Build trust and team spirit while engaging in projects that support pets and people in the community.

We offer a variety of opportunities for groups to hold a day of service on the grounds of the Maryland SPCA. We engage dozens of corporations, university groups, and nonprofit groups each year.

Each group that visits the Maryland SPCA for a day of service will receive a behind the scenes tour of the shelter and get the opportunity to meet an adoptable pet!

How to schedule your day of service

  • To schedule your Day of Service, please complete this form.
  • We schedule Days of Service approximately five weeks before dates of service, and appreciate advance notice.
  • Groups may bring up to 10 individuals.

Your agenda at the Maryland SPCA

  • 10-15 Minutes: Arrive, get set up to go! Team arrives, checks in and signs waivers, and meets with the Volunteer Team.
  • 2-3 Hours: Team is split up into smaller groups, working in your assigned role around the shelter.
  • 30 Minutes: Tour, meet adoptable animals and team photos!

Types of tasks performed by volunteers

  • Volunteer groups assist us with our lifesaving work by cleaning our kennels, sterilizing laundry and dishes, preparing treats for our positive reinforcement dog training program, and cleaning our adoption wagon before events.
  • While our volunteers will meet an animal ambassador at the end of each day of service, we do not permit groups to handle or walk our adoptable animals. If you’re interested in working with animals regularly, you can apply to become an individual volunteer.

Volunteer experience

The presence of animal fur, animal dander, and peanut butter can be found throughout our facility. Please plan accordingly to ensure that you have a safe visit.

Get Started

Fill out our online form to request a group volunteer day.

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.