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Volunteering with animals is a rewarding experience. Our animals enjoy the extra attention and exercise from our volunteers.  Our volunteers provide extra love and support to the animals. There are various opportunities in the shelter, and at our partnering adoption sites, for volunteers to help.

Volunteers must be a least 18 years old and pass a background check. All cats and dogs that live at the volunteers address must be current with a rabies shot and county rabies tag. All Volunteers must attend an initial orientation and a brief mentoring period. New volunteer orientations are held the third Wednesday of the month at 6pm. Regular volunteer meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm.

If interested please view the Volunteer Information Form and the Volunteer Application form. Once you complete the application, you can mail it to 4517 N. Main Street, Rockford IL  or drop it off to us.

Volunteer Opportunities

Animal Caretaker

  • Directly involved in aiding with exercise, socialization and training of our cats and dogs.

Adoption Counseling

  • Great opportunity for volunteers with strong person-to-person skills.
  • Help match potential adopting parents with suitable pets. 
  • Ask visitors questions and gathering information about their lifestyle and what they are looking for to ensure a happy, satisfying adoption.

Foster Care

  • Great opportunity for nurturing volunteers with a little extra room in their home. 
  • Help take care of kittens or puppies that are too young to be adopted or those that need a little bit more care and socialization.

PetSmart Adoption

  • Distribute information and answer questions about WCAS, adoption, various pet related issues and educate the public on the problem of pet overpopulation.
  • Volunteers may be required to handle cats available for adoption.
  • Duties include cleaning and sanitizing cages, replacing bedding if needed, changing food and water and giving playtime.

Internet Photos

  • Excellent opportunity for volunteers who enjoy taking pictures.
  • Pictures increase the dog or cat's adoptability by showing their personality.

PetSmart Cage Cleaning

  • Duties include cleaning and sanitizing cages, replacing bedding if needed, changing food and water and giving playtime.
  • For volunteers that enjoy spending time with cats.
ID Your Cat or Dog!
Use a rabies tag, microchip, or an ID tag with your name and current phone number.  

Winnebago County Animal Services
4517 North Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103
P: 815-319-4100
F: 815-319-4101

Shelter Hours:
Monday: 12pm until 7pm
Tuesday thru Friday: 12pm until 5pm
Saturday: 11am until 4pm
Sunday: Closed

Adoptions end 1/2 hour before closing.