Volunteer at CACC


We are often asked how to best help the dogs and cats at the city’s animal shelter - volunteering is one of the best ways!

Volunteers work to introduce families to pets who will treasure them for life; improve the quality of life for the animals by providing enrichment, exercise, and TLC; prepare pets for their new homes through training and socialization; and inspire others to adopt, foster, volunteer, and donate. At the end of the day, volunteers go home knowing they made a difference in the life of a shelter animal.

Everyone has something to offer.

No matter what your experience level is, you will have the opportunity to provide hands-on care for the animals at CACC as well as other ways to help including:

  • Walk, socialize, and show dogs available for adoption
  • Socialize, exercise, and show adoptable cats
  • Adoption Counseling
  • Off-site events (adoptions, vaccine, and microchip clinics, etc.)
  • Social Media and Marketing

Plus, 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!

To become a Volunteer at CACC you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Complete the City of Chicago Fingerprint/Background check
  • Attend a CACC Volunteer Information Session
  • Be able to commit to at least one day per week or 10 hours per month. 
  • Provide proof of COVID vaccinated for Covid-19
  • Note: We strongly suggest that you have a current tetanus shot (within the last five years)

Interested candidates should plan to attend our next Volunteer Information Session to:

  • Learn how the shelter operates
  • Review our volunteer opportunities
  • Tour the shelter
  • Receive information on how to complete the application process
  • Information Sessions are held virtually twice a month.


  • Saturday, March 16, 2024 - 10:30 a.m
  • Sunday, April 21, 2024 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 18, 2024 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, June 23, 2024 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 20, 2024 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, August 18, 2024 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 21, 2024 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 20, 2024 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 16, 2024 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 15, 2024 - 10:30 a.m.

 Application Process:

  • Apply to become a volunteer through the City of Chicago Department of Human Resources application portal
  • Be available for a short interview process with CACC
  • If selected, you would have to submit to a fingerprint background check
    • After you submit to the fingerprint background check process, you may schedule training for specific tasks at CACC
    • After your fingerprints are cleared, you can begin interacting with the animals at CACC.


Important Program Documents for Review:

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Handbook


Sign-up here! 


 Save A Life - Volunteer at Chicago's Animal Shelter

Volunteer Brochure

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