Please complete this application form if you are interested in becoming a PAWS Chicago volunteer (at either our Lincoln Park Adoption Center our Medical Center) and completing your New Volunteer Orientation in-person at our Medical Center located at 3516 West 26th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60623.

A virtual orientation class is also available. To register for this option instead, please click the following link: New Volunteer Orientation on Zoom!

**You must be 18 years of age to volunteer. If you are ages 12-17, please DO NOT submit this application. Please fill out the Family Service Volunteer Application instead. Family Service Volunteers should NOT attend this orientation.

**PLEASE NOTE** Court Ordered Community Service is NOT available to new volunteers.

Name and Address

Demographic Information

Background Information

**PLEASE NOTE** Court Ordered Community Service is available on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please email prior to registering.


Please indicate the days and times you are usually available to volunteer.

Social Media

Occupation Information


Please check all that apply:

Emergency Contact Information

Please list an emergency contact we can keep on file.

Waiver of Liability

Volunteer elects to donate his/her time, effort and services to assist PAWS in pursuit of its care of animals.

Volunteer recognizes and understands the inherent risks associated with the care of animals, including but not limited to the possibility of any injury to person and/or property which Volunteer may suffer as a result of the unpredictable nature and/or provocation of animals.
PAWS desires to accept the donation of Volunteer’s time, effort and services subject to Volunteer’s agreement contained in this Waiver.

In consideration of the mutual promises of the parties contained in this Waiver, or of the acts to be performed by either, that parties agree that Volunteer hereby knowingly and voluntarily waives any and all claims, damages or causes of action which Volunteer may have or incur against PAWS, its officers, directors, agents, affiliates and employees as a result of Volunteer’s donation of his/her time and effort. Volunteer also authorizes PAWS to take their picture while volunteering and use in PAWS publications.

PAWS Chicago Volunteers are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior in their dealings with others and be cognizant that their personal behavior may reflect on PAWS Chicago. Inappropriate behavior includes any activity through which a Volunteer reduces or destroys his or her effectiveness, the effectiveness of fellow Volunteer’s, or the ability of PAWS Chicago to serve its supporters. This includes but is not limited to engaging in antisocial, discriminatory, or illegal activities or demonstrating inappropriate behavior.

This Waiver shall be binding upon the parties hereto, their heirs, assigns and legal representatives.

PAWS Chicago, an Illinois Not for Profit Organization

By clicking the submit button below, you agree to the New Volunteer Registration Form Waiver of Liability.