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We could not provide such outstanding care for our animals without the help of our dedicated volunteers. Anderson volunteers are involved in nearly every aspect of what we do, providing hands-on care to animals as well as helping to keep the facility clean, participating in events and fundraisers, assisting with administrative functions and even fostering animals in their own homes.

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Volunteer Opportunities for children under 16
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Volunteer Program
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Volunteer Requirements:
1. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age at the time they apply to become an Anderson volunteer. Children and teens who want to get more involved are encouraged to check out our Humane Education Program. (link to Humane Ed page)
2. Be willing to commit to a weekly or biweekly volunteer schedule.
3. All volunteers need to be able to volunteer autonomously and be able to handle an unpredictable environment.
4. Have a valid email address that is checked frequently.
5. Attend both an orientation and training shifts.
6. Pay the volunteer fee of $25 (this non-refundable donation helps offset volunteer costs and maintain our volunteer program).
Ways you can volunteer at Anderson:

Animal Care Volunteers:

Dog Care:
• Dog walking, training, & socializing
• Kennel/Shelter Cleaning
• Laundry & Dishes
• Shredding Newspaper for kennel use

Cat Care:
• Cat training, & socializing
• Cage/Shelter Cleaning
• Laundry & Dishes

Service Volunteers:

Service volunteers are asked to commit to 4 volunteer hours per month in one or more of the areas below.

• Transport Arrival Team
• Event Support (fundraisers, community outreach, adoption events)
• Humane Education (birthday parties, shelter tours)
• Customer Service (greeter, docent)
• Pet Taxi (drivers for offsite veterinary appointments)
• Volunteer Projects (email requests sent on an “as needed” basis)

Military Veterans’ Program

MVP Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 4 hours per month.

Supporting Anderson's MVP program, veteran volunteers are trained in the methods of positive reinforcement training and work with shelter animals to improve their adoptability.

Healing Paws Pet Therapy Program

Healing Paws Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 4 volunteer hours per month.

Anderson’s Healing Paws Program is a volunteer-based animal assisted therapy group, providing positive pet experiences to children and adults throughout our community. 

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Adoption Center

180 N Randall Road

North Aurora, IL 60542

Next to Pet Supplies Plus

(847) 697-2880 ext 80

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.


Main Shelter

1000 S La Fox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

(847) 697-2880

(847) 697-8229 fax

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.


Entrance is second door

1000 S La Fox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

(847) 697-2880 ext. 25

Center Hours

By appointment only.


Adoption Center

412 W Army Trail Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Inside Petco

(847) 697-2880 ext 90

Adoption Center Hours

By appointment only.

Shelter Holidays

New Year's Day  ·  Memorial Day  ·  Fourth of July  ·  Labor Day  ·  Thanksgiving Day  ·  Christmas Day

We will close at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Anderson Animal Shelter is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit recognized by the IRS.

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