Are you interested in volunteering with the Maryland SPCA? Would you like to give back and help pets and people?

We have a virtual opportunity for you! The Maryland SPCA has recreated our Wagging Tales Reading Hour virtually. Children aged 5-10 will log on to their computers on Thursday afternoons to read to volunteer pets! This will help children connect with animals while practicing their reading skills in a positive, non-judgmental space.

Volunteers are needed Thursdays from 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.  

In order to participate, you must:

  • Have a pet who can still for at least 15 minutes (taking a nap or eating dinner is perfect). Cats, dog, rabbits, hedgehogs, parakeets, etc. are welcome).
  • Have a webcam you can be position on your pet(s).
  • Have a stable internet connection and access to Zoom.
  • Be at least 15 years old and/or enrolled in high school.
  • Schedule an orientation.


  • Do I need to be able to volunteer for each reading session? No! You can volunteer with us once a week, twice a month, or every week. It’s up to you!
  • I need service learning hours for high school or college. Would this count? Yes, absolutely.
  • Could I do this with a smartphone? Yes, you can use your smartphone to log into Zoom.
  • Will training be provided? Yes, all volunteers go through a training session.
  • I’m not in Maryland. Volunteers from across the U.S. (and even the world) support this program! As long as you can log on to Zoom from 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT on Thursdays, we’d love to have you volunteer with us.
  • What’s my next step? Schedule an orientation.
  • I have a friend who interested in volunteering. Great! Share this page with them.
  • I know a child who might be interested in reading to the animals. How can I connect them to the program? Email for more details.

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.

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