Tree House welcomes volunteers into almost every aspect of our work, and we are always seeking excited, dedicated individuals who are looking to join our community to support our mission!

Volunteering is a great way to join a community of friends and supporters, learn more about animal welfare, and give back to the furry friends we love so much.

Though many of our roles involve interaction with the cats in some capacity, we don’t currently offer roles with the sole focus of kitty playtime.
At this time, Tree House cannot support fulfillment of court-ordered community service hours.

If you’re interested in volunteering and spending direct time with our cats, you can join us as a Foster volunteer! Fostering is an invaluable way to help the animals in our care, and you need less than you think! Head over to our Foster page to learn more.


Are you part of a group interested in a one-time activity to help the cats at Tree House? Learn more about the various ways your group can help make a difference in the lives of homeless cats!merrick team standing by tree house front desk


Individuals ages 18 and older are welcome to apply to volunteer independently at Tree House!


We have opportunities for youth volunteers ages 8 – 14 accompanied by a guardian, and for youth volunteers ages 15 – 18 on their own.


Fostering is one of the most rewarding and impactful ways to volunteer your time with cats. 

Remote & One-Time Opportunities

Want to support Tree House but can’t commit to a regular shift? Can’t make it to the shelter? There are many ways to help us out remotely, either from the comfort of your own home, or out and about in Chicago & beyond.

Remote volunteers can: 

  • Pick up & drop off donations
  • Advocate for us & our cats on social media
  • Perform outreach through flyering & canvassing
  • Table at street festivals
  • …and more!

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