People and Pets Together MN

Quick FAQ's for volunteering

  1. How old do you have to be to volunteer at PPT?
    • 16+ with parent, or 18+ solo.
  2. What is PPT's greatest need with regard to Volunteer hours?
    • Food Shelf Volunteers - We get really busy and can use help all the time with special projects and paperwork during open business hours
    • Unloading large food deliveries. 
      • Typically Th, or Fri late afternoons
  3. How do I start volunteering?
    • Sign up and attend an orientation! Working at a food shelf isn't for everyone, the orientation will allow you to see our space, ask questions and help decide if this is the right volunteer opportunity for you.
  4. Besides the food shelf shifts, what other opportunities can I help with?
    • Fundraiser/Food Drive Planner
    • Collection/Delivery
    • Events
    • Administrative
    • Stocking/Cleaning
  5. I have expert experience in a certain area, can I help at a higher level?
    • Absolutely! Email us at and we can talk about other opportunities that might align better with your expertise!
  6. What does PPT stand for?
    • People and Pets Together 
  7. How do I coordinate a pet food drive at my work?
  8. My spouse would like to be a driver and help deliver food.   Does s/he have to go through volunteer orientation? 
    • No, the reason we ask people to join us at an orientation is to understand the ins and outs of food shelf shifts and events. Food shelf shifts include working directly with our clients and need to provide information about our services along with understanding our rules and regulations.
  9. I am at least 16 years old, but not 18 years old.  Can I volunteer?  Who signs my wavier? 
    • A parent or responsible adult must volunteer with you, and a parent must sign the waiver for you. The waiver is similar to a contract for liability and you need to be 18+ to sign contracts. This is due to the liability of working a food shelf shift with our clients, including lifting heavy objects. This also applies to events where PPT is liable for what happens on site. However, it does not apply to collection and delivery or food drives as we are beneficiaries and are not responsible for the actions of the volunteer. 


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Mission Statement

People & Pets Together, formerly The Pet Project, was founded in 2009 in response to the global economic downturn and heartbreaking stories of people who were forced to give up their pets due to financial hardship. Our mission is to support the relationships that people have with their pets, and to prevent the surrender of pets during times of economic crisis. People & Pets Together was one of the first such surrender prevention programs in the Midwest.

In early 2016, we opened our pet food shelf in Minneapolis. 

In 2021, People & Pets Together merged with Secondhand Hounds (

We know pets are family. We help families stay together.