Please check the SIGN UP for outstanding volunteer needs besides the volunteer opportunities included on this webpage.
Volunteerism is an integral part of the Humane Society of Central Illinois and enables us to make a difference in the lives of thousands of homeless pets. We could not exist without the time, effort, and enthusiasm that each volunteer commits to giving. We recognize the valuable roles volunteers play and are committed to providing thorough, hands-on training and ongoing support to every volunteer.
We ask that each volunteer attend the New Volunteer Class and commit to at least four hours a month.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to work independently. Volunteers ages 8 to 17 must be accompanied by either a parent or guardian 25 years or older who is also a volunteer and must perform the same tasks. Children under the age of 8 cannot volunteer at the shelter, but can help the animals in other ways by collecting much needed supplies to donate.
To get started, visit the Calendar of Events for dates when New Volunteer Classes are scheduled. Then click the New Volunteer Class Registration link and provide your name and the names of those who will be attending with you, and complete payment.
- Everyone attending class must review and complete the Volunteer Waiver & Data document and bring it with them to class.
- Registration fee is $10 for each Adult (18 or older) and $5 for each Child (ages 8 - 17).
- Those younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent at volunteer training and each and every time they volunteer.
- To walk or work with the dogs at all, volunteers must be 18 or older.
- Payment in advance is required to hold your spot and seating is limited. The registration fee is non-refundable.
- Court Ordered Community Service workers no longer go through a standard volunteer class. To make a request to participate in our Community Service Program, please call our office at (309) 451-1000. If accepted to the program, a one-on-one training and orientation will take place.
Volunteers are welcome at the Pet Adoption Center during volunteer hours 365 days a year.
- Mondays: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm & 4:00 - 5:45 pm
- Tuesdays: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm & 4:00 - 6:30 pm
- Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm & 4:00 - 6:00 pm
- Saturdays, Sundays, & Holidays: 7:00 am - 5:45 pm
The facility is closed to volunteers from noon - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday for the staff to work with the shelter veterinarian, perform special cleaning, and ready the incoming animals to adoption.
Volunteer Needs and times
Walking dogs (must be 18 years or older)
Dog Socialization - supervised play groups (must be 18 years or older)
- 11:30 am to noon - Wednesday through Friday only (weather permitting)
Cleaning the cat rooms
The cat rooms are cleaned and disinfected every morning and the staff always needs help.
Laundry and dishes
Other Volunteer Duties
Assist staff with brushing cats, cat socialization, extra dog walks, laundry/dishes, cleaning the office, mowing the grass, washing windows, trimming bushes, pulling weeds, picking up garbage and dog waste from the yard, etc.
Signup sheets are posted at the Pet Adoption Center and on
Sign Up Genius for special events such as fundraising and pet outreach. Volunteers are an integral part to the success of these events.
The Humane Society of Central Illinois is looking for serious volunteers to become fosters for some of our more challenging dogs for rehabilitation purposes. Some dogs have not been properly socialized and need more socialization as well as constant praising and consistency. Others have medical needs or may be older and would thrive better in a foster setting. These dogs will take some time to come around and to adjust properly.
Foster homes must be able to provide proof of liability insurance, as well as passing a home visit. We are looking for people who are more experienced with dogs and want to put in time and effort to help these dogs thrive. This is a very rewarding opportunity to be able to see these dogs grow and adjust into the dogs they deserve to be. If you feel you are ready and able to become a foster, print and read the Foster Care Provider Contract and Guidelines and the Foster Care Application. Complete the Foster Care Application and drop it off at the shelter at 423 Kays Drive in Normal, or fax it to us at (309) 451-1834, or scan it and send the email to the HSCI Manager. If you have any questions please call the shelter at (309) 451-1000 during business hours and ask for the manager.
State Farm Good Neighbor Grant Program
If you are an employee, agent, or retiree of State Farm, your volunteer hours can help HSCI even more through the Good Neighbor Grant program. The State Farm Companies Foundation awards a $500 grant on behalf of each State Farm associate who volunteers a minimum of 40 hours per calendar year. HSCI is an eligible nonprofit organization. We would appreciate your support in this program.
If you are not currently a volunteer, please attend a New Volunteer Class to learn about our organization and discover your choices in volunteering.
We encourage all Good Neighbor Grant participants to sign in the State Farm Volunteer Book. HSCI tracks the volunteer hours and will notify the participant when they obtain the 40 hours. After completing the 40 hours, participants complete the on-line Good Neighbor Grant application with the State Farm Companies Foundation. For questions regarding the Good Neighbor Grant, send an email to Sherill.
Those who volunteer outside of the Pet Adoption Center are asked to submit their volunteer hours to Sherill monthly.
If you are interested in helping with events or are having difficulty acquiring hours, please send an email to staff. They will be glad to provide more information on our volunteer needs and events.