Teens Who Care

Are you an animal loving teen who wants to make a difference? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

The Anti-Cruelty Society has been providing shelter and medical care to hundreds of thousands of animals since 1899. This is only possible thanks to hard-working, dedicated individuals who share a passion for helping animals and the people that love them. Volunteers have long been a backbone of the Society, providing much needed assistance in every department to ensure that the shelter continues to operate smoothly, and that the animals in our care stay happy and healthy while they wait for their forever homes. Now, the torch is ready to be passed to the next generation.

The Teens Who Care volunteer program gives teens ages 13-18 an opportunity to do hands-on volunteer work throughout different departments at The Anti-Cruelty Society. Youth have an opportunity to earn service learning hours, hone job skills, learn about animal behavior, and more in this exciting hands-on volunteer program. Learn more about the program below!

Program Requirements

  • Commitment to The Anti-Cruelty Society mission and philosophies
  • Positive attitude
  • Able to work independently or on a team
  • Maintain a professional demeanor
  • Able to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Eagerness to learn
  • Able to commit to program attendance requirements
  • Must submit an application and attend an in-person interview

Winter 2019 Schedule

(application deadline: December 7, 2018)
Orientation: December 28, 2018
Program Days: January 2–5, 2019
Program Hours: 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Summer I 2019

(application deadline: June 21, 2019)
Orientation: July 5, 2019
Program Days: July 10, 11, 12; 17, 18, 19
Program Hours: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Summer II 2019

(application deadline: July 19, 2019)
Orientation: August 9, 2019
Program Days: August 14, 15, 16; 21, 22, 23
Program Hours: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Click here to apply!


Program Responsibilities:

Teens Who Care volunteers will provide support by helping with:

  • Cleaning Assistance
  • Enrichment Construction
  • Office Assistance
  • Special Event Assistance
  • Plant Care
  • Animal Socialization

Have questions? Email teens@anticruelty.org or call (312)644-8095 for answers!

Thank you to our partners whose support makes our work possible