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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!

      We recommend arriving at the shelter with as much time before closing as possible. We stop taking new adoption consultations by 5:00 pm on the weekdays and 3:30 pm on the weekends.

      Please note that sometimes same-day adoptions may be possible, so come prepared to leave with your new pet with a leash and/or carrier. 

What are the requirements to adopt?

      We encourage all prospective adopters to read our Adoption Policies before their visit, and use the Adopter Pre-Visit Prep Checklist to plan your visit and ensure eligibility for adoption questioannaire submission on the day of the visit. 
In order to adopt, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Bring your driver's license or other government issued photo ID
    • If the address on your ID is not your current address, you must bring a lease or closing statement listing your name and address, as secondary verification
  • Bring a lease with pet addendum that states you can have pets (listing size/breed/number of animals restrictions), if you rent a residence  
  • Rabies vaccination certificates for all dogs, cats, or ferrets in your home (if applicable)
  • Be ready to welcome a new pet into your home!

Where can I find an application?

     All applications are completed in person after meeting with an adoption counselor. We also have a questionnaire that we ask everyone to fill out prior to meeting with a counselor. If you wish, you may complete this questionnaire at home and bring it when you visit us in person. The questionnaire can be found here (in English) and here (in Spanish).

What about my pets at home?

     Please leave your pets at home prior to your initial visit to the shelter. We will help you determine the best way to introduce your new pet to your current pet(s). An adoption counselor may also schedule an introduction to occur at the shelter at a later time.

Can I adopt if I live out of state/county?

     Yes! Adopters from all over are welcome to visit us and adopt a pet. All we ask is that the person adopting is able to visit us in person. We do not transport pets. 

How much is an adoption fee and what does it include?

     Our adoption fees can be found here. The following is a breakdown of what is included in our adoption fees:
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Microchip
  • Heartworm test
  • Distemper, Bordatella, and Rabies Vaccines
  • Flea treatment and de-worming

  • Spay/Neuter
  • Microchip
  • Feline Leukemia/Feline AIDS test
  • Distemper and Rabies Vaccines
  • Flea treatment and de-worming

What if I want to adopt an animal that is currently in foster care?

The process to adopt an animal in foster care is as follows:

1. Arrange a meet and greet with the foster. You can find their contact information on the pet's profile via our adoptable pet listings. 

2. If the meet and greet is successful, please visit our shelter to complete a survey and speak with an adoption counselor. If you would like to complete a survey ahead of time, you can download it here. Please keep in mind that we operate on a first come, first serve basis. 

3. If the adoption is approved, you will then make arrangements with the foster to pick up your new pet directly from the foster's home. 

Where can I find more information on a specific pet other than what is listed on your website?

     Visit our adoption center! Our adoption counselors will be happy to sit down with you to discuss the specific animals you are interested in, and help you determine which pet is best suited for your family and lifestyle. 
For questions/concerns regarding pet adoption, please email us at







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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