DO YOU ENJOY WORKING WITH ANIMALS?  DO YOU WANT TO HELP A GREAT CAUSE? Whether you have your own pet or simply love animals, being a New Leash On Life volunteer gives you the opportunity to interact with the many wonderful animals we have for adoption.

New Leash On Life owes much of its success to our wonderful volunteers. Our volunteers play a key role in continuing New Leash On Life's mission of finding loving, responsible homes for abandoned animals. New Leash On Life Chicago is 100% volunteer run! Volunteer today and help make a difference in the lives of our city's abandoned and homeless dogs.

If you're at least 18 years old and have an interest in becoming a volunteer, fill out our online Volunteer Application.


Adoption Events

Adoption Events are typically held weekend afternoons in the Chicagoland area. Volunteers are assigned one dog or puppy to handle during the adoption event. They inform the public about our organization and help educate them on responsible pet ownership.

Adoption Counselors

Volunteers assist in matching potential owners with dogs suitable to their lifestyle. They screen and counsel potential adopters, conduct home visits to ensure the safety of the animal, and perform post-adoption services. They are directly responsible for giving our animals a “New Leash On Life.”


Becoming a foster parent is a great way to get directly involved in rescue work. Foster volunteers provide a temporary, loving home until the pet can be placed in a permanent home. New Leash On Life provides for the animal’s food and medical needs.

Additional Opportunities

There are many other areas in which we need your help including:

  • Transportation
  • Special Events
  • Fundraising

Volunteer Application

If you have an interest in becoming a New Leash On Life volunteer, email us at or fill in the application below and one of our representatives will get back to you. Volunteers must be 18 years old or older.

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