Volunteer Information

We are always looking for people who can help us save the lives of dogs and cats. If you love animals and would like to to help out in ways other than fostering; like office hours, intake, home visits or transport, please fill out the Volunteer Application.

What do I do when I volunteer with SHH?

• Intake Volunteer (at our office in Eden Prairie) – help with one of our transports when animals enter SHH. We give baths, perform vetting and get the animals all ready to got to their foster homes. This happens a couple of times each week, usually on Saturday and Sunday.  The time amount required is around 5-6 hours.

 • Office Hours Volunteer (at our office in Eden Prairie) – being at the office to be a resource to people who come in with questions. This could include dropping off donations, picking up an animal, or looking for supplies.  We would like people to commit to a block of time to be able to do weekly at the same date/time. During this time you can help by cleaning and organizing the office, doing laundry and letting out the dogs. There is always plenty of activities to get done when you are at the office!  Office Hour shifts are 2-4 hours.

 • Let out Volunteer (at our office in Eden Prairie) – these people help us with the dogs in the office that are there. This includes walking the dogs, giving them food and water and any medications, and cleaning up the kennel areas when needed.  Let out time varies but dogs would like 10-15 minute walks individually.

 • Home Visit Volunteer (in the area of your choice) – you would be contacted to do home visits for potential fosters and adopters. We provide a checklist that you complete when visiting the residence. You choose which locations work best for you to perform a home visit.  Home visits take about an hour (to answer questions of the new foster home) plus travel time.

 • Transport Volunteer (various locations in the Twin Cities) – you would help us by transporting the animals from their foster homes to vet appointments as well as from various location in town to the office. This would be primarily on the weekend but could be during the week also.  Transports can be anywhere in the Twin Cities, so times vary depending on location.

 • Event Transport Volunteer (various locations in the Twin Cities) – attend adoption events and handle a dog or cat during the event on behalf of a foster who is not able to attend.  Adoption events last 2 hours and with pick up and drop off this need would be about 2.5 – 3 hours.  To see all of our events and needs, please review the posts on the wall of each individual event on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SecondhandHounds/events/

 • Community/Fundraiser Event Volunteer (various locations in the Twin Cities) – attend community events on behalf of SHH and support a community event.  These events include 5K races, craft fairs or other events to raise money for the rescue.  To see all of our events and needs, please review the posts on the wall of each individual event on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SecondhandHounds/events/

 • Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) (various locations in the Twin Cities) – TNR is our newest initiative for 2017.  We are looking for volunteers interested in assisting trap feral cats and help grow this new program.  Learn more about TNR here!


How do I become a Volunteer?

Here is how becoming a volunteer with Secondhand Hounds works:

  1. You fill out the volunteer application which goes to our Volunteer Coordinator.
  2. Your application is reviewed, and you will be sent some additional information about our organization. You will be required to fill out a volunteer agreement online as well.
  3. You will be contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator for various tasks each week. Your choices listed on the volunteer application will determine what emails you receive. You can always be added or removed from various lists if your interests change.
  4. It is up to you how much you volunteer! We have activities going on throughout the week that need volunteer support. You can choose to help more or less depending on your schedule.

How old do I need to be to Volunteer?

Intake/Let Out/Home Visit Volunteer – you must be 18 years old

Office Hours Volunteer – at age 16 you can assist with office hours and at 18 you can do them alone

Event/Transport Volunteer – at age 12 you can volunteer with a parent/guardian and at age 18 you can do them alone

If you have any questions on becoming a volunteer, please email Beth at: volunteering@secondhandhounds.org