Volunteering at MCASAC

     Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center! Volunteers are an integral part of our organization, and help improve the quality of life for the animals here at the shelter. There are a number of ways to get involved as an individual or a group, with everything from handling animals to working with the public to helping with administrative tasks.

What are the Requirements to Volunteer?

Age: Volunteer applications are accepted for applicants 18 years of age or older.

Youth ages 14-17 may volunteer provided they are accompanied by a parent/guardian. The parent/guardian is required to apply to volunteer and undergo all trainings. For more information, visit our Youth Apprentice Program page. Youth Apprentice volunteer opportunities include Cat Handler, Small Animal Handler, and Animal Book Buddy.

Time: Volunteers are expected to volunteer at least 8 hours per month, and to commit to at least 6 months of volunteering.

Availability: Generally Monday-Friday (10am-7pm) and Saturday-Sunday (10am-5pm); the shelter is closed on county-observed holidays.

Essential Capabilities: To safely and effectively serve as a volunteer with MCASAC, volunteers must possess the physical, mental and emotional capabilities as outlined here.

Volunteer Opportunities:

How do I become a Volunteer?

1. Register for and attend an information session.
Register for the next information session here. Our Information Sessions fill very quickly and each has a waiting list. Please note these Information Sessions will soon be available online to be completed on your own schedule! If you sign up for any information session on the calendar, you will receive an email when the online session is available. There will not be an in-person session!

2. Submit your application.
Once you have completed your information session, you will need to submit a completed application. Applications will be given to those who are still interested in volunteering after viewing the information session. You will receive a link to fill out the volunteer application online. If you would like a physical copy of the application, you may request one by emailing volunteermcasac@montgomerycountymd.gov

3. Submit background information.

After you application is reviewed, you will be asked to submit information for us to run a background check.

4. Fear Free Shelters and housekeep trainings.
Almost there! Once you have passed your background check, you will be asked to complete the Fear Free Sheltering course, as well as a housekeeping training.
Upon completion of all trainings, you will meet with your mentor and go through the checklist for proficiency with them.

5. Start Volunteering!

More Information:

  • College students looking to volunteer for just the summer must have their applications in by no later than March 1st. 
  • We do not offer volunteer opportunities for those needing court ordered community service hours.
  • Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center offers a variety of opportunities for volunteers with special needs. Any volunteer who has special needs that requires an aide (job coach or assistant) must have his or her aide present at all times when volunteering.  Each and every aide along with the client they serve will accompany a special needs client while volunteering at Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center must attend an mandatory orientations, trainings and mentoring sessions to  become a volunteer and complete any relevant animal handling classes with his or her client.   Special needs volunteers and their aides should each complete their own application and must go through all the necessary orientations and background check processes to become a volunteer.

For Current Volunteers:

If you wish to access the volunteer information center (Volgistics), please click here.






Montgomery County is committed to providing residents with disabilities the opportunity to participate in all of its programs, services and activities.
If you need an accommodation to participate in any program, service or activity sponsored by the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 240.773.5972 or  volunteermcasac@montgomerycountymd.gov. TTY users please contact us through Maryland Relay.

For more information on Montgomery County’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance policies and procedures, see:
• ADA Notice   http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcg/ADA-Notice.html
• ADA Grievance Policy:   http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcg/ada-grievance.html
• ADA Compliance Program:   http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DGS-ADA/Home.html