Volunteer with The
Naperville Area Humane Society

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The Naperville Area Humane Society's volunteer program is open to anyone 10 years or older with a willingness to work on behalf of cats and dogs. Kids 10 to 15 years old are welcome to volunteer as long as they have an adult sponsor (someone 18 years of age or older) to volunteer with them.

Volunteer Process

If you are interested in volunteering in the shelter, please follow the steps below.

  1. Complete the online Volunteer Application Form. After we receive your volunteer application, you will be contacted with additional instructions for next steps.

  2. Please pay the $25 New Volunteer Enrollment Fee (per person) online. This helps cover the cost of the volunteer t-shirts you will receive.

          Please note: you are not required to work with both cats AND dogs. You choose!

If you are only interested in fostering, please submit a foster application by clicking here. You do not need to complete any of the steps above to solely foster.

Please contact our volunteer manager, Peggy Kolar via email at
pkolar@naperhumane.org or call at 630-420-8989 x1004 with any questions about volunteering.

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Volunteer Needs

In the Shelter

The Naperville Area Humane Society offers a variety of in-shelter volunteer opportunities. We are always looking for morning cleaners between the hours of 8:00am-10:00am, but also accept dog and cat socializers, as well as dog walkers, all year round. Volunteers are welcome to serve as often as they’d like! For more specific information or questions about our flexible volunteer schedule, please contact the shelter at 630-420-8989.

Foster Homes

Whether it is a pregnant animal, puppies, kittens, or an adult dog or cat needing a break from shelter life, foster homes are vital to the survival of animals in need. For more information on becoming a foster home, please call or email JoAnn Schaeffer, Training & Foster Coordinator, at (630) 420-8989 x1009 or at jschaeffer@naperhumane.org.

If you are ready to submit a foster application now please click here.

Humane Education & Birthday Party Coordinators

We are currently looking for volunteers to help teach children about the responsibility of caring for animals by helping with the Naperville Area Humane Society’s summer camp, after school programs, shelter tours, and classroom presentations. Click here to read the description for Volunteer Humane Educator.

We are also looking for birthday party coordinators to help kids celebrate their birthdays at the Naperville Area Humane Society. Run the event the day-of, and help make memories to last a lifetime!

If you are interested or have questions, please contact Lauren Lonski, Humane Education Manager, at llonski@naperhumane.org or (630) 420-8989 x1006.

Pet Therapy & Paws for Tales

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Visit area senior centers, nursing homes, and other facilities with your therapy certified dog or cat. Participating animals need to be well socialized, comfortable in a variety of situations, and current on vaccinations. We conduct evaluations by appointment at our humane society for people and animals that are interested!

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You can also visit a local school with your CGC or Pet Partners certified dog and give children a chance to read a book to non-judgmental, supportive listener (your dog)!

For more information on Pawsitive Pet Therapy or Paws for Tales, please contact Lauren Lonski, Humane Education Manager, at llonski@naperhumane.org or (630) 420-8989 x1006.


We have been volunteering w/NAHS for about 6 months now and absolutely love it. The staff is very friendly and quite helpful. In the end, we love what we do as volunteers because we understand the short term relationships we build w/the cats and dogs are bittersweet, as we help provide them the physical affection they need until they find their forever home. A rewarding experience and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
— The Romanelli Family

Current Volunteer Resources