What types of volunteer opportunities are available?

Intake Volunteer


Animal intake takes place at our office. As an Intake Volunteer, you help with animals entering Secondhand Hounds. You help the animals through the entire intake process which includes them getting vetted by our staff, photographed, bathed and all ready to go to their foster homes. Intake occurs a couple times each week, typically on Saturday and Sunday. The usual time required is around 5-6 hours and volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. We are not currently training new intake volunteers due to COVID-19.




Office Hours Volunteer


Office hours take place at our office. As an Office Hours Volunteer, you will be present at the office as a resource to people who visit us. Visitors often arrive to drop off donations, pick up their foster animal, or ask for supplies for their foster animal. We prefer people commit to a block of time to be able to perform on the same day and time each week. During this time your shift may include cleaning and organizing the office, doing laundry, helping with donation drop-offs, letting out the dogs and caring for the cats in condos. There are always plenty of activities to work on while at the office! Office Hour shifts are 2-4 hours. Volunteers age 16 can assist with office hours, and ages 18+ can volunteer alone. We are not currently training new office hours volunteers due to COVID-19 and limited opportunities for existing volunteers.




Let Out Volunteer


Let Outs take place at our office. Let Out Volunteers are responsible for caring for the animals in the office at specific times throughout the day. Let Out responsibilities include taking dogs out for potty and a walk, giving dogs and cats food, water and any necessary medications, and cleaning up the kennel and condo areas when needed. Let out times vary, but 10-15 minute walks per dog is preferred. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. We are not currently training new let outs volunteers due to COVID-19 and no opportunities for existing volunteers.




Event Transport Volunteer


These opportunities are available in various locations across the Twin Cities. As an Event Transport Volunteer, you attend adoption events and handle a dog or cat during the event on behalf of their foster who is unable to attend. Adoption events last two hours, so a 2.5 – 3 hour time commitment is expected to include pick up and drop off. To see all of our events and needs, please find each individual event here. Volunteers ages 12+ can volunteer with a parent/guardian, and ages 18+ can volunteer alone. Due to COVID-19 there are limited opportunities for event transport volunteers.




Home Visit Volunteer


As a Home Visit Volunteer, you will be contacted to perform virtual home visits for potential fosters and adopters. We provide a checklist for you to complete when viewing the residence remotely. Home visits take about an hour (to answer questions of the new foster home). Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. We are currently seeking new home visit volunteers to conduct virtual visits due to COVID-19!




Transport Volunteer


Transports are available in various locations in the Twin Cities. As a Transport Volunteer you help us by transporting animals primarily for intake. This would be primarily on the weekend but can sometimes occur during the week as well. Transports can be anywhere in the Twin Cities, so times vary depending on location. You can also help by providing transport of an animal from their foster home to vet appointments, or from various locations in the Twin Cities to our office. Volunteers ages 12+ can volunteer with a parent/guardian, and ages 18+ can volunteer alone.




Community/Fundraiser Event Volunteer


Events take place in various locations in the Twin Cities. As a Community/Fundraiser Event Volunteer, you attend community events on behalf of SHH and support in whatever way is needed. You may sell items, answer questions, or oversee a kissing booth with some pups! These events include 5K races, craft fairs or other local events to help raise money for the rescue. To see all of our events and needs, please find each individual event here. Volunteers ages 12+ can volunteer with a parent/guardian, and ages 18+ can volunteer alone. Due to COVID-19 there are limited opportunities for event volunteers.




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. We are not currently training new Secondhand Hope volunteers due to COVID-19 and limited opportunities for existing volunteers.




Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR)


TNR takes place in various locations across the Twin Cities. TNR is our newest initiative for 2021. We are looking for volunteers interested in assisting in trapping feral cats and growing this new program.




Puppy Party Volunteer


These opportunities are available in various locations across the Twin Cities. As a Puppy Party Volunteer, you attend different events and help guests cuddle puppies. Duties include animal clean up, set up and take down for party, and transporting supplies and/or puppies. Puppy Parties last 90 minutes, so a 2 – 3 hour time commitment is expected including driving. Volunteers must read a handbook before attending their first event! Please note volunteer ages 12-16 can volunteer with a parent/guardian (both need to be trained), and ages 17+ can volunteer alone! We are not currently training new puppy party volunteers due to COVID-19 and limited opportunities for existing volunteers.