Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Southwest Metro Animal Rescue.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about our volunteer opportunities, please call us at 952-368-PAWS (7297). You may leave a message 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A representative will return your call.

Cat Intake Coordinator

Southwest Metro Animal Rescue needs the help of a few cat lovers to be cat intake coordinators for the rescue. As an intake coordinator, you would help bring loving cats from homelessness, neglect, and bad situations into foster homes or the PetSmart adoption center.

Here is a high level summary of what you would be doing:

  • Return calls and inquires regarding surrenders.
  • Screen surrenders to make sure the cat is a good fit for the rescue
  • Find a foster home or cage at PetSmart to place the cat into the rescue.
  • Set up intake appointment with participating veterinarians and set up transporters for vet appointments if necessary.
  • Be the contact for veterinarians and foster homes during intake process.

Our goal is to have a team of 2-3 people do this job so we have a team that can work together and keep the time requirements to a minimum. The more the merrier!

If you are interested, please call us at 952-368-PAWS (7297) or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Dog Intake Coordinator

Southwest Metro Animal Rescue needs the help of a few dog lovers to be dog intake coordinators for the rescue. As an intake coordinator, you would help bring loving dogs from homelessness, neglect, and bad situations into foster homes.

Here is a high level summary of what you would be doing:

  • Return calls and inquires regarding surrenders.
  • Screen surrenders to make sure the dog is a good fit for the rescue
  • Find a foster home to place the dog into the rescue.
  • Set up intake appointment with participating veterinarians and set up transporters for vet appointments if necessary.
  • Be the contact for veterinarians and foster homes during intake process.

Our goal is to have a team of 2-3 people do this job so we have a team that can work together and keep the time requirements to a minimum. The more the merrier!

If you are interested, please call us at 952-368-PAWS (7297) or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Fundraising Coordinator

Southwest Metro Animal Rescue needs the help of a few good people to help raise money for our rescue. We only receive money from what we raise and adoption fees. As the Fundraising Coordinator you will play an important role in keeping our rescue up and operating.

Her is a high level summary of what you would be doing:

  • Set up fundraising events – chili contest, silent auction, chaska valley river city days etc…
  • Screen and work with volunteers to help with the event
  • Coordinate from start to finish of each event
  • Report to the board about the events
  • Make the events fun
  • Coordinate any important info to the other rescue coordinators

This role could have 2-3 coordinators - more fun with more people

If you are interested, please call us at 952-368-PAWS (7297) or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.