The Shelter

Volunteer Opportunities

Fill Out a Volunteer Interest Form
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If you are 18 years or older and want to make a difference, please sign-up online or print out a form and mail it to Cat Guardians, 932 E. St. Charles Road, Lombard, IL 60148. Better yet, stop by the shelter during our open hours: 11-3 Saturdays and Sundays, and 4-8 on Tuesdays to chat with current volunteers and see first-hand how rewarding the experience can be. Volunteers make our success possible by helping in and around our shelter, visiting pet stores, fund-raising and various other skills.

The 2nd Tuesday of each month is our Volunteer Orientation Training. You may wish to drop off your form at this time and learn about the shelter’s daily operations, and how you can help out.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

  • Spending time with cats and kittens who love attention
  • Career experience
  • Meeting friendly new people
  • Volunteer recognition parties
  • Free membership and t-shirt after only 24 hours of service
  • Teamwork

Volunteer Programs

Shelter Greeters

  • Welcome visitors to the shelter
  • Introduce potential adopters to the shelter cats
  • Educate new adopters about pet care


  • Work a daily shift to clean the shelter (AM and PM shifts)
  • Feed the cats


  • Work 4 hour shifts at local pet stores
  • Man booths at expos (Chicagoland, DuPage, etc)
  • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter)

Cat socializers

  • Spend one-on-one time with adoption room cats


  • Aid in Special Events
  • Bake Sales
  • Luncheons
  • Bazaars
  • Yard Sales
  • Community Fairs
  • Help with On-Going events
  • Shop N’ Share
  • Recycle printer cartridges

Office skills

  • Make fliers
  • Data Entry & Website updates
  • File and copy

Shelter maintenance

  • Yard work
  • Building Repairs