Volunteer

Make a Difference – Volunteer
The Macon County Animal Care and Control Center processes over 2,000 animalHelp me at the Shelter!s each year. They are an open intake shelter, which means that stray and surrendered animals are accepted regardless of age, physical condition or adoptability. The Decatur Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation (DMCSAF) helps in the care, treatment and adoptive efforts of the stray and surrendered animals at the Macon County Animal Care and Control Center. The Foundation relies on volunteers to help us in our mission.

The helping hands of a DMCASF volunteer touch the lives of many individuals and animals. The diversity of jobs volunteers can do, coupled with self-enrichment and social rewards make our volunteers some of the most dedicated individuals in the Decatur/Macon County area. As a DMCASF volunteer, you contribute to the community and ensure the quality of life for yourself and animals in the community. You can enhance skills you already have or develop new ones. But perhaps the greatest benefit of volunteering is knowing that you are making a real difference as a member of a team providing care to so many animals in need. You will soon come to realize just how valuable you are to the animals and to us.

Help me at the Shelter!We sincerely hope that your volunteer experience will be both pleasurable and rewarding. Whether you walk dogs at the shelter, stuff envelopes for an educational mailing or assist with a fund-raising event, you can make a difference in the lives of the homeless animals of Macon County.

In today’s busy world, it takes a very special person to devote their precious time to an organization like ours. And we recognize that it takes compassion, devotion and understanding to carry out this mission. Your love and respect of animals has brought you to our organization and we look forward to working with you.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for the Macon County Animal Control and Care Center.

Becoming a Volunteer
Volunteers are required to fill out the appropriate volunteer waiver and to attend a volunteer orientation before beginning their work at the county facility. Volunteer orientations will be held on Saturdays at 3 p.m. at the Macon County Animal Control and Care Center, 2820 E. Parkway Drive in Decatur, Illinois. Call the Shelter at 217-425-4508, email at adopt@sheriff-macon-il.us, or stop by the Shelter in person for more information.

Responsibility and Dedication
All staff, volunteers and visitors must treat all of our animals kindly, gently and respectfully. Likewise, the Macon County Animal Care and Control Center expects the same treatment for fellow volunteers and staff. The Macon County Animal Care and Control Center expects volunteers to respect animal shelter administration’s decisions and policies. The Macon County Animal Care and Control Center also expects our volunteers to support our policies and expectations for animal care while volunteering and while representing the animal shelter outside the shelter.

Scheduling
The Macon County Animal Care and Control Center strives to have an accessible, flexible volunteer program; therefore the Center provides several volunteer opportunities that do not require set schedules. The following is a list of activities that can be done within a flexible schedule:

  • Cat Socializing
  • Dog Walking
  • Grooming
  • Fostering

Due to the nature of these activities, most of the advanced volunteer opportunities require scheduling in advance, and on a regular basis. Most programs require that a new volunteer work a set period of time with us socializing work before beginning advanced training.

Volunteer Programs
The Macon County Animal Care and Control Center has three volunteer programs available:

  • Adult Volunteers are those age 18 and older. Volunteers must be 18 years or older to walk dogs or work in our advanced programs.
  • Apprentice Volunteers are those who are between 16 and 18 years of age. These volunteers may work on their own.
  • Junior Volunteers are those between the ages of 10 and 15. These volunteers must be accompanied and supervised by a parent at all times.
Please send your name, address, phone number to info@dmcasf.org and we will be in touch with you shortly. If you are unable to volunteer, you can help support the mission of the DMCASF and the homeless animals by donating items from our Wish List, donating financially, or by attending one of our upcoming events. Thank you for helping us – and especially for helping the animals.