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How to Adopt

Are you considering adding a new pet to your household? Come visit the Adoption Center and meet our wonderful dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, turtles and other animals waiting for new homes!

When you come in:

Look at adoptable animals online or just come to the shelter to meet available animals.   If you are looking for a dog or cat (or puppy/kitten), fill out a “ Meet Your Match TM Survey and an adopter information sheet to help our trained adoption counselors recommend the best animals for your lifestyle.

A trained adoption counselor will be assigned to take you back to the animal holding areas and show you potential matches. Please note: Due to the time and effort our adoption counselors give to each applicant, we cannot accept applications after 6 p.m. (M, T, Th, F) and after 4 p.m. (Sat. and Sun.) though visitors are welcome to continue looking around until closing. If you see an animal that you like, your adoption counselor will bring the animal into a private adoption area so you can meet him/her and discuss his/her individual characteristics, as well as your expectations and needs.

Once you and your adoption counselor agree that you’ve found a great match, a “hold” will be placed on the animal while the adoption is finalized.  In some cases, the animal may be held for up to 48 hours in order to complete any necessary requirements, such as meet-and-greets with other animals in the home.

Barn Cat Adoptions

The Montgomery County Animals Services and Adoption Center’s (MCASAC) barn cat program places fully vetted, semi-feral cats into safe, independent-living settings such as barns, outbuildings or even warehouses. A barn cat program can save lives and help a community’s felines and humans co-exist peacefully with each other in a mutually beneficial partnership. For more information, click here.

Girl with Dog

Adoption Fees for Dogs Generally Include:

Spay/Neuter Microchip
Heartworm Test Distemper,
Bordatella and Rabies Vaccines
Flea Treatment De-worming

Adoption Fees for Cats Generally Include:

Feline Leukemia/Feline AIDS Test
Distemper and Rabies Vaccines
Flea Treatment De-worming



Adoption Type Fee
Dog $150 *
Cat $100
Rabbit $50
Ferret $50
Chinchilla $50
Iguana $50
Guineau Pig $25
Snake $20
Hamster, Gerbil, Mouse, and Rat $10
Small Lizard, Turtle, and Fish $10
LIvestock $10
Small to Medium Bird, e.g. Parakeets, Finches, Doves, Lovebirds, Cockatiels, etc. $10 - $50
Large Birds, e.g. Parrots, Cockatoos, etc. $50 - $150
*Please note: An additional licensing fee for dogs and cats may be required depending on the age of the animal and the town of residence of the adopter.




Exotics and Small Animals




Contact Us: Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center
Department of Police · Animal Services Division
7315 Muncaster Mill Road · Derwood, MD 20855 · Telephone: 240.773.5900 · Fax: 301.279.1063
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