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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. 

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.

Volunteer Opportunities: 
  • Dog Handler
  • Cat Handler
  • Small Animal Handler
  • Groomer (professionals only, please)
  • Animal Transporter
  • Tour Guide
  • Administrative Helper
  • Volunteer Mentor

How do I become a Volunteer?

1. Complete a  Volunteer Application Online
If you prefer a hard copy of the application, copies are available at the front desk of the Center's adoption lobby or you can print one here.

2. Submit your application.
You can submit the form online, or download and email it to You may also mail it to us at:

ATTN: Volunteer Coordinator
7315 Muncaster Mill Rd.
Derwood, MD 20855
3. Attend an orientation.
After you submit your application and have passed a background check, our volunteer coordinator will be in touch with you about attending an orientation session. 

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 our Volunteer Coordinator at 240.773.5696 or 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
• ADA Grievance Policy:
• ADA Compliance Program:

Contact Us: Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center
Department of Police · Animal Services Division
7315 Muncaster Mill Road · Derwood, MD 20855 · Telephone: 240.773.5900 · Fax: 301.279.1063
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