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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. 

What are the Requirements?

    The Youth Apprentice Program requires both parent and teen to go through the application process. There are two separate applications that need to be completed:


What's Next?

     Once you have completed both a parent and youth application, our volunteer coordinator will be in touch. 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:

Lea Ann Gross




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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.

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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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