The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Volunteering at DuPage County Animal Control

DuPage County Animal Control welcomes volunteers who support our mission and desire to make a contribution to the welfare of animals in our community.  Volunteers at DuPage County Animal Care and Control play a crucial role in helping to care for the animals, as well as provide enrichment, training and socialization for the animals in our care.

DCACC is currently looking for volunteers that can commit to a weekly schedule of 1-3 hours per week.  We are particularly in need of volunteers with daytime availability.  The list below describes some of the volunteer opportunities available.  For more information about current volunteer openings please contact Dina at (630) 407-2805 or email .

Interested in becoming a DCACC Volunteer?  Complete a Volunteer Application online.

Once your application has been submitted you will be contacted via email by the Volunteer Coordinator to schedule a volunteer orientation.  Please note that it may take a few weeks before you are contacted about upcoming orientations.  Once you have attended an orientation, you will need to attend a hands-on training specific to your volunteer assignment.  The entire process from submitting an application through being fully trained and ready to volunteer may take up to a month.

Animal Care Volunteers - Adoption Cat Room Cleaning

  • Monday - Friday 8am - 11am
  • Animal care volunteers are responsible for cleaning the adoption cat room (cleaning, feeding, grooming, and providing exercise).

Morning Dog Walkers

  • Monday - Friday 8 am
  • Dog walkers assist with getting all adoption dogs outside for their morning potty break.  After each dog has been taken out, volunteers can then spend extra time with dogs needing additional exercise and socialization.

Dog Walker/Cat Socializer

  • Mon. &Thurs 12:00pm - 7:00pm; Tues.,Wed., Fri. 12:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Volunteer to walk, and exercise adoption dogs and groom & exercise adoption cats.

Animal Pals

  • Wednesdays 10:00am - 11:00am
  • Accompany shelter staff and adoptable pets to the DuPage County Convalescent Center to visit with residents.

Small Animal Volunteers

  • Small animal volunteers clean, socialize and exercise adoption rabbits and other small animals.  Previous rabbit handling experience is highly recommended.  Daytime availability is desired.

Petco Adoption Cat Volunteers

  • Seven days a week during store hours.
  • The Wheaton Petco in Danada East houses DuPage County Animal Care and Control adoption cats and kittens.  Volunteers clean cages, socialize cats and kittens and assist with adoptions.  For more information on joining this team of volunteers please contact Dina at (630) 407-2805.

Foster Care

  • Provide temporary care for domestic animals in your home until they are ready for adoption.  The majority of animals needing foster care are orphaned kittens, however there are times that dog foster homes are needed. Animals in foster care require cleaning, socialization, behavior modification and medical care.
    View more information and application for Foster Kitten Program

Volunteer Now!  Click here tocomplete a Volunteer Application online

We welcome youth volunteers.  Individuals under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent at all times. Both the youth and the parent must fill out a volunteer application.  Any youth that are volunteering for required service credit must complete three months of volunteer service prior to service requirement deadlines.
For more information about specific programs please call Dina at (630) 407-2805 or email