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Dog Walking (Red/Advanced)

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Animal Care League


Red-level Dog Walking is our advanced dog walking volunteer position here at ACL--these volunteers are dog walking experts! Our Red-level Dog Walkers are expected to pass along their knowledge and mentor Yellow-level Dog Walkers, as well as accommodate one of our dogs in at least 2 adoption events pet year.

Just like Green and Yellow Dog Walkers, Red-level Dog Walkers will continue to learn and practice several ways of providing essential enrichment for shelter dogs: Taking nice, long walk for dogs who are more reactive than Yellow-level dogs; Going on doggie day trip adventures together; playing in our indoor Playroom and outdoor Play Yard! Our dog walkers help provide the most essential care for our dogs!

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Available to Level IV and above volunteers*
  • Attend Volunteer Orientation
  • Attend A Sound Beginning’s Intro to Training course
  • Attend Dog 101 training
  • Attend Events Orientation (recording available at request)
  • Obtain a 5-week Yellow Dog Walking certification
  • Attend A Sound Beginning’s Training course with a Yellow-level shelter dog
  • Possess an extensive understanding of dog behavior
  • Ability to empathize with animals
  • Possess the ability to think on one’s feet
  • Must be able to bend, squat, and stand/walk for extended periods
  • Must be respectful toward dogs and people
  • Must be confident in handling and communicating with shelter dogs
  • Must be able to physically handle dogs of many sizes and strengths

*conditional on dog handling skills and experience

4 Shifts

  • morning / 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • afternoon / 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM
  • 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM
  • evening / 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
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About Animal Care League


1011 Garfield, Oak Park, IL 60304, US

Mission Statement

Animal Care League is committed to providing shelter, medical care, and comfort to animals in need; reducing animal overpopulation; and acting as a community resource, thus promoting the human/animal bond.


The Animal Care League is a limited admission shelter located in Oak Park. We help homeless cats, dogs and other small animals by providing them food, shelter, medical attention and love until we can find them a loving home. As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, we depend on the generosity of our communities to help us meet our goals of finding new homes for as many animals as possible each year. If you are in interested in helping, please visit our "Supporting the ACL" page on our website, animalcareleague.org.

If you are looking to add a new member to your family, you can view our animals that are up for adoption by clicking on the respective pictures. Please feel free to give us a call to make further inquiries about our animals at 708-848-8155.



We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 4 shifts


1011 GarfieldOak Park, IL 60304



  • Animal Care / Handling




  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training
  • Must commit to at least 3 volunteer shifts per month.
  • Mentor Yellow Dog Walkers, and understand the general policies and procedures of the shelter dog spaces and walking routes.

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