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.


We are now accepting Jr. Volunteer Program applications for the summer session – DEADLINE MAY 13. This will be the only opportunity to apply to volunteer for summer session. Applications are available at the shelter & via our website. We will ONLY accept applications through the mail or drop-offs so please view our open hours on our website.  Click HERE to download application

You will be required to read about the program & its guidelines/requirements then complete the application process. Jr. Volunteers are between 14 -17 years of age. Please understand that P.A.W.S. is a small shelter & some volunteer shifts may have few, if any, junior volunteer openings. Unfortunately, we are limited on the amount of new Jr. Volunteers that we accept into the program.

P.A.W.S. deeply appreciates your interest in our Junior Volunteer Program & 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 Apr 24th   7:00-9:00pm
  • Saturday May 3rd    4:00-6:00pm
  • Thursday May 29th  7:00-9:00pm
  • Saturday June 7th    4:00-6:00pm
  • Thursday June 26th  7:00-9:00pm
  • Saturday July 5th     4:00-6:00pm
  • Thursday July 31st    7:00-9:00pm
  • Saturday Aug 2nd    4:00-6:00pm
  • Thursday Aug 28th   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 last Thursday 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