PHS Volunteer Program

Why Volunteer?


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 over 3000 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.


We also rely on volunteers to help with special events, such as Bark in the Park, Wine & Whiskers, 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!“



Please note: 
- Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and be available for orientation and training prior to starting at the PHS and PCAPS.


Become a Volunteer for PHS


Volunteer with dog


Volunteer duties and training vary depending on your area of interest. 
Contact the Peoria Humane Society at
(309) 682-9015 or [email protected] for more information on volunteering to help animals in our community.



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
Volunteer scheduling will vary according to the needs of the shelter/organization and each volunteer’s availability. Hours of volunteering are flexible, and we will work individually with prospective volunteers to schedule times that work best for everyone.


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

Volunteers should have a love 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.