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! Should you fall in love, you will take them home that day! If the animal you are interested in is ready to go, be prepared to take them home as soon as you finalize the adoption!
Need more time or unsure? Ask about our trial adoption or foster-to-adopt program!

First Come, First-Served

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

If a particular animal has gone home by the time of your visit, we will try to find someone similar (who might even turn out to be a better fit!). You can see who is available for adoption before your visit at The website updates every two hours. 

How to Adopt: 

Step 1: Complete the Adoption Questionnaire

What kind of pet are you interested in? Complete the Adoption Questionnaire to let us know! You can complete the adoption questionnaire ahead of time online, or fill it out at the shelter when you arrive.

¿Habla español? ¡Complete el questionario de adopción en español!
If you would like to fill out the questionnaire in Chinese, please download the form here and bring it with you to the shelter. 

Step 2: Prepare for Your Visit!

  • Please bring a government-issued photo ID with you such as your driver’s license.
  • If you live in Montgomery County and currently own cats, dogs, or ferrets, please bring their rabies certificates with you to the shelter. You may also license cats and dogs online before your trip. For more information on licensing, visit 
  • We rely on donated supplies so if you can, please bring a carrier if adopting a cat or small animal or a leash and collar/harness if adopting a dog. (Please do not bring retractable leashes. Thank you!)
Be prepared to pay the adoption and pet licensing fee, if applicable. For a list of adoption fees visit 

Step 3: Come to the Shelter!

Visit us at 7315 Muncaster Mill Rd. in Derwood, MD. You may walk through the shelter and view our available animals any time we are open!
  • Have a look around!
  • Select two animals you would like to meet. We can help you decide on whom to meet. If at the end of your visit you still want to meet more animals, you can always ask to be placed back on the waiting list.  
  • Bring all required documents to the front desk. Your name will be added to our waiting list once all required paperwork is received (questionnaire and pet license, if applicable).
Wait time and availability will depend on adoption demand and staffing levels day-to-day.
Please note, we serve the last adopter one hour before closing. At that time, we will invite those waiting to come back another time.

We can’t wait to meet you and introduce you to your new family member(s)!


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 [email protected].