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Pet Resources Library

At HSWC, our vision is to be the area’s leading resource for animal related issues. Below you will find a list of behavioral resources that we hope you will find useful in better-understanding your beloved animals, and how you can help them on their life-long journey of being the best pets that they can be!

Become a Volunteer


Thank you for thinking of the Humane Society of Washington County as the place to donate your time. We are always accepting new volunteers! The success of our Volunteer Program is not only measured by the dedication of time given by our remarkable volunteers, but by the selfless acts they contribute to make life better for homeless companion animals.

You will find getting involved with the Humane Society of Washington County to be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. One information session is offered each month, excluding December. We are able to accommodate up to 10 new applicants in each session. We prefer a two-hour weekly commitment for our regular volunteer program for at least three months. This provides the consistency our animals and volunteers need to succeed.

You must be at least 10 years old to volunteer and until you reach the age of 16, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 21 each time you volunteer.

Pending a background check, you will be sent an invitation to attend the session you signed up for. If you do not receive an invitation and have questions please email Kimberly Jones at

Please note: You must be 18 or older to sign up for an informational session. Children ages 10 through 15 must have a parent or guardian sign up for the session with their child as a secondary attendee. Please put the name and age of your child or children in the comments section. 

Once you have attended an informational session and you are positive you are able to give back to the animals in our community, you will be given a link to submit an application.

Become a Volunteer

Student Service Learning Hours


We currently participate in Junior National Honor Society, but not 7th grade SSL hours. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We truly want the teenagers 16 years or older who are interested in the field of Animal Welfare, so any teen desiring to volunteer, we ask that they have a written reference from someone who is not a friend or family member (teacher, guidance counselor, pastor, etc.)


Any students applying with less than four months before hours are due will not be considered for the program.

Please submit all information to:
Kimberly Jones
13011 Maugansville Road
Hagerstown, MD 21740

SSL Hours

Reading to Animals Program 

Flo reading to long-time resident Korbin

Our Reading to Animals Program is beneficial for both shy readers and our shelter animals! Please sign up for an orientation. After you've attended the class, you can come at a time it's convenient for you to read to the animals!
You must be at least 7 years old to read to the animals and until you reach the age of 16, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 21 each time you read to them.

Please note that our dog adoption floor can be noisy with lots of barking, so this may not be a good fit for children who do not like loud noises!

What our younger animal lovers can do to help shelter animals

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Children not old enough to volunteer or who do not have a parent or guardian able to volunteer with them can still help our animals! Here are some suggestions on things they can do to help:

  • Host a lemonade stand or bake sale to benefit the shelter

  • Hold a donation drive in your community or school and ask people to bring in food, toys, litter, etc. for the animals at the shelter

  • If someone you know is thinking about getting a new pet, encourage them to come to our shelter!  We always have dogs and cats and often have small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets or birds

  • If you are planning a tour for a group of young animal welfare advocates, please email Kimberly Jones at She will assist you in your scheduling needs!

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