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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

            Clean Freak

            • Alternating Sundays 10am
            • Thursdays 10am
            • Volunteers clean and sanitize dishes, litter plans, cages, carriers, and enrichment items. Cleanliness and sanitizing is important for the health and well-being of animals in the shelter. 

                  Cat Pawsitive Training 

                  • Mon - Fri - 11am - 1pm. Frequency 2-3 times per week. 
                  • Must be 18 and over
                  • Experienced Cat Volunteers help prepare cats for adoptable homes by using basic positive reinforcement clicker training to teach basic behaviors, combat stress and provide enrichment. 
                  • Recruitment will open September 2022 *based on need

                    Rabbit Socializing

                    • Alternating Saturdays 10:30-2:30
                    • Rabbit handling experience required
                    • Volunteers socialize with rabbits and provide them with pen time for exercise.

                                  Volunteer Orientation and Onboarding

                                  If you are available for one of the above positions, please email the appropriate volunteer coordinator by clicking one of the following links: 

                                  Canine Volunteer Coordinator

                                  General Volunteer Coordinator


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