Kids & Teens

The Anti-Cruelty Society offers a variety of ways in which teenagers and children can become involved in our community of caring. Whether it’s by helping on-site, collecting donations for animals in our care, or taking part in one of our educational programs, we offer a number of ways for youth and kids to get involved.

Opportunities for Kids: 

Kids Who Care: The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Kids Who Care program offers families an opportunity to engage in our work while providing valuable education to kids and adults alike. During an on-site Kids Who Care event families learn more about proper animal care, make a toy for an adoptable dog, read a book to a resident cat, prepare snacks for one of our small mammals, and decorate an adoption poster for an available pet. If you have a child between the ages of 2-10 this is a great way to make a direct impact in a shelter animal’s life.

Youth Who Care: A 4 week long animal advocacy and volunteer program for youth ages 10 – 13 years old. This exciting opportunity will be hosted at The Anti-Cruelty Society and during the course of the program participants will learn about a variety of topics including animal behavior, training, care and other animal welfare issues. Students will be able to earn a total of 8 service learning hours during the course of the program.

Opportunities for Teens:

Teens Who Care: This program aims to provide a hands-on volunteer experience for high school youth ages 14-18. Participants will help our animals find homes by performing supportive tasks throughout the shelter departments such as cleaning, animal socialization, administrative assistance, and more.

After School Advocates: The After School Advocates program empowers high school students to explore animal welfare issues that affect the Chicago community. After School Advocates gives participants the opportunity to gain valuable insights into animal shelter operations, positive reinforcement training, animal careers, animal abuse in the community, and animal advocacy, while receiving informative presentations from professionals in the field. This limited admission, 5-week program takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with three sessions per year.

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Service Learning Projects/DIY DonationsThe Anti-Cruelty Society offers a wide range of home- and classroom-based service learning projects. They are ideal for students in need of service learning hours, scout troops looking to earn a badge, or teachers in search of a classroom project. Each different project is worth a specific amount of hours, but you can mix and match to suit your needs.

Veterinary Mentoring Program: The Anti-Cruelty Society, in partnership with The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, offers an exciting program for high school students with a serious interest in veterinary medicine or animal science related careers. The Veterinary Mentoring Program is an academic program that introduces students to the many areas of science that they will encounter in veterinary school. Students attend seminars one Saturday a month at which they explore various topics and learn how clinical science is used to diagnosis and treat injury and disease in animals.

If you are interested in learning more about any of our volunteer opportunities for children or teens, please contact our Humane Education team at

Thank you to our partners whose support makes our work possible