Put Your Compassion to Action
The Anti-Cruelty Society’s mission is to build a healthy and happy community where pets and people thrive together. We have provided shelter and care for thousands of animals since our founding in 1899. Volunteers make our continued success possible by helping throughout our shelter, adoption centers, veterinary clinic, community, and even from the comfort of their own homes.
Volunteering with The Anti-Cruelty Society is a unique experience. As a volunteer, you will become an integral part of our team, providing direct assistance to staff who are supporting the programs and services that sustain our mission.
We have a variety of volunteer programs for people of all ages and skillsets that let you put your compassion into action. Learn more about how you can work with us to build a humane Chicago by exploring the available programs below.
“There are so many wonderful pets out there, young and old, purebred and mutt, just waiting for a second chance and a loving home.”
"I love the hands-on work that I do with the animals. There is nothing more rewarding than getting a wet, sloppy kiss from one of my furry friends."
"We are one team with one goal and unparalleled satisfaction as we all join forces at The Anti-Cruelty Society to help wonderful animals find their forever homes!"