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

If you want to volunteer at the Maryland SPCA, complete our online application.

You must be 17 years or older to volunteer.

Urgent Needs:

Dog Deputy

Walk, play with, and clean up after dogs in the shelter. Introduce dogs to potential adopters. (Morning and evening shifts needed)


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

Front Desk Concierge

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

Always Needed:

Kibble Connection General Volunteer

Support families with pets by volunteering at our Kibble Connection pet food pantry.

Cat Cuddler

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

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.

Amazon Warrior

Help pets at the MD SPCA and in the community by volunteering at our Amazon donation pickups.


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.

Other Ways To Help:

Group Volunteering

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

Youth Volunteering

While our standard programs are designed for those 17 and older, there are still ways children under 17 can help our pets.

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.

Help pay for health care essentials and adoption services.

Help pets stay in loving homes where they belong.

Give food, toys, another items to support our mission.

Give cats and dogs the gift of your time.

Provide a temporary home for pets who need extra time.

Join us for training classes and community events.

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