All our volunteers are NOT paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless!

Questions about volunteering please email: pawstinleypark@gmail.com


Volunteer Duties include but not limited to:
Caring for the dogs and cats, ranging from cleaning cages, feeding, medicating, socializing and grooming.


Thank you for your support!


The P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park could not exist without the dedicated efforts of our volunteer staff. We depend on them to help with the daily care of our animals. Dog or Cat person we would love to have you on our team!

All new volunteers must first attend a Volunteer Orientation session. All orientations will last approximately 2 hours and will include a tour of the shelter. Registration is required for your attendance and space is limited.

Our next ADULT orientations are:

  • Thursday June 25th   7:00-9:00pm
  • Saturday July 11th    4:00-6:00pm
  • Thursday July 30th    7:00-9:00pm
  • Saturday Aug 8th      4:00-6:00pm
  • Thursday Aug 27th    7:00-9:00pm
  • Saturday Sept 12th   4:00-6:00pm
  • Thursday Sept 24th   7:00-9:00pm

Thank you for your interest!

We try to stay consistent from month to month by offering adult orientations the first Saturday of the month and the fourth Tuesday of the month.
We will not hold any more orientations in December.

We have many openings throughout the day, seven days a week. We require all adult volunteers to be 18 years of age; however, volunteers between the ages of 14 and 17 are eligible for our Junior Program and must have parental consent. Please email pawstinleypark@gmail.com with the date you would like to attend our orientation and we will sign you up. You will fill out the appropriate paperwork during your orientation.

There are fundraising and pet therapy projects that always need assistance.

Shift Times

Help is needed on all shifts.

Shift times can vary by day depending if the shelter is open for viewing of the animals.

  • Mornings 7:30am - 10:30am
  • Afternoons 11:30am - 4:00pm
  • Evenings 6:30pm - 9:30pm

For more information on how you can help, please contact the shelter by phone or email (815) 464-7298

E-mail us at pawstinleypark@gmail.com