We are THRILLED to report that as of today (5/9), the shelter is once again open for volunteers and visitors!  We have received some very encouraging results from our latest round of flu testing with the University of Wisconsin, which indicate that we have hopefully succeeded in preventing the flu from spreading any farther than our one sick pup, Jasmine.   We are so proud of our awesome staff and vets for responding to this crisis so proactively and carefully, and are continuing to take our vets’ lead on safely moving forward. Due to the fact that Jasmine is currently still isolated in our facility, we are still observing a total quarantine protocol for her, and are awaiting best-practice instructions from our vets on how to move forward with dog-to-dog introductions.  For the moment, adoptions will proceed with caution, to single-dog households, and with the understanding that an additional week of isolation is required for all new dogs entering their homes.  We are very hopeful that we have seen the tail end of CIV at CCR, but want to act as conservatively as possible to ensure the continued safety of our pups and our community.  We are SO thankful for your well-wishes, donations, and support throughout this time, and are so excited to welcome back our volunteers and visitors – the pups have missed you!

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Volunteer Information


Volunteers are the backbone of Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation. We depend on volunteers like YOU to make our mission come to life! We are always looking for more volunteers. And the best part…you can volunteer as it fits your schedule and devote as much or little time as you want. No need to commit a certain day or time every week…unless you want to.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help with the following:

  • Adoption Events: Dog Handler and Transporter
  • At Our Shelter: Dog Walkers, Dog Bathers, Facility Aides, Dog Transporters
  • Fostering: See our foster page for more information
  • Fundraising: Event Planning, Silent Auction Item Solicitors
All volunteers must agree to sign a volunteer waiver and be at least 18 years of age. Click here to sign the new volunteer waiver

We look forward to having you join our team. Please sign up for our Volunteer Distribution List to stay current on specific volunteering needs or email volunteer@chicagocaninerescue.com with comments or suggestions.