The appointed state humane agents of Minnesota Federated Humane Societies play a vital role in ensuring all animals in our state are cared for as mandated under federal and state law. Our state humane agents are trained to know and interpret the Minnesota state statutes pertaining to animals and carry out investigations into reports of suspected animal cruelty, abuse and neglect. MFHS currently has three paid employees, two state humane agents and one state humane investigator. Our other state humane agents choose to be volunteers and are offered stipends and mileage reimbursement for their time and service.
While carrying out their duties, state humane agents have many duties. The state humane agents:
Partner with law enforcement to investigate potential cruelty, abuse, neglect and torture crimes against animals.
Conduct animal welfare checks when a concern is identified.
Provide subject matter expertise to law enforcement and community members.
Conduct thorough investigations which may include gathering public and sometimes private data, to ensure you are informed about the facts.
Communicate effectively with all potential and involved agencies such as law enforcement, county attorneys, Animal Board of Health, veterinarians, animal rescues/shelters, etc.
Create a detailed report of your investigation, to be shared with law enforcement and county attorneys as case evidence.
Be prepared to be called as a witness in court cases.
Connect community members with resources in caring for animals.
Partner with local shelters and rescues to place animals in protective care and to rehome when needed.
Educate others about caring for animals and identifying violations of statutes pertaining to animals.
Minnesota Federated Humane Societies is recruiting new state humane agents across the state, especially in greater Minnesota, to help protect all animals in all 87 counties. MFHS volunteer state humane agents are paid stipends per case, with travel and other approved expenses reimbursed. MFHS volunteer state humane agents can choose to be compensated or donate their time.
If you are interested in learning more about the position, applying or to speaking with MFHS about becoming a MFHS state humane agent, get in touch with us. We'd love to hear from you!
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