Anderson Animal Shelter could not provide such outstanding care for its animals without the help of its dedicated volunteer force. Anderson Animal Shelter volunteers are involved in almost all aspects of the shelter providing hands-on care to the shelter animals as well as helping to keep the shelter clean, participating in events and fundraisers, and even fostering animals in their own homes.

Our extensive volunteer program enables individuals or groups to become involved in helping the shelter according to their own personal interests and talents. The volunteer program is for adults (ages 16+) and offers individuals the opportunity to work on behalf of the shelter’s animals to make a positive impact in our community. If you have a child under the age of 16 who wants to get involved, please visit our Humane Education page to find a variety of programs for younger children.




  • Animal Care Volunteer

    • Dog Care:

      • Dog walking, training, & socializing

      • Kennel/Shelter Cleaning

      • Laundry & Dishes

      • Shredding Newspaper for kennel use


Please scroll through the images below for examples of what it looks like to be a Dog Care Volunteer:











  • Cat Care:

    • Cat training, & socializing

    • Cage/Shelter Cleaning

    • Laundry & Dishes

    • Shredding Newspaper for kennel use


Please scroll through the images below for examples of what it looks like to be a Cat Care Volunteer:
















































































Basic requirements for joining our volunteer team:


  1. Review the Volunteer Positions above and chose one that works best for your schedule and limitations (animal care positions are on a set weekly or bi-weekly commitment). 

  2. All volunteers need to be 16 years or older

  3. All volunteers need to be able to volunteer autonomously and be able to handle an unpredictable environment.

  4. Have a valid email address.

  5. Attend both orientation and training shifts.

  6. Pay the volunteer fee of $30 (this non-refundable donation helps offset volunteer costs and maintain our volunteer program). 


Additional Qualifications:


  1. An understanding and passion for animal welfare issues.

  2. A willingness to clean and help in any way needed.

  3. A positive attitude.

  4. An ability to work well independently and within a team.

  5. Attention to detail.


Steps to becoming a volunteer:


  1. Submit a volunteer application electronically.

  2. You will receive a follow-up email confirming that we received the application and a link to register for a Virtual New Volunteer Orientation.

  3. Attend the Virtual New Volunteer Orientation. This is an hour-long Zoom training that introduces you to the shelter, our volunteer program, fostering, and animal behavior and training. Once you are registered, the volunteer department will send you a Zoom link for you to use within 24 hours of your virtual orientation date.

  4. Once you have completed the New Volunteer Orientation, the volunteer department will contact you to arrange your training.

  5. After completion of your training, you will be ready to get started in your new role!

Please note: We no longer host court-ordered community service volunteers.

Group Volunteering:


Contact for more information!


  • Our Group Volunteer Program is designed for groups of adults (16+ years old) looking to help one time, for a few hours.

    • Company Volunteer Days

    • Service Projects

    • Organization Groups

  • Group volunteering generally includes a tour and a shelter project, as well as limited animal handling.




Coordinate a Fundraiser or Wish List Drive

View our Wish List »


Collect Newspapers

Remove all slick/shiny advertisements, please.


Cat and Dog Toy Collection/Creation


Make a Cat Tree

Learn more »


Make a Cat Bed


Make a Tie Fleece Blanket


Make a Feral Cat House


Sarah Brown

(847) 697-2880 ext 29


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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