Humane Education and Volunteer

(301) 780-7220


AMD offers several diverse presentations promoting a healthy and respectful attitude towards animals and a respect for all living beings. These presentations are free of charge to schools, and civic and community associations throughout the County. The program topics include:

  • Pet Care
  • Safety Around Animals
  • Animal Overpopulation-Spay/Neuter Services
  • Proper Care of Household Pets

Our professional staff will help you select a suitable topic and presentation for your group. To schedule a presentation, call the Volunteer Coordinator at (301) 780-7220.


In addition to the presentations, AMD also offers tours of the Animal Services Facility. The tours last approximately 20 minutes and consist of a walk through our facility. During the tour, participants may have an opportunity to hold some kittens and puppies, as well as ask questions. To schedule a tour, please call the Volunteer Coordinator at (301) 780-7220.

Volunteer Programs

The Animal Management Division (AMD) provides opportunities for students to fulfill their community service requirement for graduation. Any student, 14 years of age or older, that is interested in volunteer work at the Animal Services Facility, must complete an application (PDF). Student volunteers perform routine cleaning assignments such as washing food bowls and water buckets, helping with laundry, or cleaning windows.  They may also have clerical tasks such as stuffing envelopes or labeling documents. Students are not allowed to work with the animals in the kennels due to the liability to the County should they be injured.

Adult volunteers (at least 18 years of age) wishing to work with the animals must complete a volunteer application and attend a scheduled one-hour orientation followed by a tour.

AMD also accepts court ordered community service volunteers. This is coordinated through Parole and Probation, Department of Public Safety and Corrections and the State of Maryland.

Anyone wishing to pursue volunteer work with the AMD should either call (301) 780-7220 or visit the shelter and obtain an application. The approval process normally takes two weeks to complete. Volunteer work is available to students in half-day shifts on Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and for adults 18 or over from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week.



For more information on animal–related issues and a list of upcoming events, please view our Animal Chatter Newsletter.

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