Volunteering

Volunteers are welcome at LCHS anytime during our regular business hours.

If You would like to be a Volunteer and help out LCHS, fill out the application below and bring it to the shelter.

You may also fax the form to 815-842-0504.

LCHS Volunteer App


Some of the activities you can help with are:

Walking Dogs:
Dogs are scheduled for daily walks. Dogs may also be walked and played with any other time and need to be checked for fresh water and clean cages throughout the day.  Call the LCHS main office at 842-1025 to schedule a time to walk dogs!

Maybe you would like to have your classroom come some day and walk dogs?  Or how about brushing and playing with cats?  This would be an excellent classroom field trip!  Call LCHS today to schedule a day and time.

Working in the cat rooms:
They are cleaned and disinfected every morning and the staff always needs help with this. Each cage is swept out and washed and given a clean litter box, food and water, a towel and toys. Throughout the day, cats also need to be checked for clean litter boxes and fresh water. All cats need socialization and attention which helps with their transition to a new home.

Laundry:
All of the cats have towels and other soft items in their cages and at night all dogs have blankets to cushion their joints while they sleep. These items are washed daily.

Washing/Cleaning:
Dog and cat bowls, litter boxes, and toys are washed daily to keep the animals environment as clean as possible to reduce the chance of illnesses.

Grooming:
Brushing, bathing, and trimming nails helps with socialization and adaptability and provides one to one humane attention.

Other:
Maintenance such as cleaning the office, mowing the grass, washing windows, trimming bushes, pulling weeds, picking up garbage and dog waste from the yard.

Committees:
There are several committees that need volunteers. The fundraising committee is always in need of people to staff, chair, and plan events. The membership committee seeks and recruits new members, and updates the membership database. The Education committee needs assistance with preparing and designing visual aids and with presentations.


Schedule and guidelines for walking dogs by volunteers:

The board and staff at LCHS are truly grateful for the wonderful support from the community to help us exercise and socialize the animals at the shelter. The current group of walkers are dedicated animal lovers and we appreciate them all. We are committed to protecting our animals, our staff, and our volunteers. The schedule and guidelines we outline below are intended to improve our process and show clarity and structure for all involved.

Due to the need to adhere to local laws and regulations, combined with our limited staff availability, LCHS can currently support out-of-hours dog-walking at the following times:

  • Tuesdays from 3pm to 6pm
  • Thursdays from 3pm to 6pm
  • Saturdays from 2pm to 4:30pm
  • Sundays from 3pm to 6pm

In addition to the hours above, LCHS welcomes volunteers to socialize and exercise the animals at any time during normal opening hours. These guidelines apply only to the animals at LCHS and do not apply to animals temporarily housed at the shelter on behalf of Livingston County Animal Control, which is under the jurisdiction of the County. We are happy to extend our out-of-hours support for dog-walking and cat socialization.

If you are interested in volunteering for exercising and socializing our dogs and cats, we invite you to contact us.


We know our shelter can be overwhelming at times…don’t be shy about volunteering!  Give us a few minutes and we will help you get your feet wet in no time!   Our staff and volunteers are excellent with the animals and patient with the humans!  We want you to feel comfortable at our shelter!  Come and out and visit with us…for the animals’ sake!

We do want to give a WELL DESERVED thank you to each and every one of our Awesome Volunteers!!

Whether you come out to clean up the messes, brush the cats and dogs or foster our animals…you are giving our animals the love, attention and compassion they deserve!

YOU are giving them their second chance!!

~Each and every one of you makes the difference~

For this, we THANK YOU!