Want to make a difference for animals in need? Join our volunteer team! Our volunteers socialize cats, walk dogs, answer phones, handle adoption visits, help at our events and more. A list of current adult volunteer opportunities can be found here.
Our volunteer program is currently limited to adults 18 years and up.
To get started, sign up for a volunteer orientation. Our next volunteer orientation is scheduled for mid-March. To receive an invitation, complete and submit a volunteer application (online form).
You can mail the application, drop it by our offices, or fax it to (240) 547-4308. We receive a lot of application, so please understand that it may take up to two weeks to receive a response after submitting your application.
What to Expect from Your Volunteer Experience
Once you submit your application, you will be invited to attend an orientation meeting. This meeting is mandatory, to ensure that you understand what is involved in volunteering and complete the necessary paperwork (including a liability release form).
The MCHS Volunteer Coordinator will work with you to schedule your training and ongoing schedule.
Training and Scheduling
Training is provided by MCHS staff and experienced volunteers, and is designed to teach the skills, including safety precautions, necessary to complete the work. After training is complete, the Volunteer Coordinator will work with you to determine the best fit with you availability, interests and skills. To fully appreciation how your efforts and skills can help MCHS with its work, we encourage you to explore more than one area of volunteerism. For example, if you are a cat handler, try greeting guests or working an MCHS event to experience how MCHS works with patrons or members of the community.
Your Time Commitment
We ask each volunteer to make a two-hour commitment weekly, and also commit to continue your volunteerism for one year. Some projects require less than a 1-year commitment, and can be arranged with the Volunteer Coordinator.
Volunteers working with animals should wear denim-type pants -- for your safety, no stretch pants, sweat pants, skirts, or shorts may be worn while volunteering. In addition, MCHS requires closed-toe shoes and long sleeved shirts while working with animals. Other volunteer activities, such as working at an MCHS event, may have different requirements.