Spay/neuter volunteers play a crucial role in assisting with high-volume spay/neuter surgery for thousands of pets every year.

With the support of the spay/neuter team, volunteers assist with prepping cats and dogs for surgery.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Clean and sterilize surgical instruments.
  • Wrap surgical packs for cat and dog surgeries and sterilize in the autoclave.
  • Cut and fold surgical drapes.
  • Prepare vaccinations for administration by veterinarians and vet technicians.
  • Assist with daily clinic needs such as cleaning cages, stocking supplies and doing laundry.
  • Assist with closing duties such as sweeping and mopping.

Physical Demands

  • Standing with frequent bending, kneeling, stooping and reaching


  • Active surgical clinic, exposure to strong smells, animal waste and potentially hazardous conditions, including the risk of animal bites
  • Exposure to active surgery, including blood and tissue, and needles (volunteers do not administer vaccinations)
  • Clothing requirements: long pants, closed-toe shoes, shirts with sleeves; volunteer T-shirt provided after 10 hours of service


  • Minimum of two shifts per month for one year

Get Started

The first step to getting started as a volunteer at the MD SPCA is to attend a volunteer orientation. Held twice a month at the MD SPCA, the orientation will provide you with more information about volunteering and allow you to ask about our volunteer policies.

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