Volunteer Opportunities

We appreciate your interest in the Steele County Humane Society. All of the activities and services of the organization are made possible through the efforts of volunteers. With your help, we can continue to assist the animals of our community.

Help us Fullfill Our “Wish List”

  • Land and a building to serve as a shelter for Steele County’s homeless pets
  • Foster homes in Steele County to provide love to to homeless pets until they are adopted
  • Monetary donations for routine veterinary care and routine bills (telephone bills, newspaper advertisements, insurance, etc.)
  • Monetary donations specifically designated for ailing or injured pets who come into our organization
  • Aluminum cans (can be dropped off at Owatonna Veterinary Hospital, 1930 S. Cedar, Owatonna, MN)
  • Adult volunteers with a pickup truck to help haul aluminum cans from our drop-off site to the recycling center for fundraising
  • Postage stamps
  • Donations of new items or homemade items to raffle off at our Steele County fair booth (items do not need to be specific to pets)
  • Small, new toys for cats and dogs to be included in “grab bags” for pets at the Steele County fair booth
  • Scoopable cat litter
  • Buckle collars and leashes of all sizes

All contributions are tax deductible. If you would like to donate an item, please call 507-451-4512 to find out where to mail or drop off. To make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to SCHS:


PO Box 220
Owatonna, MN 55060




Milk Moola and Computer Printer Cartridges
It’s easy to earn cash for the SCHS! Start collecting specially marked caps and bag tops from Nature’s

milk moola

Touch™ products such as milk, juice, bottled water, etc. (Kwik Trip or Kwik Star’s Nature’s Touch™ and Kwik Quencher® products) with the Milk Moola SM symbol and earn 5¢ for every cap or bag top collected! Also, for eve
ry Glazers Dozen or Half-Dozen price oval collected, you earn 10¢ each. Also, you can bring
us your used computer printer cartridges.

We will be collecting these at Pet Adoption days.

Here is another simple way to raise funds for the SCHS! Just take your aluminum cans to Owatonna Metal Recycling and tell them you would like to donate the recycling refund to the Steele County Humane Society or drop your cans off in the can cage at Owatonna Vet Hospital. It’s that easy! We also need volunteers to collect cans from the can cage and deliver them to Owatonna Metal Recycling. If you are interested, please contact Cathy at Cathy@steelecountyhumanesociety.org.

More Opportunities

In addition to the volunteer opportunities already mentioned, we need volunteers to:

  • haul cans to the recycling center
  • help with the Pancake supper fundraiser
  • help with the Pet Walk-A-thon
  • help with the Merry Market
  • help with Pet Adoption Days
  • help with the Farmers Market
  • help with any other events for the Steele County Humane Society

Become a Foster Home

If you have been considering adopting or fostering a homeless pet, now is the time you are needed! The Steele County Humane Society has no shelter – we rely totally on foster homes. They are a big part of our organization. We have many animals that need help, and our foster homes are overflowing. For more information on becoming a foster home, call 507-451-4512 or email us at Information@steelecountyhumanesociety.org.

Fostering is a great way to volunteer if you love animals. Since most foster homes are already responsible for other pets, all foster animals are vet-checked, wormed, and given first vaccinations prior to placements in

Fostering saves Lives

foster homes, minimizing any problem of transmitting diseases. Because many homeless pets have been on their own too long, they are often thin and vulnerable to illnesses. However, once they get good food, warmth, and some love, they bounce back quickly.

Foster homes provide care and love. They need to be willing to bring pets to their vet appointments and to Adoption Days – one Saturday afternoon a month. Pets are adopted either at Adoption Days or when potential guardians visit the animal at the foster home. The Steele County Humane Society provides veterinary care, food, leashes and collars, food bowls, carriers, and almost anything needed by a foster home.

If for some reason a family or individual is not ready to commit to lifetime guardianship of a pet, or if they already have pets and extra love to give, fostering is a great way to care for homeless animals. Bringing back a scared, undernourished pet to a happy, confident one is very rewarding. Matching that pet to a new loving home is a joy beyond words! The biggest “problem” we hear from people is, “What if I can’t give up my foster pet?” Well, then you adopt your foster pet and become a lifetime guardian. Keeping a beloved pet is not a problem, it’s a happy ending.

How You Can Become a Volunteer

Our volunteers need to be reliable and dedicated in the same way one would be with a job. To become a volunteer, please complete and submit the Volunteer Application. For more information about the volunteer opportunities, contact Liz at volunteer@steelecountyhumanesociety.org.

If you wish to print off a copy of the Volunteer Application and fill it out at your convenience, Click Here. Call 507-451-4512 for information on where to send it.