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Get Involved

2020 in Review Letter to our Supporters

Volunteer Your Time

WIAR has many opportunities for you or your group to Volunteer:

  • Walk or play with a shelter dog
  • Cleaning Cat Cages/Scooping Litter
  • Cleaning/Letting out Dogs
  • Spend time with shelter cats
  • Improve the shelter living environment
  • Give baths to shelter dogs, or at the Doggie Wash event
  • Participate in fundraisers (e.g. Furry Friends Fundraiser, Golf Outing, Annual 5K Run/Walk)

**We ask the volunteers to be at least 16 years of age and commit to volunteering a minimum of 4 hours per month and a 3 month commitment. Volunteers will be asked to do 4-5 training sessions with current volunteers before allowed to be on their own. Volunteers ages 8-15 may volunteer with a parent’s direct supervision. Volunteers must be 18 years old to help with dogs, volunteers under 18 years of age must have a parent consent form signed before volunteer work begins.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of our group.

Making a donation can make a big difference in the lives of homeless and abused animals:

Make an In-Kind Gift

Non-cash donations are critical for an organization entirely supported by volunteers.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Purina Smartblends Dog food and Purina One Cat food
  • Used sheets, blankets, and towels
  • Cat litter
  • Cleaning products (e.g. paper towels, baby wipes, bleach, and spray cleaner)

Become A Member

Members are ongoing supporters and advocates for our organization. We could not operate without their generous help:

  • Collecting and sharing information about lost/found pets.
  • Volunteering on a routine basis with pets in care.
  • Assisting with fundraisers.

Please contact us at (309)-715-7109 for more information on how to become a member.


  • Fish and Chicken Dinner Friday, April 8th, 2022, 4:30-7pm
  • Furry Friends Annual Fundraiser Saturday, May 7th, 2022, 4-10pm
  • Putt Fur Paws Gold Outing Saturday, June 25th, 2022
  • Howloween 5k Saturday, October 29th, 2022
  • Wiar Trivia Night Saturday, November 5th, 2022
  • Craft/Vendor Show Saturday, December 10th, 2022, 10am-4pm