Volunteering can be very rewarding at PAWS Chicago. As a volunteer you can remain ignorant of the constant push to bring more animals into the system (many from out of state). If there is sickness animals will be stuffed in crates, with 4-5 dogs in a 6×6 room. They are stuck in there all day because they are infectious and the only attention they get is from the caregiver cleaning the mess or the tech that gives their meds.
When this happens consistently it is a real moral buster. There is very little appreciation or compensation for working to make the dogs and cats lives better. Training is poor and while there are many in management there is no one observing who is getting actual work done. You can be lazy and work here if you stay on management's good side. If you work hard, don't expect much in return, I'm the end you are there for the animals anyway.