Volunteers are the backbone of Chicago Canine Rescue! From dog walking to events to helping around the shelter, CCR volunteers help our mission come to life!

At CCR, you can volunteer as it fits your schedule, devoting as much or as little time as you have – it all helps!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Dog Walking

We are open for volunteer dog walking from 10am – 7pm seven days a week. Dog walkers must be 18 years old or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

All you need is…

  • a photo ID
  • closed toe, rubber soled shoes
  • long pants
  • t-shirt or long-sleeved shirt

Children under 18 are welcome to join their parents or legal guardians to walk our dogs! Just note that only legal adults can hold the leash.

Shelter Support

We need help running our shelter facility, too!

If you’re a clean freak and want to help with dishes, laundry, or with other maintenance tasks, come on down! You must be 18 years or older.

We have space for two shelter support volunteers at a time. Shelter support volunteering is available from 10am – 7pm every day.

All you need is…

  • a photo ID
  • closed-toe, rubber-soled shoes
  • long pants
  • t-shirt or longer sleeved shirt

Front Desk and Special Skills

If you’re a people person, please volunteer to help at our front desk!

If you have a special skill that could help CCR save more dogs, you could make a huge impact. We are currently looking for volunteers that have experience in the following areas:

  • IT and Web Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Grant writing and fundraising
  • Event planning
  • Plumbing, HVAC, drywall, or other construction

To volunteer at the front desk or with a special skill, please email Gabrielle at gabrielle@chicagocaninerescue.org!


CCR is involved in fundraising and adoption events throughout the year, including working festivals, beer tents, community events, and more!

To be added to our event volunteer list, please email volunteer@chicagocaninerescue.org!

Community Service Hours

We welcome volunteers who need to complete community service hours for school, work, or court (non-violent offenses only). Community service volunteers should plan to help with shelter support tasks under the direction of the staff. You must be over 18 years old.

For community service hours, all you need is…

  • photo ID
  • copy of the citation or coursework that indicates clearly how many hours are needed
  • any paperwork CCR needs to fill out to verify hours
  • closed toe, rubber soled shoes
  • long pants
  • t-shirt or longer-sleeved shirt

Note: It is the volunteer’s responsibility to produce necessary paperwork and document their hours. CCR is happy to verify hours on the day of volunteering and sign forms testifying to that fact, but we are unable to verify hours after the fact.

Corporate/Group Volunteering

We are able to accommodate groups of 10 people at a time for pre-scheduled events. For more information on scheduling and requirements, please email Gabrielle at gabrielle@chicagocaninerescue.org.

Dog Walking Rules & Waiver