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 interested in volunteering, please visit our SSL Program page. Parent/guardians must start the process for youth volunteering.

Availability: Seven days a week 10am-7pm

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

If you are unable to meet our essential capabilities due to a disability, please email volunteermcasac@montgomerycountymd.gov prior to applying to volunteer.
Due to the nature of our work and the inherent risks of working with animals, our volunteer program is built with safety at the forefront. Therefore:
  • Volunteers requiring an aide will not be able to work with the animals, but may volunteer in a non-animal handling capacity.
  • Individuals who do not meet the physical capabilities outlined in the Essential Capabilities will not be able to volunteer hands-on with the animals, but may participate in other volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Dog Handler- Urgent need for morning dog walkers!
  • Cat Handler
  • Small Animal Handler
  • Groomer (professionals only, please)
  • Shelter Greeter
  • Animal Transporter
  • Tour Guide
  • Administrative Assistant

How do I become a Volunteer?

1. Create your account! 
Start out by creating your account on our Member Portal
2. Follow the steps for registration!
Follow the prompts and you'll be on your way to volunteering in no time!

3. Look out for your welcome email when you have completed the steps!
Please be patient- you should receive the email within 3 business days.
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!!


For Current Volunteers:

Access the Volunteer Member Portal




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