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.

We do offer a youth apprentice program for teens ages 14-17. 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 (12-7pm) and Saturday-Sunday (12-5pm); 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.

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 attending the information session. Once completed, please email your application to volunteermcasac@montgomerycountymd.gov. You may also mail it to us at:

ATTN: Volunteer Coordinator
7315 Muncaster Mill Rd
Derwood, MD 20855

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

4. Classroom and housekeep trainings.
This is the final step! Once you have passed your background check, you will be asked to attend a classroom training with our behavior specialist in your specific area of interest (dog kennel, cat room, etc.), 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 240.773.5696 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