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!

We receive a large number of volunteer inquiries. We kindly ask for your patience during the application process. 

1. Watch our online Introduction to Volunteering.

View the below video to learn about volunteering at MCASAC! After you have watched the video, if you are still interested in becoming a volunteer, complete the quiz!

2. Complete the quiz!
Once you have watched the video, complete this quiz ! After we have received your results, we'll send you an email with next steps! Please note: email addresses with the domain name ending (school emails) will not accept email responses from us. Please use an alternate email or have a parent/guardian contact us directly.

3. Submit background information.

Once we have received your quiz, we will send you background forms. All parents/guardians must complete backgrounds to volunteer. We will also send a youth waiver form. If you would like hard copies of the forms, please email and we will prepare a packet that may be picked up at the Center.
These forms may be returned via email, dropped off at the Center, or mailed to:

Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center
Attn: Volunteer Program
7315 Muncaster Mill Rd
Derwood, MD 20855

4. Submit your application
After backgrounds have been cleared and all required forms submitted, you will receive a link to a short volunteer application to express your area of interest! There is an application for youth volunteers and for parent/guardians. Each youth must fill out an application and each parent/guardian must fill out their own application. At this time we will also provide you with information to register for Fear Free Shelters and how to sign up for your first Housekeeping shift! If you would like a physical copy of the application, you may request one by emailing

5. Complete your Housekeeping shifts and Fear Free Sheltering
You may complete Fear Free Sheltering 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:



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 240.773.5972 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
• ADA Grievance Policy:
• ADA Compliance Program:

                Youth Apprentice Program at Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center