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Animal Care Agencies

Helping our furry allies is a great way to make a difference in your local community. Many dogs and cats in the animal shelter lack enough attention and socialization to be able to be placed in a happy home. You can make a difference by walking the dogs and playing with the kitties! Help our future pets by giving them attention first!

For more information about these organizations, please contact our office at 217-581-3967 or email

Paradise Equestrian Therapy Center (P.E.T. Center)

P.E.T. Center creates a safe and educational atmosphere for people with physical and mental disabilities. Through therapeutic riding, the P.E.T. Center assists with engaging and enhancing their client’s potential. P.E.T. also serves individuals with ADD/ADHD as an alternative to drug therapy. 18146 E. Co. RD. 750 N., Charleston, IL 61920.

Volunteers are needed during the months of April to November to assist with taking care of the horses and walking alongside riders. Please wear tennis shoes and blue jeans.

Contact Person: Penny, Executive Director
Telephone: 217-232-0022

Genesis Animal Rescue

Genesis Animal Rescue is dedicated to ending the suffering of animals by providing compassionate care, rehabilitation, and adoption. Established in 2001, we are an ALL volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization who relies on supporters dedicated to rescue. We are a licensed animal shelter/foster home organization with the Department of Agriculture for Illinois. Our group consists of individuals who have donated countless volunteer hours to the plight of homeless and abused animals. These people open their homes and hearts to act as foster parents until permanent placement is established.

Volunteer opportunities and our online volunteer application can be found on our website: under the Volunteer tab. In addition to on-going, individual volunteer opportunities, Genesis also welcomes help from student groups on fundraisers, donation drives, & our special events.

Contact Person: Kristin Yager

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