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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Animal Services


Volunteering at DuPage County Animal Services

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    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. 

    Please review the requirements and open positions. Information on upcoming orientations can be found below the position listings. 


      • 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. 


            Open Volunteer Positions

            Adoption Cat Room Cleaning 

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

              Animal Client Service & Adoption Assistant 

              • Mon & Thurs 5pm-7pm, Sat mornings and afternoons
              • Volunteers provide client support, working behind the scenes answering questions and reviewing adoption applications

              Cat Pawsitive Training 

              • Mon - Fri - 11am - 1pm. Frequency 2-3 times per week. 
              • Experienced Cat Volunteers help prepare cats for adoptable homes by teaching training behaviors and providing enrichment activities. 

              Clean Freak - Dishes and Miscellaneous Kennel Assistance

              • Mon, Fri - mid-morning
              • Mon, Thurs 5:00
              • 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.  

                      STAR Dog Handlers  

                      • Flexible Schedule
                      • Experienced Medium-Large Dog Handling Volunteers help staff better prepare dogs for adoptable homes through teaching behavior basics, implementing moderate behavior modification, and providing calming enrichment activities. Should be comfortable handling medium-large dogs
                      • STAR Dog Volunteers go through a 14 week training program to prepare for working with a wide variety of dogs at the shelter

                      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.

                      Upcoming Volunteer Orientation

                      If you are available for one of the above positions, please contact Dina Schubert at  for next steps. 


                      DCAS continues to welcome new foster volunteers. For more information on becoming a foster volunteer, please visit our foster care webpage