Volunteer at Animal Control

Thank You
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Frederick County Animal Control. FCAC is an exciting place where you can really make a difference! There are more than 100 volunteers who are actively involved with the care of our animals and the maintenance of the shelter. Please read below to see if there is an opportunity waiting for you.

The first step to becoming a volunteer is to attend non-committal orientation session.
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Orientations are held 1-2 times per month. Contact Shawn Snyder, volunteer coordinator, to find out when the next orientation will be held or with questions you may have about the program. You can also learn more about volunteering by reading our FAQ page.

Volunteer Opportunities
Animal handling and Foster Care
  • Provide care in your home for a shelter animal in need
  • Transport animals to local adoption events or veterinary appointments
  • Assist at local adoption events
  • Walk and exercise animals
  • Feed and water animals
  • Groom animals (bathing and brushing)
  • Clean cages, dishes and bedding
  • Assist patrons visiting animals
  • Assist staff with medical care of animals
  • Train animals
  • Provide foster care for special needs
  • Assist in the spay and neuter clinic
  • Serve as photographer's assistant
Office & General Assistance
  • Answer phones
  • File contracts and animal records
  • Take lost and found reports
  • Follow up on adoptions
  • Update Petfinder pet information
  • Deliver posters and flyers to local businesses to display adoptable pets
Adoptions (Class Required)
  • Adoption visits (supervising interaction with available animals)
  • Adoption Counseling (helping families choose pets)
  • Admission desk (accepting animals into the shelter and collecting pet bio details)
Humane Education
  • Speaking engagements
  • Shelter tours
  • Writing pet bios for animal cages or Petfinder
  • Attending fairs and festivals