Reading Buddy Program

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s new Reading Buddy program invites animal lovers to put their compassion to action. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to sit with one of our designated Reading Buddy pets and read to them from their favorite book. Take part in this drop-in volunteer project and you’ll be keeping adoptable pets company while helping them to relax in this busy environment. Supporters looking to complete community service hours are encouraged to participate. Learn more here.

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.

Junior Crafting Crew

If you’re looking for a one-day, on-site volunteer opportunity for your group at the Society, consider signing up to become a Junior Crafting Crew! This onsite program engages youth clubs or classes to help shelter animals in a practical way by crafting enrichment projects using common everyday materials. Click here  for details and more information on how to schedule your session.

Service Learning Projects

The 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.

The Society at Chicago City of Learning

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



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