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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Animal Services


Volunteering at DuPage County Animal Services

To follow best practices recommended by the CDC for social distancing, DuPage County Animal Services will not be holding group Volunteer Orientations and has temporarily suspended on-boarding new volunteers. Any updates or changes will be posted here. 

DuPage County Animal Services welcomes volunteers who support our mission and desire to make a contribution to the welfare of animals in our community.  Volunteers at Animal Services 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. 

Group volunteer opportunities - Animal Services is not able to accommodate groups for one-time volunteer opportunities.

The majority of volunteer opportunities are Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00-4:30.

Interested in becoming a Animal Services Volunteer?  Complete the following steps.

  • Review the requirements for volunteering (listed below).
  • Check the current open positions and the days/times when volunteers are needed (listed below). Essential duties are the most urgent in need of filling.
  • Attend an Informational Orientation Session. At the orientation you will learn more about commitment requirements, open positions and what volunteers do. To attend an Informational Orientation Session you will need sign up on-line. There are a limited number of open slots per session.
  • Complete any further training that you will need prior to volunteering in your role.


  • Volunteers must 18 years old to volunteer on their own.
  • Children must be a minimum of 10 years old. Any children between the ages of 10-17 must volunteer with a parent or legal guardian.
  • Volunteers commit to a weekly time-slot.
  • Adult volunteers commit to 6 months of volunteering.
  • Children between the ages of 10-17 commit to 3 months of volunteering.
  • Volunteers must complete all required training prior to volunteering.

Attend an Informational Orientation Session 

Information will be posted here with dates of orientations as they are scheduled. 

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 or current volunteer openings please call Dina at (630) 407-2805 or email

Next Steps: Review open positions (listed below) to see if any openings work with your schedule.  Attend an Informational Orientation Session. Please complete our Orientation Sign Up to reserve a spot in our informational session. There are a limited number of spaces per session and only those who have RSVP'd will be able to attend. Upcoming Informational Orientation Sessions:

  • All Informational Orientation Sessions have been suspended at this time

Current open volunteer opportunities: 

Volunteer opportunities will be posted when DCAS resumes on-boarding new volunteers.


      Descriptions of Volunteer Positions

      Adoption Cat Room Cleaning 

      • Monday - Friday 8:00am - 11:00am
      • Animal care volunteers are responsible for cleaning the adoption cat room (cleaning, feeding, grooming, and providing exercise).

      Dishes and Miscellaneous Kennel Assistance

      • Monday - Saturday, mid-morning
      • Volunteers assist with cleaning and sanitizing food dishes, litter pans, cages etc.
      • Volunteer will help with additional kennel assistance, laundry assistance, making enrichment items for shelter animals and other assistance as requested.

      Canine Care

      • Monday - Saturday
      • Dog walkers assist with getting all adoption dogs outside for their morning  and end of day potty breaks. 
      • Volunteers spend time with dogs needing additional exercise, socialization and training.

      Cat Socializer 

      • Mon. & Thurs 12:00pm - 7:00pm; Tues.,Wed., Fri. 1:00pm - 4:30pm
      • Volunteer to groom and 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. 

      Pet Photographer 

      This person will be responsible for taking digital photos of animals available for adoption for website & social media. Will need to also be able to resize/edit as needed and upload to google docs where  staff can access images. Must be 18 or older. Must be responsible and able to safely handle cats, dogs, rabbits, and other small animals. Previous animal handling experience and basic knowledge of animal behavior and body language is preferred. Preference will be given to applicants with animal photography experience. 

      • Commitment: We ask that Photography volunteers commit to at least one 1-hour session per week for a minimum of three months.