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Youth Apprentice Program

Thank you for your interest in the Youth Apprentice Program! This volunteer program targets teens ages 14-17. The apprentice program offers insight into the operation of a municipal shelter and provides some “hands-on” opportunities to work with animals within the shelter. 

A parent/guardian is required to go through all the required trainings for becoming a volunteer. The parent/guardian and youth will volunteer together as a team. For all animal handling shifts, there must be a one to one ratio of adult to youth. For non-animal handling, multiple youth may be under the supervision of one adult.

What's Next?

Becoming a youth volunteer follows the same steps as our general volunteer onboarding process! The parent/guardian must start the process for the youth.

1. Parent/Guardian register your account on our Member Portal

2. Follow the prompts!
3. Submit Required Forms.
4. Parents/Guardians will receive an email from HireRight for a basic criminal background check.

You should receive the email within 3 business days.

5. Complete your Housekeeping shifts and Fear Free Shelters Online Course
You may complete Fear Free Shelters prior to your Housekeeping shifts, or after, but it must be completed before any animal handling!
6. Begin training in your area of interest!
We'll pair you up with staff or another experienced volunteer to get you started!
7. Have fun!!

For questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator:
Tammy Mathis



Montgomery County is committed to providing residents with disabilities the opportunity to participate in all of its programs, services and activities.
If you need an accommodation to participate in any program, service or activity sponsored by the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center, please our Volunteer Coordinator at 240.773.5696 or TTY users please contact us through Maryland Relay.

For more information on Montgomery County’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance policies and procedures, see:
• ADA Notice
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• ADA Compliance Program:

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