Thanks for choosing to become a Will County Humane Society Volunteer. We’re glad you’re here! Volunteers just like you are the key to our success! By joining the team of dedicated volunteers at WCHS, you’ll be building strong relationships with the community, animals and other like-minded volunteers. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.
PLEASE NOTE: The Will County Humane Society offers a SEPARATE program for court ordered community services hours. For more information, please call the shelter during our regular business hours to speak to a staff member. Hours accumulated for the Volunteer program WILL NOT count towards court ordered requirements.
General Volunteer Guidelines
- Volunteers are welcome during official volunteer hours. Volunteers should not be at the shelter during open public viewing hours.
- All volunteers should dress appropriately for all weather conditions. The shelter grounds tend to flood in the spring, so waterproof boots are highly recommended. Volunteers are not allowed to wear slippers or flip-flops.
- Please do not answer the shelter phone or go behind the office desks at any time for any reason.
- If someone comes to the shelter to see animals, please let them know the shelter is closed and notate the hours on the front door. Contact your Coordinator regarding any other questions.
- Please do not bring friends or family members to the shelter during volunteer hours unless they have completed the Volunteer Form and have been trained by a Volunteer Coordinator.
- If you are approached by someone who claimed to have found a stray pet, or who is looking to give up their pet, NEVER accept the pet. Contact your Coordinator immediately.
- Check with your Coordinator regarding dogs with special needs, health conditions or walking/interaction restrictions. Close all gates and doors behind you. Use clips to latch all gates. If you are uncomfortable walking specific dogs, please inform your Coordinator.
- Although we sometimes want to give certain dogs more time than others, it is important we walk ALL dogs before giving longer, one on one attention.
- Assume that all dogs do not get along and keep a safe distance of at least 10 feet between you and the other walkers UNLESS your Coordinator has told you that certain dogs may be walked together.
- Work as a team so that everyone is in the loop regarding which dogs have been walked, and which still need to be walked.
- Slip leads must be used on all dogs, unless your dog has a harness on. Keep the slip lead snug during your walk.
- Stay on the designated walking path at all times and keep away from the house on property, bushes and brush, as well as the sunroom on the north end of the building.
- Cell phone use is not allowed while walking dogs. Your undivided attention should be on the pet you are handling as well as your surroundings. Smoking is also not allowed on property.
- Walkers must pick up dog waste as soon as it is expelled. Bags are provided.
- Please be sure to observe your dog during your walk. If they appear in pain or limping. stop walking and notify your Coordinator immediately.
- Never yell at a dog, jerk the lead in a forceful manner, or strike the dog for any reason. Anything appearing as abusive to the dogs, both verbal and physical, will result in your immediate dismissal.
- Check with your Coordinator before using toys.
- Check with your Coordinator before giving treats.
Cat and Dog Room Training
Dog Room Training: Prior to your first day of volunteering, you must complete a training session with a coordinator. These trainings will be held on the first and third Sunday and Wednesday of the month. If you plan to volunteer on the weekends, please be at the shelter at 9am on Sunday to meet with Neal Querio. If you plan to volunteer during the week, please be at the shelter on Wednesday at 5pm to meet with Patty Danko.
Please note: Dog room training will be cancelled in inclement weather!
Cat Room Training: At this moment we are not accepting new volunteers in the cat room.