Level I

Entry-Level Volunteer Program

Level I volunteering is our entry-level volunteer program. To become a volunteer in this program, you must be at least 18 years old and be available to volunteer for 5 hours each month for a one-year commitment. You can help cats, dogs, or both in this program. Learn more about each program below. 

Volunteers in this program are vital in helping our visitors make a life-long connection with the cats available for adoption. Volunteers provide assistance by handling cats for visitors, answering questions, facilitating successful adoption matches, and helping guests complete the first portion of their adoption application. Volunteers on this team work in our Cat Adopts room, as well as in our two cage-free living areas called Charlotte’s Cat Corner. To learn more about this volunteer program, review the manual here.

Program hours: Weekdays from 12:00–7:00 p.m. and weekends from 12:00–5:00 p.m. 
Program location: The Anti-Cruelty Society 510 N. LaSalle St. 

In addition to our basic volunteer requirements, successful candidates for this program will have:

  • An outgoing personality
  • Customer service experience
  • Basic animal handling skills
  • Enthusiasm for working with the public
  • The ability to lift up to 20 pounds
     

Volunteers in this program work with our staff to provide additional care, grooming, and socialization for our cats to help alleviate stress and maintain the health and sociability of the felines in the Cat Adopts room. After completing 25 hours in this program, volunteers have the option to cross-train into Cat Care II. To learn more about this volunteer program, review the manual here.
Program hours: Weekdays and weekends from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Program location: The Anti-Cruelty Society 510 N. LaSalle St. 

In addition to our basic volunteer requirements, successful candidates for this program will have:

  • A caring personality
  • Strong observational skills
  • Basic animal handling experience
  • An eagerness to learn
  • Comfort with working independently
  • The ability to lift up to 20 pounds
     

Volunteers in this program are vital in helping our visitors make a life-long connection with the dogs available for adoption. They provide assistance by handling dogs for visitors, answering questions, facilitating successful adoption matches, and helping guests complete the first portion of their adoption application. Volunteers on this team are also taught our positive reinforcement training methods to help us educate the public in proper dog handling, care, and training. To learn more about this volunteer program, review the manual here.
Program hours: Weekdays from 12:00–7:00 p.m. and weekends from 12:00–5:00 p.m. 
Program location: The Anti-Cruelty Society 510 N. LaSalle St. 

In addition to our basic volunteer requirements, successful candidates for this program will have:

  • An outgoing personality
  • Customer service experience
  • Basic animal handling skills
  • Enthusiasm for working with the public 
  • The ability to lift up to 30 pounds
     

Volunteers in this program work with staff to provide additional care, grooming, and socialization to help alleviate stress and maintain the health and sociability of the canines in the Dog Adopts room. Volunteers on this team are also taught our positive reinforcement training methods that help us teach the dogs manners and basic life skills. After completing 25 hours in this program and demonstrating the development of their dog handling skills, volunteers have the option to cross-train into Dog Care II. To learn more about this volunteer program, review the manual here.
Program hours: Weekdays and weekends from 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
Program location: The Anti-Cruelty Society 510 N. LaSalle St. 

In addition to our basic volunteer requirements, successful candidates for this program will have:

  • A caring personality
  • Strong observational skills
  • An eagerness to learn
  • Basic animal handling experience
  • Comfort with working independently
  • The ability to lift up to 30 pounds
  • The ability to make quick and informed decisions