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 transportation of animals; the foster care of dogs, puppies, cats or kittens; humane education; fundraising; public events; and so much more!
- 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 ($15).
- 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.