At this time, the Maryland SPCA is only accepting applications for dog deputies, Kibble Connection volunteers, Amazon pickup volunteersVirtual Story Time volunteers, and court-ordered community service.

We look forward to welcoming back cat cuddlers, but we’re not seeking that position right now.

Please be aware: Volunteers are required to have reliable internet access. Currently, orientation and initial training are all being done online.

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, the first step is signing up for a volunteer orientation. You'll learn more about volunteering and have the chance to ask questions. Currently, orientation and initial training are being done online.

Current opportunities

Dog Deputy

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

Kibble Connection General Volunteer

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

Kibble Connection Delivery Volunteer

Keep pets in loving homes by delivering pet food for our Kibble Connection program.

Amazon Warrior

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

Virtual Story Time Reading Volunteer

You and your pet can help children learn compassion toward animals while sharpening their reading skills.

Virtual Story Time “Producer” Role

Performs the essential duties that keep Virtual Story Time running smoothly for volunteers, pets, and students.


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.

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

I never really saw myself being able to volunteer in a "shelter" due to my sensitive nature, but this has been one of the most fulfilling choices I have ever made. It is such a positive or "pawsitive" environment and I feel so good when I'm there and know that my little part makes a difference.

Dog Deputy 2, Dogs Day Out Volunteer, & Adoption Events Volunteer

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

Our veterinary practice can keep your pet healthy and happy. All proceeds benefit animals at the MD SPCA.

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.

Help pay for health care essentials and adoption services.

Help pets stay in loving homes where they belong.

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.
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