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The SPCA of Anne Arundel County has an active and vibrant volunteer program. We greatly depend on our dedicated volunteers to help us care for our homeless animals. We have a variety of opportunities available for volunteering as outlined below. Please see the information about becoming a volunteer on the left sidebar for this page.


Volunteers are expected to commit to participate for a minimum of 6 months,, 6 hours per month. There is a $20 program fee to become a volunteer. This covers the cost of the volunteer t-shirt, handbook and training materials. Payment is expected at time of volunteer training.


Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. We do have an adult/teen program for teenagers, aged 13-17, who want to volunteer. The adult and teen must each complete a separate application. Please note that adults can only volunteer with one teen at a time.


Dog Walkers

Help us to give every shelter dog the chance to get out in the fresh air and get exercise. Brighten a shelter dog’s day by taking him or her for a walk on our 5.5 acre nature trail at the headwaters of Back creek. Our volunteer dog walkers make life better for our shelter residents and enjoy a nice walk themselves.


Once a volunteer has had several months of practice walking our dogs, we offer additional opportunities for assuring our dogs stay happy and healthy until they find their forever homes. Working on enrichment activities and using our dog play yards are just two examples. The more experienced you become in working with our dogs, the greater your influence will be on them having satisfying lives while at the SPCA.


Cat Socializers

Our kittens and cats love to be taken out of their cages to be petted, groomed, and shown affection. Our cat socializers brighten the lives of our cats and kittens while enjoying the playful affection of our feline residents. Socializing with them helps make them more adoptable and better pets. Stimulation and regular human interaction are important ways to help do this.


We have little kittens and sweet, older cats. They all enjoy time out of their cages every day. Come volunteer and meet new friends, feline and human.


Petite Suite Socializers

Our petite suite residents - rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, and the occasional ferrets or chinchillas love to be petted, groomed, and shown affection. Our petite suite socializers brighten the lives of our petites. Socializing with them helps make them more adoptable and better pets. Stimulation and regular human interaction are important ways to help do this.


Event Staffing

The SPCA does a significant number of events within the state of Maryland, most of them showcasing our adoptable animals. Our volunteers are integral to our success in performing outreach in the community, highlighting the care we provide to homeless animals, and making those perfect animal/adopter matches. Participation in events can include anything from working at our larger events, like our annual Walk for the Animals, to bringing a dog, cat or other adoptable animal to a variety of weekly events.


Participating in our events is a great way to help the SPCA and make new friends. Because our volunteers will be handling our animals in a public setting, participating in events and showing our animals to potential adopters requires additional training. The two-hour session is open to all current volunteers at no additional cost.

Fill out our Volunteer Application Form