other facilities. Our goal is to provide both humans and animals with comfort, socialization and companionship. Volunteers bring their personal animals, including dogs (both large and small) and cats, to participate in the visits. Each animal and its handler receives training with Secondhand Hounds staff in order to make the experience both enjoyable and safe. If you are interested in participating in this program please fill out this form.
Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR)
Puppy Party Volunteer
How do I become a volunteer?
First, fill out our Volunteer Application. This is sent to our Volunteer Coordinator. Your application is reviewed, and you will be sent some additional information about our organization. You will be required to complete a Volunteer Agreement online as well.
Some volunteer opportunities will include required training before duties can be performed. Once approved, you will be contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator for various tasks through our weekly volunteer email.
It is up to you how much you volunteer! We have activities going on throughout the week that need volunteer support. Your choices listed on the volunteer application will determine what emails you receive from us. You can always be added or removed from various lists if your interests change. To change your preferences, please fill out this form.
We welcome all who would like to give their time to Secondhand Hounds and want to ensure all volunteers have a positive experience. Our volunteer positions vary in expectations and demands. For the safety of our volunteers, staff and animals, we request that a supervisor is provided if a person with a physical or intellectual disability would like to volunteer. For questions regarding this policy, please reach out to us on our Contact form.
How old do I need to be to volunteer?
Intake/Let Outs/Home Visits
at 16, you can assist, 18+ you can volunteer alone
12(+) can volunteer with a parent/guardian, 18(+) can volunteer alone
12-16 can volunteer with a parent/guardian, 17(+)can volunteer alone
How about large groups of volunteers?
Unfortunately, we don't have any regular opportunities for larger groups. We are a foster-based rescue, so all of our animals are in homes, not at our office. However, we are ALWAYS appreciative of donation drives that groups would like to do for us - whether it's monetary or supply donations (we take used supplies in good condition as well as new). Visit our Donation Wishlist to see what items we're in need of right now!