BECOME A VOLUNTEER

THANK YOU for your interest in becoming a volunteer

for Anderson Animal Shelter! 

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, our Volunteer Program 

has been suspended until further notice. 

Please keep in touch, as we will communicate updates on future opportunities as they become available. We can’t wait to meet you!

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.

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

 

 

  • 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:

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  • 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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

 

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, be able to volunteer autonomously and be able to handle an unpredictable environment.

  3. Have a valid email address.

  4. Attend both an orientation and training shifts.

  5. Pay the volunteer fee of $25 (includes a volunteer t-shirt, training pouch, training clicker, and access to our volunteer software).

 

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 New Volunteer Orientation.

  3. Once you are registered for orientation, our Volunteer Manager will contact you to confirm your Volunteer Position and availability.

  4. Attend the New Volunteer Orientation. This is a training that lasts about three hours and introduces you to the shelter, our volunteer program, fostering, and animal behavior and training.

  5. Once you have completed the New Volunteer Orientation, you are ready to start your training shift(s) (to be covered in orientation).

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

Group Volunteering:

 

Contact events@andersonanimalshelter.org 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.

 

 

 

 

WAYS TO HELP AT HOME

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

http://video.about.com/cats/Homemade-Cat-Bed.htm

http://www.ehow.com/how_4853628_make-cat-beds.html

 

Make a Tie Fleece Blanket

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Fleece-Tie-Blanket
http://robin.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Make-a-Blanket
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feOWC7bsX70

 

Make a Feral Cat House

https://www.neighborhoodcats.org/how-to-tnr/colony-care/feral-cat-winter-shelter

https://www.alleycat.org/resources/how-to-build-an-outdoor-shelter

 
 
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM INQUIRIES

Sarah Brown

(847) 697-2880 ext 29

sbrown@andersonanimalshelter.org

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.

NORTH AURORA

Adoption Center

180 N Randall Road

North Aurora, IL 60542

Next to Pet Supplies Plus

(847) 697-2880 ext 80

northaurora@andersonanimalshelter.org

Adoption Center Hours

Mon–Fri      Noon–6pm

Sat             11am–6pm

Sun            11am–5pm

Adoptions stop 30 mins before close of business.

SOUTH ELGIN

Main Shelter

1000 S La Fox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

(847) 697-2880

(847) 697-8229 fax

info@andersonanimalshelter.org

Adoption Center Hours

Mon–Fri      Noon–7pm

​Sat-Sun   11am–5pm

Adoptions stop 30 mins before close of business.

BLOOMINGDALE

Adoption Center

412 W Army Trail Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Inside Petco

(847) 697-2880 ext 90

bloomingdale@andersonanimalshelter.org

Adoption Center Hours

Mon–Fri      Noon–6pm

​Sat-Sun      11am–6pm

Adoptions stop 30 mins before close of business.

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

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

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