Get Involved with A.D.O.P.T.

A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter provides assistance to hundreds of animals each year, we are able to do this only with the help of our supporters. There are many ways to get involved from becoming a foster family to volunteering at the shelter or by simply becoming an A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter member you can help us make a difference “Until Every Pet Has A Home.”

Fostering an animal

An important component of the A.D.O.P.T. organization is our foster homes. The principle behind fostering is to provide one of our homeless dogs or cats with a stable environment in order to evaluate their personality, habits, needs and behaviors. This allows us the opportunity to gain information that is useful in finding the appropriate permanent home for the animal. We need caring, responsible adults to join our licensed foster home team by opening their homes and their hearts to a special dog or cat in need. We require a completed application for fostering be provided to the foster coordinators. Our foster’s must be licensed with the State of Illinois. It is not a difficult process, and if you are interested in being a foster the paperwork and information will all be provided to you. The animals we typically look to place in a foster home are kittens that are too young to be adopted, dogs or cats that that are recovering from a medical issue, have an emotional issue, a training need or one that has just been at our shelter too long and can use a break while we continue to search for the perfect home. In addition to being a fun and rewarding experience, fostering can be time consuming and both physically and emotionally demanding.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about fostering an animal. 

A.D.O.P.T. Membership

Join us in saving lives!

In the critical battle against pet overpopulation, A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter needs your support. Please join us in helping those many voiceless creatures who are in need of permanent loving homes.

Our members are the backbone of our organization, a group on whom we call to help support the needs of our organization and those values that make A.D.O.P.T. unique.

Won’t you become a member today?

2017 Membership Options
Individual – Includes one A.D.O.P.T. special Member t-shirt.
Family – Includes four A.D.O.P.T. special Member t-shirts.
Lifetime – Includes four A.D.O.P.T. special Member t-shirts plus your name engraved on Member Plaque displayed at A.D.O.P.T.

For additional information or questions about membership contact chris@adoptpetshelter.org

Volunteer at A.D.O.P.T.

Our volunteers are the engine that keeps A.D.O.P.T. running!

All volunteers will need to submit a completed Volunteer Application and attend an orientation session (after application is submitted) prior to starting volunteer work. All volunteers will receive a copy of the Volunteer Manual at the orientation. Please note, volunteers must be 18 years and older, and be current on their tetanus vaccine. Fee for volunteer orientation, training and A.D.O.P.T. t-shirt is $25 per person, payable at the orientation with check or credit card.

Please note: Volunteering cannot be used for community service hours.

Please submit your application and our volunteer coordinator will contact you with more information.

Click here for the volunteer application form.

Contact our volunteer coordinator, with questions at jill@adoptpetshelter.org.

There are many opportunities for volunteer participation at A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter. For specific volunteer roles, activities and contacts are listed below. If you have any questions about types of volunteer work, contact jill@adoptpetshelter.org.

Volunteer Login

Current Volunteers can log in here.

Volunteer Roles

Animal Care (Dogs and Cats)
Volunteer at the shelter caring for the animals. This includes providing animals with fresh food and water, cleaning the kennels/cages and dog runs, leash-walking dogs, grooming those animals in need, and providing ample love and attention to our shelter animals. Individuals can volunteer with cats, with dogs, or both.

Foster Program
Dogs: Experienced fosters are needed to care for specific dogs requiring consistency in their routine or possibly special attention. In addition, fosters for litters of puppies are occasionally needed.

Cats: We are always on the lookout for foster homes that will open their doors to pregnant cats, cats with kittens, orphaned kittens, as well as special needs animals.

Data Entry
Volunteers will help with entering various pieces of information into our customized applications. We are seeking individuals who are detail-oriented and well organized.

Front Desk Greeter
Front Desk Coverage is needed throughout the week and weekend.   Front Desk Coverage involves answering phones and greeting shelter guests; exceptional customer service skills are necessary.  This is the position where you will need to learn the most about how the shelter runs, as you will be answering lots of questions!

Facilities Maintenance
Throughout the year, help is often needed with various indoor tasks as well as outdoor projects.  In addition, special projects involving computer and data technologies arise.

Medical
A.D.O.P.T.’s medical clinic is always looking for volunteers. If you have a medical background and would like to utilize your talents volunteering with our medical team we need you!

Marketing & Public Relations
There is a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available in this area, including writing and posting press releases, assisting in promotion of services and events, & creating brochures and flyers as needed.

Fundraising & Friendraising
Volunteers are always needed to help with information tables, fundraising activities, and events.  Typically these events are posted on our website.  If you are interested, we can use your help!

A.D.O.P.T. Website and Social Media
Assistance is needed in keeping our website up-to-date, particularly in the posting of our animals available for adoption and removing those who have been adopted.  We are also on the lookout for specialized IT talent with experience in Javascript, Flash, etc.  Talented photographers are always needed as well.  A picture is worth a thousand words!

Off-Site Activities
Particularly during the summer months, A.D.O.P.T. participates in many off-site events for the purposes of promoting our organization, showing our animals, and raising funds.  Off-site activities include both regularly scheduled pet store meet-and-greets as well as on-time off-site events.  Coin bank placement and collection is another part of our Off-Site Program.

Work here

There are no employment opportunities at this time.  There are always a lot of opportunities to volunteer at A.D.O.P.T.!