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Dog Deputy volunteers play a crucial role in providing humane care and ensuring the health and safety of dogs in our care. With the support of the Volunteer Manager and Coordinator, Dog Deputies will provide mental and physical enrichment for the dogs in our shelter, as well as working with the general public to show adoptable dogs.

Available Shifts

We are currently recruiting for Dog Deputy volunteers who are available during the following shifts:

  • Wednesdays from
    • 9:15 – 11 a.m.
    • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Thursdays from
    • 9:15 – 11 a.m.
    • 3 – 5 p.m.
  • Fridays from
    • 9:15 – 11 a.m.
    • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Saturdays from
    • 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sundays from
    • 2 – 4 p.m.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Walk dogs on the property for up to 15 minutes
  • Socialize with dogs in their cages
  • Show dogs, sometimes off leash, to customers in designated areas as requested by adoption staff
  • Assist customers in the kennels by answering their questions or directing them to a staff member
  • Observe and document any medical or behavioral concerns, and report them to the appropriate channel
  • Document dogs bathroom habits and always use “poop bags” to clean up after dogs while they are out
  • Report any feedback or concerns to office staff regarding potential adopters during meet and greets
  • Follow all Maryland SPCA policies and procedures regarding dog handling

Physical Demands

  • Ability to lift and/or restrain 50+ pounds
  • Walking for periods of time with frequent bending, kneeling, stooping and reaching

Volunteering Environment

  • Volunteering is performed in a kennel setting
  • Volunteers can be exposed to strong smells, animal waste, and potentially hazardous conditions, including the risk of animal bites
  • Volunteers are required to wear pants, closed toe shoes, and shirts with sleeves at all time. A volunteer t-shirt will be provided after 10 hours of service


  • A minimum of 2 shifts per month for 6 months