Without the compassion and dedication of our volunteers, the West Suburban Humane Society would not exist!
We depend on them to help with the care, feeding and transporation of animals; the foster care of dogs, puppies, cats or kittens; clerical work; humane education; fundraising; public events; and so much more!
For information about group volunteering or service projects, please click here.
- Commit to a regular shift (bi-weekly on weekends) for at least one year.
- Most shifts last two to three hours.
- A limited number of summer-only shifts are available each summer. See below for more information.
- Meet our age requirements - you must be at least 16 to volunteer independently.
- Children aged 12-15 must volunteer with a parent or guardian when working with the dogs.
- Children aged 10-15 must volunteer with a parent or guardian when working with the cats.
- Have a valid email address.
- Attend both an orientation and training.
- Purchase a volunteer t-shirt ($10).
- An understanding and passion for animal welfare issues.
- A willingness to clean and help in any way needed.
- A positive attitude.
- An ability to work well independently and within a team.
- Attention to detail.
Steps to becoming a volunteer:
- Submit a volunteer application electronically.
- You will receive an email confirming that we received the application. Please check your spam folder for our email responses. Please email us back to confirm your commitment to becoming a volunteer.
- When there are shift openings, we will notify you of which shifts are available and orientation times. You will need to select a shift time. If there is not one that fits your schedule at that time, no big deal. Let the volunteer coordinator know and you will be contacted with future openings.
- Once you are assigned to a shift, you will need to attend the New Volunteer Orientation. This is a training that lasts 45 minutes to an hour and introduces you to the shelter, our volunteer program, and the basic responsibilties of your new volunteer position.
- Once you have completed training, you will be ready to get started on your shift, where you will shadow an experienced volunteer until you are comfortable on your own.
Volunteer Position Descriptions
What do volunteers do at the shelter? Read about the shift descriptions below!
- Animal Transporting
- Cattery and House Cat Positions
- Cattery Cleaning
- Cattery Showing (Adoption Assistant)
- Cattery Socializing
- House Cat Cleaning
- Front Desk Adoption Counselor
- Humane Education
- Kennel Positions
- Kennel Cleaning
- Kennel Showing (Adoption Assistant)
If you can only volunteer during the summer months, you can still help out! Each summer we have a limited number of summer-only positions. Applications for summer volunteering are due by May 15. Please tell us on your applicaton that you want to volunteer for the summer only. We will hold orientation and training session at the end of May and beginning of June for summer positions.