How to Adopt 

      Thank you for your interest in adopting from Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center. MCASAC has many wonderful dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, turtles and other animals waiting for new homes!

Adopt Same Day!

We do same-day adoptions! Once we receive and review all of your information, you will be asked to schedule an appointment to meet potential new family members. Should you fall in love, you will take them home that day!

First Come, First-Served, by Appointment

Please note, there is no guarantee that any particular animal will be available for adoption at the time of your appointment. In the interest of finding as many homes as possible, we are first-come, first-served by appointment and we do not place animals on holds based on questionnaires.

How to Adopt: Online or In-Person?

You may start the adoption process online or in-person at MCASAC. We ask that you choose one and complete all three steps under that option. That way, your information will stay organized and together. 


Step 1: Complete the Adoption Questionnaire

What kind of pet are you interested in? Complete the Adoption Questionnaire to let us know! 
¿Habla español? ¡Complete el questionario de adopción en español!
If you would like to fill out a questionnaire in Chinese, or would like a PDF version of our English or Spanish Questionnaire, please download the relevant form and email it to

Step 2: Email Us!

After submitting the questionnaire, please email
  • A copy of your Driver's License or other Government Issued Photo ID
  • If you are a Montgomery County resident, a copy of your up to date pet licenses for any and all cats and dogs, and rabies certificates for any ferrets in the household.
  • If you are NOT a Montgomery County resident, a valid rabies vaccination certificate for all dogs, cats, and/or ferrets in the home.

Step 3: Schedule a Visit

Once you have emailed us your supporting documentation, the adoptions team will email you a link to make an appointment online to visit with the animals.

In Person

Step 1: Collect the Required Items

In order to make an adoption appointment, please make sure you have the following items with you:
  • A copy of your Driver's License or other government-issued photo ID
  • If you own cats, dogs, or ferrets AND live in Montgomery County, current pet licenses* for any and all cats and dogs and rabies certificates for any and all ferrets you own.
  • If you own cats, dogs, or ferrets and DO NOT live in Montgomery County, valid rabies vaccination certificates for all dogs, cats, and/or ferrets you own.
*Pets of Rockville City and Gaithersburg City are not licensed by the County, rabies certificates will suffice.

Step 2: Complete a Questionnaire at the Center!

What kind of pet are you interested in? Come in any time we are open and fill out a hard copy of the Adoption Questionnaire!

Step 3: Schedule a Visit

Return the questionnaire and bring all required documents to the front desk and they will schedule an appointment for you to visit with the animals!


Interested in a Barn Cat?

Sometimes known as "barn cats," Freelance Felines are working cats that live on your property and help deter pests and rodents. Visit this page to learn more!

For questions/concerns regarding pet adoption, please email us at