Off-Site Opportunities

If you’re looking for a way to get involved outside of the shelter, or are currently unable to make a 1-year commitment to one of our on-site programs, consider taking part in one of our off-site volunteer programs. From helping with community outreach as a special events or street team volunteer to making crafts and enrichment items for the animals, there are many ways for you to get involved.

Special Events

If you’re interested in representing The Anti-Cruelty Society at our special events, consider training to be a Special Events Ambassador. In this role, people from the community act as ambassadors for our organization by attending mixers, fundraisers, donation drives, outreach parties, and other social meet-ups on our behalf.

Special Event Ambassador trainings are done on a one-on-one basis. If you’re interested in scheduling a training session, contact our Special Events team at

Bark in the Park

The Anti-Cruelty Society is currently recruiting volunteers to take part in our largest fundraiser of the year, Bark in the Park! Join The Anti-Cruelty Society as we celebrate our 23rd Annual Bark in the Park 5K Walk and fundraiser on Sunday, May 21 at the Soldier Field Stadium Green. Bark in the Park is the Society’s single largest fundraising event of the year and 100% of all funds raised directly support the sick, injured, and homeless animals that come through our doors 365 days a year.

Bark in the Park participants will enjoy sweeping skyline views as they stroll along Chicago’s famous lakefront path surrounded by fellow animal lovers and their canine companions. The walk will be followed by a morning and afternoon of fun activities such as canine agility courses, product samples from small business sponsors, dog massages, a pawdicure spa, caricature drawings, arts and crafts, relay races, family friendly activities, souvenir photos, and a 50/50 cash raffle.

If you are interested in taking part as an individual or group, please complete the Bark in the Park Volunteer Sign-Up form.

The Society Street Team

This group of animal-loving volunteers works closely with our marketing team to get the word out about upcoming events, campaigns, and advocacy calls. For more details on how to get involved click here.

Virtual Fosters

Is there a cat or dog in our adoption gallery that you’ve been cyber-stalking? Would you like to use your social networks for a good cause to help adopt a shelter pet out? If so – join our Virtual Foster team! Details on how you can help spread the word about adoptable animals can be found here.

Pet Visitation

Do you have a dog that is super social and well-behaved? Have you dreamed of volunteering side-by-side with your pet? If so, then the Pet Visitation Program sounds like a perfect fit! For additional details on joining the Pet Visitation Team, click here.

Do-It-Yourself Donations

Enrich the lives of shelter pets by creating fun and functional crafts from home. From no-sew to crochet, we have a variety of techniques and projects that you can create and then donate to needy shelter animals. For a list of all of our DIY projects, click here.

Knitters for Critters

In this fun, hands-on opportunity, volunteers can knit or crochet blankets and toys for homeless pets. We’ll even provide you with a Knitters for Critters starter kit filled with yarn, needles, instructions and more! Learn more about this help-from-home volunteer opportunity here.

Thank you to our partners whose support makes our work possible