Youth Apprentice Program

    Thank you for your interest in the Youth Apprentice Program! This volunteer program targets teens ages 14-17. The apprentice program offers insight into the operation of a municipal shelter and provides some “hands-on” opportunities to work with animals within the shelter. Youth volunteers will have opportunities to work with cats and small animals and special events opportunities. Parental participation is required for a minimum of six months, eight hours a month. 

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting Youth Apprentice volunteers again! Please note there is limited space, so please sign up for the next available Youth Apprentice information session. Please click here* for information session availablity. Sessions are offered on the first Thursday of every month. 

*If you would like to register for a Youth Apprentice information session, please make sure to sign up for events labled "Youth Apprentice Program at Montgomery County Animal Services and Adotion Center."


What's Next?

The information session is the first step towards becoming a valued volunteer team member at MCASAC. Background check and other trainings are required at a later date. 

Please be advised that not everyone who completes an application is accepted into the program, and that our program is usually full, and you may have to wait for a spot to open up. We kindly ask for your patience during the application process. 

If you are accepted into the program, you will be invited to attend a volunteer orientation session where you will learn about safety guidelines for being a volunteer at the shelter. 

After you have attended an orientation and mandatory classroom trainings, you will be paired with a volunteer mentor where you will be expected to complete hands-on training. 

For questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator:




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 240.773.5972 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:

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