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Our Featured Fallston, MD Partner:

Humane Society of Harford County

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.

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Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Baltimore County, Harford County and Beyond

About Our Shelter:

The Humane Society of Harford County, Inc., located in Fallston, Maryland, is a non-profit, open-admission animal support organization dedicated to providing shelter and care to the homeless, abandoned and abused animals of Harford County. We provide a safe and healthy temporary shelter and seek loving, permanent homes to ensure the long-term welfare of the animals we serve. Through education and advocacy, we promote the humane treatment of companion animals and work toward reducing, and ultimately eliminating, pet overpopulation in the county through low-cost spay and neuter programs.

We have welcomed more than 300,000 animals since 1947 and provide service to the community in conjunction with animal control to safeguard public health and safety. We strive to promote the special bond between humans and their companion pets in securing forever homes for our animals.

The Humane Society of Harford County serves nearly 6,000 animals each year. The animals include dogs, cats, ponies, birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, bearded dragons, lizards, snakes, spiders, iguanas, turtles, ducks, turkeys, chickens, goats and pigs, to name a few. The majority of the animals we receive are cats (and kittens) and dogs (and puppies).

Come Meet our Pets:

We are open 7 days a week. Monday through Friday, our hours are 11am – 6pm; Saturdays from 10am – 5pm; and Sundays from 12 – 4pm. In addition, we hold adopt-a-thons throughout the area, so check our website at for details.

Our Adoption Process:

Thank you for choosing to adopt an animal. We hope that your life with your new pet will be as happy and fulfilling as you do. Because adopting a pet is a life-long commitment and not one to be entered into lightly, we ask that read our adoption process carefully and help us to help you find your new family member. We must ask that you are at least 18 years old. You must possess a valid driver’s license or state identification. If you rent, you must bring a copy of your rental agreement stating that you can have pets. You must provide us with 2 working telephone numbers. You must have all members of the family or residents of your home present to meet the potential new pet. Finally, you should be prepared to bring any resident dogs in to introduce it to all potential adopted dogs prior to adoption. Please visit our website at for an adoption application.

Your satisfaction is very important to us. We will make every possible effort to make the adoption process as simple as possible, while still ensuring that animals are placed responsibly. We ask that you read carefully and understand the following statements. (1) Pets are adopted "as is" - we do NOT make any guarantees as to the health, age, and/or temperament of any pet we adopt out. (2) A pet CANNOT be adopted as a gift for another person. (3) ALL dogs will be sent directly from HSHC to be spayed or neutered before they go home with you. (4) We retain the right to REFUSE an adoption to anyone. (5) We accept cash or major credit card - sorry, no checks.

All cats and dogs adopted from us have received the following: first set of distemper vaccinations, Rabies vaccination (4+ months); de-wormer, flea/tick preventative, spay/neuter, microchip, and a general exam.

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.