Volunteering is a great way to meet people, learn a new skill, and make a real impact on your local community. There are many positions available for joining the ALIVE Rescue team; no matter how much or little time you can give, we will find a place for you.

If you are interested in volunteering with ALIVE Rescue, please complete our Volunteer Application Form

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Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Little Barn Volunteers

The Little Barn is the shelter space for ALIVE Rescue and we are always in need of help to give day-to-day care to our Barn residents. Barn volunteers work hands on with dogs and cats, performing tasks ranging from walking, training, feeding and socializing animals to helping with laundry, processing donations, and cleaning. The Little Barn is the center of activity for ALIVE Rescue and provides a space for incoming dogs and cats before they are placed in foster homes, in addition to housing some of the more long-term residents that need consistent medical care or behavioral work before finding their permanent homes. In order be able to staff the barn and provide the animals consistency, we offer two shifts for volunteering each day. Barn shifts are available 9am – 12pm Sunday through Friday, 9am – 2pm Saturday, and 6pm – 9pm 7 days/week. To ensure the safety of our volunteers and animals, all volunteers at the Little Barn must be aged 21 or older.

Adoption Events
Handle and/or transport an ALIVE Rescue dog to showcase him/her at an adoption event around the city.

Transportation Committee
You will be transporting animals to and from foster homes & boarding facilities to the veterinarian and to adoption events; our biggest need for transportation help is during the daytime/weekday hours. Note: you must own your own vehicle and be willing to provide ALIVE Rescue with a copy of your auto insurance.

Help maintain and improve ALIVE’s website. This role would be responsible for obtaining and updating content on a regular basis, as well as troubleshooting any issues. In particular, we are looking for people with a technical/developer background.

Fundraising Committee
Duties include event planning, once a month meetings, phone solicitations and coordination with vendors and donors, transportation of goods, event set up, assembling goodie bags, flyer distribution, silent auction solicitation and much more.

Photography & Videography
Take photos/videos of adoptable animals for our database and capture activities at our fundraisers and events.

Graphic Design
Help us design our marketing materials, ranging anywhere from brochures to signage to apparel.

Grant Coordinator
Prerequisites: Professional writing experience helpful. Knowledge of animal rescue community in Chicago helpful. Six month minimum commitment required. Great opportunity for someone looking to expand one’s professional writing skills!

Tasks include the following responsibilities:

  • Attending monthly team meetings
  • Understanding the scope of programming at ALIVE Rescue
  • Communicating with Grants Chair about ongoing issues
  • Completing assigned grants and tasks in a timely and professional manner
  • Providing follow up reports to funders
  • Providing feedback to other team members
  • Investigating new grant opportunities as needed

Employment Opportunities

Positions coming soon