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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Animal Services


Volunteering at DuPage County Animal Services

 DuPage County Animal Services is not currently onboarding new in-shelter volunteers, however DCAS continues to welcome new foster volunteers. For more information on becoming a foster volunteer, please visit our foster care webpage

Susan with Frank ResizedPlans for in-person volunteering (please understand that the following plans may shift due to changes with the Covid-19 pandemic, or due to shelter needs):
  • Current Volunteers - DCAS hopes to invite current, trained volunteers to the shelter as public health restrictions loosen in the community, and as the need arises at the shelter. Current volunteers will be invited back in waves and will receive email communication when positions become available. 
  • New Volunteers - DCAS hopes to start welcoming new volunteers in 2022

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. 


    • 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. 



          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.