How Can I Help?

Secondhand Hounds work rescuing animals is only possible with the help of our many amazing volunteers!

Without supporters such as YOU, these dogs and cats will be left to face their challenges alone. They may never know the love of a family or have the opportunity to be someone’s best friend.

Saving one Secondhand Hound may not change the world,

but it will change the whole world for that one Secondhand Hound!


There are many ways you can help a rescue! The biggest way is by becoming a foster parent, if you live in the Metro area (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Rochester or Mankato). Secondhand Hounds will do it’s best to match you with the perfect foster dog for your family. We provide all of the food and medical care, as well as a crate. Your job is to love the foster dog as your own until the perfect home is found!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please go to our volunteer application!

If you are interested in becoming a foster home, please go to our foster application!

Other ways you can help:

  • Transportation is always needed, whether you can transport dogs, or pick up supplies, etc.
  • Crates, food, bowls, leashes, collars, and other donations are always needed and appreciated! Or click the link if you would rather give a cash donation! Since we are a 501(c)3, we can provide a donation receipt for any donations!
  • Spread the word to friends and family that they should adopt rather than buy from a breeder!
  • Bring one of our dogs to an adoption event.
  • For other ways to help, please check out fun activities that benefit our rescue!
  • If you have a skill that you feel as though could benefit Secondhand Hounds, please do not hesitate to contact us at!

Why Foster?

  • It saves animals from probable death at an overcrowded shelter, and allows Secondhand Hounds to save lots more!
  • It removes animals from the scary shelter and gives them to learn a new life in a happy home while they wait for their forever home
  • It gives the foster family the benefits of having a pet, but you don’t have the lifelong commitment
  • Other animals in your home get a friend!
  • You get to know your animal, and get the opportunity to help match the animal with the right forever home
  • If you have thought about or plan to adopt a pet in the future, a foster animal can help you learn what you do or don’t want in your next pet

Information about Fostering