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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!

Ways to Help

We have many opportunities for volunteers at the MD SPCA. We are currently recruiting for volunteers 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 independently.
  • 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 Adrienne Potter Yoe at [email protected] or 410-235-8826 x148, or Laryssa Blanchard at [email protected] or 410-235-8826 x146.

Getting 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.

Follow the link below to select a date and submit your RSVP. Space is limited in each session and new sessions are added every month. If all sessions are full, please check back next month for more opportunities.


If you do not meet the requirements to volunteer, there are many other ways to get involved with the Maryland SPCA!