How to Adopt 

      Are you considering adding a new pet to your household? MCASAC has many wonderful dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, turtles and other animals waiting for new homes!

      Our goal is to find happy, safe, and healthy homes for as many animals as possible; therefore, adopters who are present and prepared get to meet the animals first. In our adoption center and foster homes, the first person to visit with an animal, has the first opportunity to adopt.

      Please note that we encourage same-day adoptions, so come prepared to leave with your new pet with a collar and leash and/or carrier. 

What are the requirements to adopt?

      We encourage all prospective adopters to use the Adopter Pre-Visit Prep Checklist (Here in Spanish) to plan your 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.
  • If you rent a residence, bring or email a lease with pet addendum that states you can have pets  
    • OR a Letter of Authorization from homeowners or the rental company if there is no formal lease
  • If you are a Montgomery County resident, bring or email current pet licenses for all cats and dogs, and rabies certificates for any ferrets in the home. If your pets are not licensed, you will need to purchase pet licenses for each animal which may be done at the adoption center or online. To purchase a pet license you must have an up to date rabies certificate.
  • If you are NOT a Montgomery County resident, bring or email valid rabies vaccination certificates for all dogs, cats, or ferrets in your home (if applicable). 
  • Be ready to welcome a new pet into your home right after your visit (don't forget to bring a collar/harness and leash or a carrier!)

Step One: Complete the Adoption Questionnaire

Complete the  Adoption Questionnaire  to let us know whether you are interested in adopting a dog, cat, or another type of animal. While you will have space to express interest in a particular animal, we cannot guarantee that the animal will be available at the time of your visit to the adoption center.

You may complete the adoption questionnaire online or in person at our adoption center. Make sure to review the Adopter Pre-Visit Prep Checklist (Here in Spanish) prior to your visit to ensure you have all of the appropriate documentation with you in order to adopt.

If you need to fill out a questionnaire in Spanish, please use this version and email it to AdoptMCASAC@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Step 2: Send in Required Documents

If you submitted the questionnaire online, you will receive an email from adoption staff requesting that you respond with your supporting documentation. You may opt to bring the documentation with you to the adoption center in lieu of email.

If you are submitting the questionnaire in person, our front desk staff will ask you for your supporting documents.

Step 3: Walk-In or Schedule a Visit

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

If you are bringing your documentation with you to the adoption center, a customer service representative will offer you the next available appointment to speak with a counselor. If there are no more available appointments for the day, an appointment may be scheduled for another day.

Be on time for your appointment! If arriving more than 10 minutes late, we cannot guarantee that there will be time or a counselor available to see you and we may have to ask you to reschedule.


Schedule online and skip the line! Complete the Adoption Questionnaire (Spanish Version) and indicate your interest in a cat, dog, or another animal. An adoption counselor will review your information and send you a link to schedule a visit!

Or walk into our adoption center fully prepared to adopt by reviewing our Pre-Visit Checklist and bringing all the supporting documentation with you. A customer service team member will schedule you for the next available visit.
For questions/concerns regarding pet adoption, please email us at AdoptMCASAC@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov.