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(240) 252-2555 (voice)

(240) 547-4308 (fax)

601 S. Stonestreet Ave.

Rockville, MD 20850

Business Hours


Seven days a week





with MCHS


Learn new skills, meet new people, make a difference in the life of homeless animals

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in animals’ lives? Join our volunteer team! Our volunteers socialize cats, walk dogs, answer phones, handle adoption visits and more.

Our next volunteer orientation is scheduled for ____. To receive an invitation, complete a volunteer application.

At the present time, our volunteer program is limited to adults only. We look forward to having you on our team!

The MCHS Volunteer Program provides support in the rescue, office, and "behind the scenes."  Volunteers are a critical part of our daily functions and are part of who we are; the organization relies on volunteers for support and dedication to the animals.

Volunteer opportunities are available for adults (18+).

If you are 18 or over and interested in applying to volunteer with us, please print out and complete the adult volunteer application and return it to the volunteer coordinator.

Mail the app, drop it by the shelter, or fax it in.
Our fax number is (240) 547-4308.

Getting Started
All volunteers are first required to fill out an application. You may turn in your completed application at 601 South Stonestreet Avenue, or send it to the volunteer coordinator. Please allow for up to 2 weeks to be contacted after turning in your application. After submitting your application, you will be assigned to an orientation. Volunteer assignments are then arranged with the Volunteer Coordinator to ensure the best placement for both the volunteer and MCHS. Prospective volunteers must complete required training for the desired volunteer position, prior to establishing a weekly volunteer schedule. Due to risk of injury, all volunteers will sign a release of liability before beginning their training.

Volunteers 18 years of age and over may choose the area they wish to help in and must be approved by the Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteers may be terminated if work fails to meet acceptable standards, if the volunteer fails to follow the proper procedures and rules established by the organization, or if the time commitment is not met.

Training and Scheduling
Training is provided by MCHS staff or seasoned volunteers. The new volunteer will be taught all of the skills necessary for his/her assignment. After training, the Volunteer Coordinator will make an evaluation to determine how best to utilize a volunteer's time and skills. We encourage volunteers to explore the many different aspects of the MCHS volunteer program and not to limit their volunteer experience to just one area.

Time Commitment
We ask each volunteer to make a 1-year commitment with a minimum of 2 hours per week. (Some special projects may require less than a 1-year commitment and are arranged by the Volunteer Coordinator).

Volunteers working with animals should wear denim-type pants -- no stretch pants, sweat pants, skirts, or shorts while volunteering. Closed-toe shoes and long sleeves are required at all times.

Equal Opportunity
The MCHS's Volunteer Program offers many diverse opportunities for our volunteers, and we welcome and encourage participation from all members of the community.

If you have questions about the volunteer program, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator by emailing


This page last updated 1-21-15


United Way #8330

Combined Federal Campaign #54823

Maryland Charity Campaign #6035

Federal Tax ID #52-6044968



601 South Stonestreet Avenue | Rockville, MD 20850
Main Number: (240) 252-2555