How to Adopt 


 

Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center is altering the adoption process during the COVID-19 recovery to align with County guidelines and to ensure the safety of patrons and employees. Adoption Policies remain unchanged.

 

To View Animals Online

To view our available animals online, please visit our Adoptable Pets page. This list of animals is updated throughout the day. If you see an animal you are interested in, please take note of the animal’s NAME and A# for completing the Adoption Questionnaire.

Common notation in online dog profiles include:

  • Dog to Dog: Waived or Required
  • Family Visit: Waived or Required
  • Kids Score: Easy, Medium, or Hard

These are designations given by a MCASAC Behavior Evaluation Specialist and indicate observed social skills in reference to other dogs, unknown people, and the animal’s presumed ability to integrate into a home with children. Counselors will discuss details of all animals’ profiles with potential adopters.

 

Adopting an Animal in Foster Care

If an animal is listed as being in foster, please contact the foster family directly via the link provided to get more information about the animal. The first step in adoption is submitting an Adoption Questionnaire. Once the application and required documents have been received, Adoption Staff will direct the foster to set up a time for you to meet the animal. If the meeting goes well and you want to proceed with adoption, Adoption Staff will schedule a time for you to come in and finalize the adoption prior to the release of the animal.

 

Visiting the Adoption Center

Patrons are not currently permitted to visit the Adoption Center without an appointment set by Adoptions staff. Please monitor the Animal Services website for updates regarding Adoption Center status.

You do not need to visit the Adoption Center to submit an Adoption Questionnaire (see below).

 

Applying to Adopt

Please fill out the Adoption Questionnaire to express interest in an animal. No paper questionnaires will be accepted. 

Inquiries will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested parties do not need to contact the Adoptions team to follow up on a submitted questionnaire.

Counselors will work as quickly as possible to process adoptions, but it will take longer than the previously established 24-hour turnaround time.

When Adoption Counselors reach out to potential adopters, they must respond with requested information within 24 hours or their application will be voided. Meetings with animals (including dog-to-dog meetings) will occur by appointment only, once required documents have been submitted and verified. Scheduling of appointments will adhere to a 24-hour timeline.

Adoption policies and the checklist of items we will verify have not changed and are viewable on our How to Adopt page.

Prices have not changed and are viewable here.*

* An additional licensing fee for dogs and cats may be required, depending upon the age of the animal and the jurisdiction the adopter resides in.

 

If you have questions about the adoption process you may email adoptmcasac@montgomerycountyMD.gov.