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Donate Your Time

At the Maryland SPCA, we are proud to have the support of many wonderful volunteers who put their concern for animal welfare into action by donating their time. Our dedicated volunteers make a commitment to help our organization and touch the lives of pets and people every day. Our volunteers are invaluable to us. They help save animals’ lives.

Ways to Help

We have many opportunities for volunteers at the MD SPCA, including our Foster Care program. We are always in need of volunteers to help out in the following areas:


Requirements to Volunteer

Maryland SPCA volunteers must meet the following requirements before filling out a volunteer application:

All Maryland SPCA volunteers must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Commit to volunteering at least twice a month for the next six months.
  • Be capable of safely handling animals with minimal staff supervision.
  • Have their own health insurance.
  • **Cat cuddlers must be able to lift cats and kittens.
  • **Dog Deputies must be able to restrain strong, large dogs, including being able to lift at least 50lbs.

If you aren’t sure if you meet any of these requirements, please contact Jaclyn Tekiela at jaclyn@mdspca.org or 410-235-8826 x146, or Kate McHugh-Westfall at kmchughwestfall@mdspca.org or 410-235-8826 x148.

Apply Here

If you are interested in volunteering at the MD SPCA and meet all of the requirements above, you can begin the application process by completing a volunteer application. The questions asked in the application are designed to ensure that your volunteer experience is positive for both you and the animals. After receiving your application, a member from our volunteer team will contact you to arrange an orientation meeting to discuss your volunteer interests and the MD SPCA’s opportunities.

Volunteer Application

If you have questions about volunteering at the Maryland SPCA, please contact: jaclyn@mdspca.org or 410-235-8826, ext. 146.