Join our team!


Do you have a heart for people and pets? Do you have a passion for making a difference?

As a member of Animal Allies Humane Society team, your work will directly benefit the pets and people of the Northland. Our staff are caring, compassionate and dedicated to fulfilling the Animal Allies mission to ensure a loving home for every pet. At Animal Allies we believe that every pet deserves a second chance.

Available staff postings are listed below.

Don't see something that fits? Consider volunteering to share your skills and benefit the animals!

Development Officer


Pioneering regional humane society serving northeastern Minnesota seeks a Development Officer reporting to our Executive Director and partnering with key staff to facilitate the development and fundraising needs of Animal Allies Humane Society. The Development Officer provides leadership, direction, oversight, planning and implementation of initiatives to ensure that all areas of development are operating at the highest standard possible. As a leader in the organization, the Development Officer is responsible to achieve key financial objectives which support the mission and vision of Animal Allies. The Development Officer works closely with the Executive Director, the Development Assistant, the Content Editor, key committee volunteers and is in charge of maintaining important connections with key community supporters.

The Development Officer must share the philosophy of an organization dedicated to ensuring a loving home for every pet in the Duluth-St. Louis County area.

Send resume to Executive Director Julie Waltenburg at juliewaltenb@animalallies.net.

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Veterinary Assistant


Veterinary Assistants are responsible for providing support to medical staff and the shelter veterinarian and administering care as appropriate to animals in the care of Animal Allies Humane Society. This is a great opportunity for individuals with an interest in animal welfare and/or medicine to learn valuable skills and gain experience in the field. Veterinary Assistants are ambassadors of AAHS at all times and shall present themselves in a positive manner during work hours. This individual should have a strong commitment to the mission and vision of Animal Allies Humane Society and be able to work cross-functionally with team members, volunteers and members of the public to create a positive workplace culture.



Animal Allies Humane Society believes that every animal deserves a chance to find a forever home. Care protocols are driven by compassion. Our Veterinary Assistants work closely with our Shelter Veterinarian and Practice Manager to render the best care in a state of the art facility. Animal Allies is recognized as one of the top Adoption Centers in the state and nationally.

This is a part-time, non-exempt position.

Send resume to Practice Manager Kelsey Pettit at kelsey@animalallies.net


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Volunteer opportunities​

  • Direct Animal Care  - Walk dogs, clean kennels, provide enrichment for cats and dogs.

  • Shelter Maintenance - General cleaning, trail maintenance, garden weeding, etc.

  • Join a Committee - Special event committees and development task groups are always in need of driven individuals to lend a helping hand.

  • Assist our Medical Team - Licensed professionals can volunteer with our medical staff assisting with evaluations, direct care, and more.

  • Assist our Admin Team - Data entry, mailing correspondence, grant writing, and event prep assistance positions are available on an at-needs basis.

  • Stuffing Newsletters - No training required!  Help put The Paw Print newsletter into mailboxes each quarter. The project varies from issue to issue, and is a fun and social time to meet and engage with our staff and other volunteers.

There are a variety of ways you can help the animals as a volunteer! 


For more information on volunteering please click here.

Part-time Adoption Counselor


Adoption Counselors are responsible for providing excellent customer service to potential adopters and administering care to animals in the AAHS Adoption Program. This individual is responsible for matching potential adopters with animals that meet their desired criteria, using skills learned through training and experience.  Adoption counselors are ambassadors of AAHS at all times and shall present themselves in a positive manner during work hours. This individual should have a strong commitment to the mission and vision of Animal Allies Humane Society. Evening and weekend “off-site” events will be involved. Employment at Animal Allies is on an “at-will” basis.


Animal Allies Humane Society believes that every animal deserves a chance to find a loving home. Our focus is to provide education and resources to help keep pets with their guardians rather than surrender their companions to a shelter.  Our Adoption Counselors play a key role in keeping pets in their homes and placing shelter pets into new loving homes.  They accomplish this by working with our medical and kennel teams and connecting our community with necessary resources. 

Send resume and cover letter to Emily Spurgeon, Program Manager at espurgeon@animalallies.net

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Internship and Work Study Program


As a student or young professional an internship or work study experience can help you stand out above your peers. Individuals looking to build their skills and add real-life work experience to their resume are encouraged to apply for the below positions.

Humane Education Internships - Assist with our Humane Education program, classroom visits, and camp sessions. Email education@animalallies.net for more information.

Volunteer Internships - Help with the behind-the-scenes daily activities and programs surrounding our Volunteer Program. Assist our Volunteer Coordinator with trainings, event volunteer coordination and daily volunteer needs as they arise. Positions are available year round. 

Email volunteer@animalallies.net for more information.