Get Involved

If you love animals and are interested in lending a helping hand—you've come to the right place. The Anti-Cruelty Society has provided shelter and medical care for hundreds of thousands of animals since 1899. Volunteers make our continued success possible by helping throughout our shelter, adoption centers, veterinary clinic, from home and beyond.


Bark in the Park - Saturday, May 3rd

Marking the event’s twentieth anniversary - this all-out extravaganzaa brings together the city’s biggest pet lovers to Montrose Harbor - and all to celebrate the work of The Anti-Cruelty Society. Part 5k walk and part pet festival, it’s one of the most anticipated events we host each year. And there’s one main component that is key to Bark in the Park’s success: volunteers!

To help us make this the best Bark yet – we are looking to recruit almost 200 volunteers to assist with anything and everything you can imagine. Whether you’re a current volunteer, a Bark alumn, first time helper, or have friends who are looking for ways to take part, we need you!

To learn more about available volunteer positions, and to sign up as an official Bark in the Park volunteer, please click here.


On-Site Adult Opportunities

In these programs volunteers work side-by-side with staff to help with the daily care, training, and placement of adoptable animals. Whether helping to groom messy puppies, socializing a shy cat, or answering an adopter’s questions, our on-site adult volunteer programs allow you to learn about animals while helping us with their placement into a forever home.

Visit our On-Site Programs page for more information about time commitments, candidate requirements, the application process and training details. Please note that, due to high candidate volumes, the current turn-around time to begin training for an on-site volunteer program is about two months.

Off-Site Adult Opportunities

If you're looking for a way to get involved beyond the shelter - or are currently unable to make a one year commitment for our on-site programs - consider taking part in one of our off-site special projects. From helping with community outreach as a Special Events or Street Team volunteer, to making crafts or gathering donations for the animals, there's many ways you can help from beyond the shelter.

Review our Off-Site Programs page for a list of short-term volunteer opportunities. 

Teen Opportunities

The Anti-Cruelty Society offers service-learning opportunities for teens who are looking to complete community service hours for school. The program includes activities that individual students or classrooms can perform to help us fulfill our mission of helping pets and educating people.

Additional information regarding service-learning opportunity can be found here.  For more information on coordinating student groups or projects for kids and teens, please email:  


The Foster Program

The Anti-Cruelty Society's dedicated group of foster volunteers provide temporary housing for animals who are not yet ready for adoption room placement. The individual love and care of a foster parent gives each animal an opportunity to flourish in a home, rather than in the shelter environment.

For more information about our foster program, home requirements, and an application, click here.

Group Opportunities

Whether for a school outing or corporate event, there are many ways in which outside groups can get involved with our community of caring. Whether by hosting a donation drive, or coordinating a toy crafting party for the animals, we'll help you plan your outreach event.

Click here to view additional details on how your team can help.

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