Volunteering at Chicago Animal Care and Control

Please note that due to COVID-19 all current volunteer shifts have been cancelled and new volunteer orientations have been  limited until further notice. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, keep checking back for further instructions.  We are hopeful to be able to onboard new volunteers later in the summer.


Woman Volunteer with Dog

Make a big difference in the life of a homeless animal.  Become a CACC volunteer! 

No matter what your experience level is, you will have the opportunity to provide hands-on care fro the pets available for Adoption at Animal Care & Control.  We currently have the following volunteer opportunities available:

  • Walk, socialize and show dogs available for adoption
  • Socialize, excercise, and show adoptable cats
  • Adoption screening
  • Assisting at off-site adoption events and vaccine/microchip clinics

You can volunteer at the shelter between the hours of 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. almost any day of the year!

Sign up for one of our general volunteer orientations.  We hope to see you soon!


To become a Volunteer at Animal Care and Control you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Complete the City of Chicago Fingerprint/Background check
  • Complete Animal Care & Control's volunteer orientation program
  • Certify that you have had a tetnus shot in the last five years
  • Be able to commit to at least one day per week or 10 hours per month.

Download the CACC Volunteer Handbook


Interested candidates should plan to attend our next Volunteer Information session:Man with Dog.

  • Orientation Dates to be determined

We will be discussing how the shelter operates, different volunteer opportunities, and will be providing a tour.  If you haven't already done so, you'll be completing your volunteer application at the session so be sure to have the following information when you attend:

  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Social Security Number
  • State ID or Drivers License
  • Date of your last tetanus shot

The orientation will be held in our auditorium at Chicago Animal Care & Control - 2741 S. Western Ave, Chicago, IL  60608.  Once you attend orientation, you will receive information to be fingerprinted and once complete, you will attend a training for the volunteer position you are interested in.

 Save A Life - Volunteer

Volunteer Brochure

 VALOR - Veterans Advancing Lives of Rescues

VALOR  - Veterans Advancing Lives of Rescues is a partnership of Safe Humane Chicago with CACC and Thresholds Veterans Project, made successful by veterans needing to serve and be connected, dogs needing to please and be connected and volunteers giving and connecting.  Veterans and Court Case Dogs team up to discover the benefits of the human-animal bond; new skills, resiliency, compassion and healing.  Veterans Advancing Lives of Rescues video.