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. 

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. Watch our online Introduction to Volunteering.
View the below video to learn about volunteering at MCASAC! After you have watched the video, if you are still interested in becoming a volunteer, complete the quiz!

2. Complete the quiz!
Once you have watched the video, complete this quiz ! After we have received your results, we'll send you an email with next steps! 

3. Submit background information.

Once we have received your quiz, we will send you background forms. If you would like hard copies of the forms, please email volunteermcasac@montgomerycountymd.gov and we will prepare a packet that may be picked up at the Center.
These forms may be returned via email, dropped off at the Center, or mailed to:

Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center
Attn: Volunteer Program
7315 Muncaster Mill Rd
Derwood, MD 20855

4. Submit your application
After backgrounds have been cleared and all required forms submitted, you will receive a link to a short volunteer application to express your area of interest! At this time we will also provide you with information to register for Fear Free Shelters and how to sign up for your first Housekeeping shift! If you would like a physical copy of the application, you may request one by emailing volunteermcasac@montgomerycountymd.gov

5. Complete your Housekeeping shifts and Fear Free Sheltering
You may complete Fear Free Sheltering prior to your Housekeeping shifts, or after, but it must be completed before any animal handling!

6. Begin training in your area of interest!
We'll pair you up with staff or another experienced volunteer to get you started!

7. Have fun!!

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 all 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 trainings 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