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Our Featured Laurel, MD Partner:

Companion Animal Rescue Alliance (CARA)

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

DC Metro Area, Baltimore Metro Area, and Northern VA. Some out of area adoptions can be performed within a network of adoption groups performing a home visit for CARA.

About Our Rescue Group:

We are a network of about two dozen animal-loving humans who are dedicated to rescuing cats and dogs, making sure they receive the care they need, and finding them caring homes.

Most of us are very experienced in animal rescue and have been involved in other rescue groups. Several of us have experience in trapping and neutering feral cats; we support this method for population control.

We also support efforts to educate the public about animal care and related issues. You can find out more about us at our main web page,

All of our animals are vetted before going into their forever homes. This includes rabies and distemper vaccinations, a vet examination, and deworming, ear mite and flea treatments. Cats have been tested for feline leukemia and feline aids, and dogs have been tested for heartworm and given treatments. If the animal is not yet old enough to be spayed or neutered, there is a checkback when the animal is old enough to ensure it has been done in compliance with the adoption contract terms.

Come Meet our Pets:

We do not run a shelter, all of our animals are in foster homes.

Our Adoption Process:

Step 1: Meet our cats and dogs looking for good homes.

Check our web page for pictures and biographies. Contact us to meet the animal you are interested in. We hold weekly "adoption shows" at local petstores -- see the website for our schedule!

To contact us, please email us at, one of our volunteers will respond back to you.

Step 2: Fill out an application.

Applications are available to download in html, Adobe PDF or Word formats from our main page, Free software downloaded from Adobe will allow you to view and print out PDF files from your browser.

You can download or print it out, then email it to us or bring it with you when you meet the cat or dog.

Step 3: Application Review

Your application will be reviewed to make sure that this is the right dog or cat for you. We will call your vet to obtain a summary of the vet record for your current pets. If you rent, we will verify that you are allowed to have animals. This step takes just a couple of days, and is one that nearly all rescue groups take these days.

Step 4: Adoption

Once your application is approved, we will schedule a home visit to bring over your new cat or dog. You will be asked to sign an adoption contract and pay an adoption fee, which is a donation that goes toward vet care of more rescued animals.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.