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Become A Volunteer 

We have big, audacious goals! We need our volunteers to act as lifelines to homeless animals. As a volunteer you must be a visionary, courageous, confident, determined and reflective!

Where do I start?

All volunteers must attend an orientation before volunteering at SFAR. Orientation is online! Once you've completed your application and orientation, you can start volunteering. New volunteers will get an overview of rescue operations and policy, and a better idea of the volunteer opportunities that we have available. For more information email

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Join Our Rescue Team!

SFAR would not function without the help of volunteers. We are a new rescue and need people to help build our organizational capacity and visibility so that we have the ability to help animals in need. As we grow, we need people who want to work with the community. We need you! We need your brilliance, your drive, your expertise and your passion. Volunteers help build the foundation we need to reach new programmatic heights. Excited?!?

Well, go ahead and join our amazing team of lifesavers!


Foster Recruiter

The Foster Recruiter will be responsible for recruiting new foster homes in the community as well as contacting existing foster families and new applicants to find homes for animals.  You will be working with a variety of other rescues, shelters and animal control facilities.  Must love to work with people and animals!

Foster Coordinator

The foster coordinator is responsible for the general health, wellness, and organization of all animals in the various foster programs.  They provide families with mentorship, on call assistance; and managing and maintaining organization of all foster programs and materials.  You must be local to the Chicagoland area to apply for this position.

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Fundraising Specialist

Do you enjoy helping organizations create fundraisers and strategies to help increase their impact? Do you have experience with building a donor base, identifying prospective donors, corporate giving and overall fundraising? Do you feel comfortable talking to people about supporting an amazing organization through donations? If you answered yes to any of those questions it clearly means that one of your strengths is development or fundraising and we are looking for you! In this volunteer role, you will be helping to ensure that we can increase our donor base and overall fundraising capabilities to ensure the animals in our program have access to life changing programming.


The goal of marketing is to raise awareness for our rescue. The goal of the marketing coordinator is to develop and execute the plans and strategies to accomplish that. A marketing coordinator stays informed about the market, industry trends, and the competitive landscape, while helping strategize and implement marketing, branding, and advertising plans.

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Board Member Recruitment

Do you think senior dogs and cats should spend their remaining time in a loving home instead of a shelter? Then volunteer on the board of our growing nonprofit helping homeless older pets. Please share with anyone you think would be a good fit!

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