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

Our mission is to prevent the surrender of beloved pets by people who lack the economic resources to care for them.

People & Pets Together was started in 2009 and was originally known as The Pet Project. Inspired by the economic recession and the love we feel for our own pets, we felt that something should be done to help people keep their pets when crisis strikes. We were built by volunteers and, until recently, were 100% volunteer run. Since our inception, we have worked with Metro area food shelves to provide pet food to people in need. The scope of that need was beyond our imagining. Once we realized that our community really needed our help, we started expanding our programs beyond food support. We began hosting subsidized vaccination clinics with community partners such as The Aliveness Project and Hallie Q. Brown. Since vaccinations are just a piece of the wellness puzzle, we established a veterinary grant program in 2011. With our rapid expansion and success, we were able to fulfill our dream of opening our own headquarters in South Minneapolis.

In January 2016, we opened the doors at 3755 Bloomington Ave. South. From this location, we serve as a resource center for pets in need. Our priority is to serve the greater Powderhorn and Phillips neighborhoods.

We know pets are family.