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Volunteering at Chicago Animal Care and Control

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If you love animals, we need you! 

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.  You will play with these animals, socialize them, assist with training, keep their space clean, provide adoption support and much more.

Lost Pet Volunteers are needed to experience the incredible joy in reuniting a lost pet with its owner.

As an Adoption Screening Volunteer you would educate the public about being a responsible pet owner. 

Finally, a Volunteer Veterinarian, must be currently licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Illinois. 

Interested candidate should be available to volunteer between the hours of 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm any day of the week.


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.

Click Here for our CACC Volunteer Handbook 

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

  •  December 3, 2016, Saturday, 10:30 am

You must register in advance for orientation sign up.
Please also complete the CACC volunteer application and bring with you  at orientation.


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 and complete the application, you will receive information to be fingerprinted and once complete, you will attend a special training for the volunteer position you are interested in.



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