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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:

Sign in at the front desk and walk through our adoptable pet areas. If you see an animal that you're interested in, write down their A#, and then let the front desk know that you would like to speak to an adoption counselor. 

Next, a member of the adoptions staff will meet with you and ask questions about your experience and discuss the information we have about your potential pet. You can ask questions about the animal's behavior, medical history, or anything else you can think of. ​After you have spoken with an adoptions staff member, you will meet with your potential pet.

You may be asked to obtain your landlord’s approval for the adoption. This policy helps us reduce the number of animals that are returned to us.

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:

Heartworm Test
Distemper, Bordatella and Rabies Vaccines
Flea Treatment and De-worming

Adoption Fees for Cats Generally Include:

Feline Leukemia/Feline AIDS Test
Distemper and Rabies Vaccines
Flea Treatment and 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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