At this time, the Maryland SPCA is only accepting applications for individuals completing court-ordered community service. We have yet to determine when we will onboard new volunteers.

We’ll provide more updates as they become available. Thank you for understanding!

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Increased satisfaction from making a difference in the lives of homeless (or shelter) pet.
  • Strong ties to a community of fellow animal lovers.
  • Deeper understanding of animal care and behavior.
  • Reduced stress levels.

Get Started

The first step to getting started as a volunteer at the Maryland SPCA is to attend a volunteer orientation session. Orientations are held twice a month at the MD SPCA. At orientation, prospective volunteers are invited to learn more about the MD SPCA, volunteer policies, and how you can get involved.

Current opportunities


Perform your court-ordered community service with the MD SPCA. You must be 18 years of age or older and pre-approval is required. Misdemeanors only.

Temporarily suspended roles

Cat Cuddler

Socialize and play with cats and kittens in the shelter. Introduce them to potential adopters.

Dog Deputy

Walk, play with, and clean up after dogs in the shelter. Introduce dogs to potential adopters.

Front Desk Concierge

Be the face of the Maryland SPCA by greeting visitors, sharing program information, and taking go-home photos of adoptees

Spay/Neuter Volunteer

Clean and prepare surgical supplies, help clean cat and dog crates, and do laundry.

Event Volunteer

Provide customer service to event attendees and assist with setup/breakdown.

Education Support

Work with students, provide tours, answer questions, and support students as they read to our shelter pets.


Provide temporary care for kittens, puppies, cats, or dogs until they’re available for adoption.

Other ways you can help


Bring your group to volunteer at the shelter. Three- and four-hour shifts are available. Registration required.


While our volunteer program is designed for people aged 17 and older, there are other ways children under 17 can help our pets.

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteering at the MD SPCA is fun and I love animals. The people who work at the MD SPCA are the best.

Jeremy Henry

Did You Know?

In 2019, our dedicated volunteers gave 40,000 hours of their time (valued at more than one million dollars).


Develop and enhance your relationship with your pet through our training classes.

A complete range of services to meet all your pets’ medical needs.

Spay and neuter surgery for cats and dogs.

Caring for the health of every new pet that arrives in our care.

Saving the lives of Maryland animals since 1869.

Explore all the ways to give to the Maryland SPCA.

Your support saves the lives of local cats and dogs.

Give cats and dogs the gift of your time.

Life-saving knowledge and resources for all your pets' needs.

We're currently operating by appointment only due to COVID-19.
This is default text for notification bar