Limited Volunteer Opportunities for 2021

Due to the pandemic, we currently have only limited openings for new volunteers on our morning (8:30-11:00am) and afternoon (12-3pm) shifts, Monday through Friday.  We have an extensive wait list for all other shifts.  Our summer and group volunteer programs are on hold until further notice.



Without the compassion and dedication of our volunteers, the West Suburban Humane Society would not exist!

We depend on them to help with the care, feeding and transporation of animals; the foster care of dogs, puppies, cats or kittens; clerical work; humane education; fundraising; public events; and so much more!

For information about group volunteering or service projects, please click here.


Basic requirements for joining our volunteer team:
  1. Commit to a regular shift (bi-weekly on weekends) for at least one year.
    1. Most shifts last two to three hours.
    2. A limited number of summer-only shifts are available each summer. See below for more information.
  2. Meet our age requirements - you must be at least 16 to volunteer independently.
    1. Children aged 12-15 must volunteer with a parent or guardian when working with the dogs.
    2. Children aged 10-15 must volunteer with a parent or guardian when working with the cats.
  3. Have a valid email address.
  4. Attend both an orientation and training.
  5. Purchase a volunteer t-shirt ($10).

Additional Qualifications

  1. An understanding and passion for animal welfare issues.
  2. A willingness to clean and help in any way needed.
  3. A positive attitude.
  4. An ability to work well independently and within a team.
  5. Attention to detail.

Steps to becoming a volunteer:

  1. Submit a volunteer application electronically.
  2. You will receive an email confirming that we received the application.  Please check your spam folder for our email responses. Please email us back to confirm your commitment to becoming a volunteer.
  3. When there are shift openings, we will notify you of which shifts are available and orientation times.  You will need to select a shift time. If there is not one that fits your schedule at that time, no big deal. Let the volunteer coordinator know and you will be contacted with future openings.
  4. Once you are assigned to a shift, you will need to attend the New Volunteer Orientation. This is a training that lasts 45 minutes to an hour and introduces you to the shelter, our volunteer program, and the basic responsibilties of your new volunteer position.
  5. Once you have completed training, you will be ready to get started on your shift, where you will shadow an experienced volunteer until you are comfortable on your own.

We will work to match your availability with our needs.  The process of becoming a new volunteer can take a few weeks to a few months.  If you have any questions, please contact the volunteer coordinator at 630-960-9600 x 45 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteer Position Descriptions

What do volunteers do at the shelter? Read about the shift descriptions below!


Summer Volunteers - On Hold for 2021

If you can only volunteer during the summer months, you can still help out! Each summer we have a limited number of summer-only positions. Applications for summer volunteering are due by May 15. Please tell us on your applicaton that you want to volunteer for the summer only. We will hold orientation and training session at the end of May and beginning of June for summer positions.

Group Volunteering - On Hold for 2021

Looking for a rewarding group experience for your office or class? WE always need help at WSHS! From scrubbing the kennels to weeding our garden, we have a service project for you.  Learn more about our group volunteering opportunities and then complete a Group Volunteer Application. Submit it via fax at 630-960-9604 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Donate to WSHS

johnny jumpupWSHS can accept credit-card donations online using a secure server. Click on the Donate Now button. You can choose how your donation will be used! All donations are tax deductible.

In addition to monetary donations, we are always grateful for non-monetary donations. Click here to find a list of accepted items we would greatly appreciate receiving.