PHS Volunteer Program

Why Volunteer?


We also rely on volunteers to help with special events, such as Bark in the Park, adoption outreach events, fundraising, and numerous indirect services. Whether you choose to work directly with animals or indirectly to benefit animals, there are many ways you can help!


Peoria Humane Society volunteersVolunteers are always needed to help care for the animals at PCAPS, and to help promote the  responsible and compassionate care of animals in the community. The time volunteers spend with the shelter animals does much to help make their stay more comfortable. The special attention and socialization the animals receive from caring volunteers helps reduce the stress of being in a new and unfamiliar environment and increases their adoptability. PCAPS receives more than 4,500 animals annually who need the special attention volunteers can give. As an animal lover, you can make a difference for the homeless, unwanted and mistreated animals in our community.

Please note: 
- Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and attend a 2-hour orientation session and a 2-hour training class.
- A minimum of a 3-month commitment must be made to the program. Depending on the volunteer's duties and availability, hours will vary. 


Become a Volunteer for PHS


Volunteer with dogNew volunteers should be able to make a minimum 3-month commitment to the program.


Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and attend a 2-hour orientation session and a 2-hour training class.  Pre-registration is required.
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 682-9015 or for more information on volunteering or to sign up for our next Orientation & Training classes.



Volunteer Opportunities

Below are some of the specific Volunteer Opportunities available: Volunteer with dog


  • Dog walking
  • Cat caretaking
  • Bathing & grooming
  • Shelter Animal Enrichment
  • Adoption outreach
  • Clerical
  • Bulk mail
  • Pet Therapy 
  • Paws to Read
  • Foster Care
  • Animal Transport





Volunteer Expectations
As a Volunteer I will be expected to...


Volunteer with catCommit my time
Generally, volunteers commit to a 2-3 hour shift on a regular weekly or bi-weekly basis as well as completion of an orientation session and 2 hours of training. Volunteer scheduling will vary according to the needs of the shelter/organization and each volunteer’s availability. The hours available to volunteer at PCAPS are 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Saturday. Although our scheduling is flexible, we unfortunately cannot always accommodate the scheduling needs of every prospective volunteer. 


Have a commitment and understanding of our philosophy and policies at PHS.

Volunteers should have a serious concern for animal welfare and find satisfaction in working with companion animals and the public. 


What can you expect from PHS/PCAPS?

Tail wags and licks!

An opportunity to develop skills and gain work experience.

Earn credit for school or work.

Act as an advocate for all animals.

Acquaintance with others who share a regard for animals.