Kids Can Help Shelter Pets, Too

While our volunteer program is designed for individuals 17 years of age and older, children under 17 can still make a difference in the lives of our shelter pets by:

    • Making pet treats. Please schedule a time to drop off perishable treats by emailing or calling (410) 235-8826 ext. 128.
    • Participate in our Wagging Tales program.
      • Wagging Tales Virtual Story Time, where children are paired virtually with a live animal to read to, offering a chance to practice their reading skills in a non-judgmental, fun way!
      • Wagging Tales Teacher-Led Curriculum (TLC) for teachers interested in teaching their students to treat pets and people with empathy and compassion.
      • Wagging Tales Academy, where MD SPCA staff come into the classroom to help teach humane education.
    •  A great way to help animals in our community is through fostering a dog or cat!Animal fostering is when your family provides short-term care to shelter animals in your home before they’re adopted. If your family is interested in learning more about fostering an animal from the MD SPCA, please contact
    • Boy and Girl Scout Troops are encouraged to create enrichment items or make pre-approved animal treats (see above) to earn a special “Pet Pals” badge through the MD SPCA. MD SPCA staff are available to provide presentations for troops on basic humane education topics such as pet care, pet safety, and more. Troops are invited to schedule a tour of our shelter (based on availability) during which troops read to the animals in the shelter, helping to lessen the stress for the animals in our care. Please contact the Humane Education department at HumaneEd@mdspca.orgor 410-235-8826 ext. 128 to schedule a tour or presentation. Take this out and add MD SPCA staff are available to meet through Zoom to discuss projects and activities. Please contact or 410-235-8826 x118.
    • Eagle Scout and Gold Award Projects.If you are interested in helping the Maryland SPCA through an Eagle Scout or Gold Award Project, please contact the Humane Education department at or 410-235-8826 ext. 128. Change to and x118  Past projects have included building an exercise yard for our shelter animals, planting trees, building benches, making community cat shelters, and more! Projects are accepted based on shelter need and availability.

Do you have an idea for a project that you don’t see above? Please contact us to discuss your ideas at or 410-235-8826 ext. 128.


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