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Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County

18959 Bonanza Way, Gaithersburg, MD

Phone: 301-740-2511


PO Box 332, Boyds, MD

Phone: 240-605-3423

Frederick County Humane Society

5712 Industry Ln, Frederick, MD

Phone: 301-694-8300

Friends of Montgomery County Animals

12400 Piney Glen Ln, Potomac, MD

Humane Society University

700 Professional Dr, Gaithersburg, MD

Phone: 301-548-7731

Montgomery County Animal Control

2350 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD

Phone: 240-773-5960

Montgomery County Animal Rescue League

9520 Accord Dr, Potomac, MD

Montgomery County SPCA

PO Box 637, Washington Grove, MD

Phone: 301-948-4266

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary

15200 Mt Nebo Rd, Poolesville, MD

Phone: 301-428-8128

Sheltie Haven Sheltie Rescue, Inc.

2707 Rosemary Court, Adamstown, MD

Phone: 301-663-0635
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Sugarloaf Horse Rescue, Inc.

3056 Green Valley Rd, Ijamsville, MD

Phone: 301-865-0118

US Neapolitan Mastiff Club

PO Box 192, Jefferson, MD

Phone: 410-766-8225

4 PAWS Rescue Team, Inc.

PO Box 2908, Merrifield, VA

Phone: 703-715-6369

A Forever Home Rescue Foundation

PO Box 222801, Chantilly, VA

Phone: 703-961-8690

Animal Allies Burke Alexandria

PO Box 7040, Fairfax Station, VA

Phone: 703-940-9183

Blue Ridge Border Collie Rescue

1950 Kirby Rd, McLean, VA

Phone: 571-766-0980

City of Fairfax Animal Control Shelter

3730 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA

Phone: 703-385-7919

Collie Recue, Inc.

PO Box 223953, Chantilly, VA

Phone: 703-963-7329

Fairfax County Animal Shelter

4500 W Ox Rd, Fairfax, VA

Phone: 703-830-1100

Fancy Cats Rescue Team

PO Box 182, Herndon, VA

Phone: 703-464-0760
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Feline Foundation of Greater Washington

PO Box 3071, Merrifield, VA

Phone: 703-920-8665

Ferrets R No 1 Shelter & Rescue

5906 Boston Dr, Falls Church, VA

Phone: 703-998-3151

Furry Suits Rescue

PO Box 21, Herndon, VA

Golden Retriever Rescue Education and Training, Inc.

PO Box 3069, Falls Church, VA

Phone: 703-620-6593

Homeless Animals Rescue Team

PO Box 7261, Fairfax Station, VA

Phone: 703-691-4278

Humane Farm Animal Care

PO Box 727, Herndon, VA

Phone: 703-435-3883

Humane Society of Fairfax County

4057 Chain Brg Rd, Fairfax, VA

Phone: 703-385-7387

Humane Society of Loudon County

PO Box 601, Leesburg, VA

Phone: 703-777-2912

Kitkat Rescue

38581 Daymont Ln, Waterford, VA

Phone: 540-882-9689

Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation

PO Box 223953, Chantilly, VA

Phone: 703-295-3647
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Loudoun County Animal Shelter

39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford, VA

Phone: 540-882-3211

Man's Best Friends, Inc.

PO Box 1841, Middleburg, VA

Phone: 703-581-1128

Manassas Park Animal Control

329 Manassas Dr, Manassas Park, VA

Metro Ferals

PO Box 7138, Arlington, VA

Phone: 703-528-7782

Mutt Love Rescue, Inc.

PO Box 1005, Fairfax, VA

Northern Virginia Animal League, Inc.

7522 Hyde Court, Manassas, VA

Phone: 703-368-2460

Northern Virginia Reptile Rescue

PO Box 275, Bluemont, VA

Phone: 703-971-1109

PAWS & Claws Animal Rescue

PO Box 2504, Reston, VA

Phone: 703-689-0500

The Shiloh Project

12210 Fairfax Towne Ctr, Fairfax, VA

Phone: 703-591-3600

Westie Rescue of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc.

PO Box 342, Dunn Loring, VA

Phone: 703-671-1039
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About Animal Shelters

An animal shelter or pound is a place where stray, lost, abandoned or surrendered animals, mostly dogs and cats, and sometimes sick or wounded wildlife are kept and rehabilitated. Animal shelters offices offer a variety of low-cost services for pets residing in the County: rabies vaccinations, annual vaccine packages, microchipping and more!

Please note, all pets surrendered to Animal Care & Control must be current on vaccinations (this is for the health and safety of the pet). Proof of vaccinations is required. For pets not current on vaccines, they can be brought to the shelter for this service; pet owners will then need to take the pet home for 14 days to allow the vaccines time to take effect before surrendering.

Shelters generally take in all sorts of animals (not just pets depending on local restrictions) and are almost always full. Because a big number of animal shelters take in all sorts of animals, they can have a problem keeping all of them and this often ends with the shelter having to euthanize animals rather than set them loose to fend on their own. Of course people who run or work in shelters do not want this to happen and some have no-kill policies in place but sometimes, letting the animal be put to sleep is the best option for the homeless animal and the community. This is the reason why shelter animals are typically seen as having their days numbered because in many instances, that can really be true.

Animal Shelter Pros

Animals are housed in the shelter’s facility so you’ll have a chance to see available animals for adoption. Processing time for adoption is usually shorter and have fewer requirements as compared to adopting from an animal rescue (Do your due diligence about your shelter if you have any questions). There is an easier way to interact with a future pet since some shelters provide a meeting area or playroom for you to meet and be acquainted with an animal you like. A majority of shelters treat their animal’s minor health conditions… And would also deworm plus spay and neuter before letting the animal be ready for adoption. This means that you will save a considerable amount on vet fees.

Animal Shelter Cons

Some animal shelters may be in a hurry to get you to take the pet home. This can have negative results depending on your and the pet’s needs and personality. Keep in mind that shelters have very limited space and they would always need new space to house other animals. Some animals in the shelter have no known history whatsoever. Another possible issue is that since animals have a short turn-around time in most shelters, the staff and volunteers may not really know enough about the animal to gauge whether it will be a good fit with you. Private shelters may have a lot of requirements and fees before letting you adopt or take home a pet. For some people, a minimal fee can be a con despite the fee being considerably cheaper than to bringing an intact pet to a vet for spaying and neutering. Shelter animals are often not on their best behavior because a shelter can be a very scary place for an animal who is not used to being in a confined space with other animals (this also applies even to the most well run shelters). For this reason, you might miss opting for a great pet just because the animal was scared when you met it.