It’s a feel-good thing. Do you love dogs? Are you looking to make a difference, learn something new, give back to your community, and meet people with similar interests? As a Second City Canine Rescue (SCCR) volunteer, you get to contribute to a cause you care about.  

We are always looking for passionate people willing to help. If you are at least eighteen years old, we would LOVE to have you be a partner in furthering our mission of “rescuing responsibly.” 

Below are some areas where we always need volunteers. Do any of these opportunities sound like a good fit for you? Please click on the link at the bottom of the page to begin your online application, 

Foster Home (Visit our Foster Page)

  • Cares for a dog as their own until it finds it forever home
  • Brings dog to veterinarian for care as seen fit and scheduled by medical coordinator
  • Brings dog to adoption events, or the SCCR Adoption Center for potential families to meet

Adoption Center Volunteer 

  • Volunteer at our Adoption Center (located at 570 N Smith St in Palatine) to walk dogs* and socialize them as they wait to meet their forever families!
  • Welcome potential adopters as they arrive for their appointments
  • Clean kennels, tidy the living spaces, and help socialize dogs

*Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. 

Marketing/Public Relations/Social Media Team Member

  • Help strategize on ways to promote SCCR and its dogs.
  • Help design engaging email campaigns and/or social media posts
  • Write compelling adoption biographies
  • Graphic Design
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Photography

Fundraising Team Committee Member

  • Solicit donations in various, creative, and unique ways
  • Help create new ideas and venues for fundraising events
  • Be a part of our “think tank”
  • Have an idea we didn’t touch base on? You can help!

Adoption Show Handler

  • Spread awareness about SCCR’s mission
  • Introduce the dog you are handling while at the Adoption Show
  • Love and play with the dog you’re handling
  • Involve adoption counselors when potential adopters are recognized

Important: Please check your spam folder for replies from @sccrescue.org and @volunteer2mail.com or safelist volunteer@sccrescue.org by adding to your contacts.

Click here to apply to volunteer with SCCR!

We are unable to provide court-ordered community service hours.

Effective 6.5.24, volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

Email questions to volunteer@sccrescue.org