Please Note: At this time, we are not onboarding any new volunteers due to COVID-19.  We will share an update on our website and Facebook page when we are able to welcome new volunteers in the future. Thank you for your understanding!

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. Two information sessions are offered each month, excluding December. We are able to accommodate up to 30 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 8 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 kjones@hswcmd.org.

Please note: You must be 16 or older to sign up for an informational session. Children age 8 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.


One-Time Group Opportunities

We are happy to accommodate one-time group volunteering (groups of ten people or less) as projects become available!  We are unable to host a group of more than 2-3 people to volunteer with normal daily tasks, simply due to space, training time, etc.  If your group has flexibility and no deadline, please email Kimberly Jones at kjones@hswcmd.org and when a project arises, she will contact you directly.  Please note that groups of teenagers will require chaperones.

** Please note that there will be no informational sessions or classes held during the month of December ** 

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 apply to be a part of our program will need to submit a 1,000-word essay on why they want to volunteer with the Humane Society. In addition to the essay, 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


What our younger animal lovers can do to help shelter animals

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 Rebecca Moore at rmoore@hswcmd.org. She will assist you in your scheduling needs!

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Upcoming Events

Events Calendar

Washington County Gives

Tuesday, May 11th

Chipotle Fundraiser Benefitting HSWC

Tuesday, May 25th

4:00pm - 8:00pm

16th Annual LuHowl - Save the Date!

Saturday, June 12th

100th Anniversary Gala Celebration!

Saturday, November 13th