Become a Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in joining our volunteer team! 


Here is where it all starts, please submit your volunteer application here!

Onsite Volunteer Application

Continue reading to learn about our training process and options for groups, families, and teens.


We recognize the valuable role that volunteers play, which is why we are committed to providing training and support to every volunteer who engages with our organization. We have developed a comprehensive volunteer training curriculum to equip you for your volunteer journey. 

Volunteer Onboarding 

Step 1: Submit a volunteer application. Create a profile on the “MyImpactPage” website to complete a volunteer application to begin training.  

Step 2: Complete online training. Our online training curriculum provides you with a general overview of Anti-Cruelty's mission, vision, values, and guiding principles. You’ll learn more about the impact we make in the community, while learning more about the services and programs available to both pets and people. The online training also includes a review of the Volunteer Handbook and an introduction to Fear Free Certification.  

Step 3: Attend Volunteer Orientation. Join us for an in-person orientation to learn more about volunteering while receiving a behind-the-scenes tour of the River North facility. When signing up for orientation you will be prompted to pay a $25 training fee, which covers the cost of your Volunteer Welcome Kit. This kit includes your volunteer t-shirt, ID badge, and program-specific supplies and is provided once you’ve completed all 4 steps of the training curriculum. Training fee scholarships are available. Email for details.  

Step 4: Complete Core training. Learn the basics of spot-cleaning, laundry, and animal body language as you prepare to support staff to provide the core needs for animals in the shelter. You’ll also receive a review of animal body language, volunteer basics, and how to navigate the facility.   
Ongoing Training Opportunities 

Once a volunteer has completed 5 hours in Core they qualify to train into Shelter Level 1 volunteer programs.  

Under 18? Check out the volunteer opportunities for kids and families, and teens.  

Looking for group volunteer opportunities? Check out current opportunities for corporate and school groups here

For questions about our volunteer onboarding process, email us at