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Action Pet Rescue

3300 Whitesworth Rd, Phoenix, MD

Phone: 443-318-4810

Allegany County Animal Shelter

716 Furnace St, Cumberland, MD

Phone: 301-777-5930

American Ferret Association

626 Admiral Dr, Annapolis, MD

Phone: 888-337-7381

Animal Advocates of Howard County

PO Box 1403, Ellicott City, MD

Phone: 410-880-2488

Animal Control

411 Maxwell Frye Rd, Millersville, MD

Phone: 410-222-8900

Animal Rescue Inc

2 Greenbrier Rd, Towson, MD

Phone: 717-993-3232

Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County

18959 Bonanza Way, Gaithersburg, MD

Phone: 301-740-2511

Animal Welfare Society

33 Queen St, Cumberland, MD

Phone: 301-724-0446

Animal Welfare Society

8556 Davis Rd, Columbia, MD

Phone: 410-465-4350

Ark of Hope Animal Rescue, Inc.

13400 Arctic Rdg Ln SE, Oldtown, MD

Phone: 301-478-3300
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Association For Animal Rights

67 Main St, Reisterstown, MD

Phone: 410-526-5224

Baltimore Humane Society

1601 Nicodemus Rd, Reisterstown, MD

Phone: 410-833-8848

Barcs Baltimore Animal Rescue Care Shelter

301 Stockholm St, Baltimore, MD

Phone: 410-396-4695

Bob's Pet Rescue Intake & Re-Adoption Center

2200 Whitcomb Cir, Parkville, MD

Phone: 443-791-0339

Bunny Bliss

PO Box 328, Arnold, MD


PO Box 332, Boyds, MD

Phone: 240-605-3423

Calvert Animal Welfare League

1040 Prince Frederick Boulevard, Prince Frederick, MD

Phone: 410-535-9300

Caroline County Humane Society

407 W Belle Rd, Ridgely, MD

Phone: 410-820-1600

Cat Rescue of Maryland, Inc.

6400 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville, MD

Phone: 410-747-6595

Cats R Us

20 Sandstone Court, Annapolis, MD

Phone: 410-263-1719
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Catwoman Rescue and Adoption

1118 Cedarbrook Rd, Hampstead, MD

Phone: 410-239-6645

Cecil County SPCA

3280 Augustine Herman Highway, Chesapeake City, MD

Phone: 410-885-2342

Chesapeake Cats and Dogs

300 Is Professional Park, Stevensville, MD

Phone: 410-643-9955

Cocker Spaniel Adoption Center, Inc.

PO Box 8150, Elkridge, MD

Phone: 410-628-6191

Cold Nose Warm Heart Chihuahua Rescue

PO Box 1591, Owings Mills, MD

Community Cats Coalition, Inc.

5 Windswept Dr, Berlin, MD

Phone: 443-909-8047

Cool Cats Rescue Adoption

PO Box 4481, Annapolis, MD

Phone: 443-458-0996

Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Inc.

PO Box 309, Lisbon, MD

Phone: 301-854-5037

Defenders of Animal Rights Inc

14412 Old York Rd, Phoenix, MD

Phone: 410-527-1466

Eastern Shore Sanctuary & Education Center

13981 Redding Ferry Rd, Princess Anne, MD

Phone: 410-651-4934
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English Setter Rescue

551 Bohemia Church Rd, Warwick, MD

Phone: 410-398-1590

Equine Rescue & Rehab Inc

16724 Miller Ln, Parkton, MD

Phone: 410-343-2142

Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue, Inc.

6654 Gilardi Rd, Boonsboro, MD

Phone: 301-416-2028

Frederick County Humane Society

5712 Industry Ln, Frederick, MD

Phone: 301-694-8300

Freedom Hill Horse Rescue

8705 Sam Hl Dr, Owings, MD

Phone: 410-474-7662

Friends of Montgomery County Animals

12400 Piney Glen Ln, Potomac, MD

Fur the Love of Paws, Inc.

23 Bright Sky Ct, Owings Mills, MD

Furry Friends

1539 Merritt Boulevard, Dundalk, MD

Phone: 410-282-8602

Garrett County Animal Shelter

152 Oakland Sang Run Rd, Oakland, MD

Phone: 301-334-3553

Garrett County Humane Society

10334 Fdsv Rd, Friendsville, MD

Phone: 301-746-5725
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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.