we need you! volunteer
Do you want to be a part of our mission to serve people and save pets? Volunteering with us is not only rewarding, but hugely valuable to our department and the community. Learn more about how you can provide love and support to our animals through volunteering.
Some of the animals that come into our care require a little extra attention or TLC before they are ready to be adopted into happy, healthy homes.
Help us care for animals at our shelter or at one of six PetSmart adoption centers. These volunteers help care for, exercise, socialize with, and train the cats and dogs in our care. As volunteers get to know the animals, they offer helpful information about each pet’s personality through the adoption process and provide insight to match potential adopters to great pets.
Animals with a photo have a better chance at quickly being adopted. If you enjoy taking pictures, you can help us capture and share each pet’s personality. Your photos would appear on our website and in social media.
Perfect for those that love special events, we need volunteers to help plan and staff events for education, outreach, advocacy, and fundraising efforts.
winnebago county animal service auxiliary
We are incredibly fortunate to have dedicated volunteers, including those active with the Winnebago County Animal Services Auxiliary. The Auxiliary is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the care for animals under the care of Winnebago County Animal Services. They raise funds and donate time to help underwrite adoption fees, cover medical expenses, assist in the adoption process, and provide education and public awareness events.
for more information on becoming a volunteer:
Join our volunteer meetings held the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
Adoption & Volunteer Program Coordinator
hours / contact
Monday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday-Friday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
*Please note, all adoptions end 30 minutes prior to closing.
Daily: 7:00 AM. – 12:00 AM (midnight)
Phone: (815) 319-4100
Fax: (815) 319-4101
4517 North Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103
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Ready to get started?
Complete and submit your volunteer application online!