Volunteer with MCHS

We’re happy that you want to join our team!  Our volunteers play a vital role in fulfilling our mission of “Ending animal homelessness through adoption, education and outreach while saving lives and supporting the bond between pets and their families.”  We cannot do what we do without the dedication and talent of our amazing volunteers.

Most volunteer opportunities at the rescue are available during our open hours, Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.   Off-site opportunities can be scheduled throughout the day, including evenings.

Once you’ve been accepted as a volunteer (after attending the mandatory Volunteer Information Session and required training), MCHS will collect a $20 fee, which covers the cost of your volunteer T-shirt, name badge, manuals, and training materials.

We hope that you find volunteering with the Montgomery County Humane Society to be a positive and rewarding experience.

As a volunteer, you must meet all of the following requirements:
  • Be 18 years of age and over.  If you are younger than 18, there are other ways to get involved. (Ambassadors, Paws in the Park)
  • Commit to 6 months of volunteering. Opportunities at our rescue location require a minimum of four hours per month.  If you know in advance that it will be difficult to fulfill this commitment, please consider helping us in other ways.  Volunteer opportunities outside the rescue have different time commitments.
  • Read, understand and agree to detailed policy and protocol information as be able to remember and follow MCHS policies and procedures at all times.
  • Communicate professionally — providing a positive customer service experience for our patrons is a responsibility of all volunteer roles.
  • Understand and fulfill all responsibilities of the volunteer role independently, with little or no supervision in many cases.
  • Able to physically fulfill the duties of their volunteer role. Most volunteer roles require volunteers to:

– Stand, and/or walk for up to 3 hours
– Lift and carry up to 20 lbs.
– Reach and lift
– Have quick reflexes to prevent animals from escaping enclosures
– Possess vision abilities including close vision, distance vision and depth perception

  • Treat all animals, staff, volunteers and patrons with care, compassion and professionalism.

Getting started

Step 1:  Complete and submit the volunteer application.  Volunteer application form. After your application is reviewed, you’ll be invited to attend a Volunteer Information Session (VIS) at our rescue.

Step 2:  Attend a Volunteer Information Session (VIS). Attendance at a VIS is required before becoming a volunteer. The VIS will include information about the history and work of MCHS, which volunteer opportunities are available and details about them, participation in a tour, and how you can help MCHS.

Step 3:  At the end of the Volunteer Information Session, MCHS will collect a $20 fee which covers the cost of your volunteer T-shirt, name tag, manual and training materials.  T-shirts are men’s sizes.

Step 4:  The volunteer manager will schedule training for you with a volunteer mentor or MCHS staff member.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

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Volunteers socialize our cats and dogs, help out at fundraising events, greet our visitors and assist them, answer phones, and much more. A list of possible assignments can be found here.

Volunteers must be 18 years or older to work with the animals. If you’re 15 or older, you can help by becoming an Ambassador and distribute promotional materials for MCHS. You may also help with our annual Paws in the Park Dog Walk & Festival, held in April.

As a nonprofit, MCHS relies on donations from our supporters to help us carry out our mission. The $20 fee covers the cost of your volunteer T-shirt, name tag, manual, and administrative expenses, so that we can use our funds to help the animals.

We ask our volunteers to make a 6-month commitment to our organization, and to spend 4 hours each month at our rescue. This is important for both MCHS and for the animals in our care – we are all counting on you! Because volunteers enable us to expand our services by providing additional resources that augment our operations, it is important that you adhere to your schedule.

Training requirements are listed under each opportunity. For those volunteers working with the animals and the public, it is very important to be properly and thoroughly trained to protect your safety and that of our animals.  Our customers rely on volunteers to provide accurate information, as well, so training in answering common questions is very important.

We understand! We have opportunities outside of our rescue that don’t have a structured schedule. You can help out at events, and with our outreach/humane education programs. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter and share our posts and stories. Gather donations for a wishlist, or hold fundraisers in your community.