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.
City of Rockville, Maryland
Mission Statement: To create a supportive environment in which all animals are valued and appreciated for their role in human and social wellbeing while addressing overpopulation and mistreatment of animals and reducing reliance on institutional sheltering.
Overview: The Montgomery County Humane Society (MCHS) in Rockville, Maryland, is a non-profit 501(c)3 animal welfare organization that has provided animal sheltering services for Montgomery County since 1958. Our funds to operate the Montgomery County Animal Shelter are provided under a grant from the Montgomery County government and from private donations.
We shelter approximately 8,000 animals and service the animal-related needs of approximately 100,000 people yearly. Many of the services provided are mandated by grant contract from the county and others are mandated by our care and concern for the animals in our care.
MCHS has spent approximately one million dollars in the past four years to supplement county funds, both in cost overruns and in MCHS programs. Since 1958, many millions have been spent in veterinary care. Veterinary costs are over $100,000 yearly. This money actually pays for over $200,000 in care, as many Montgomery County veterinarians bill MCHS at 50% of the normal charges.
The Montgomery County Humane Society can continue to operate only with your support. Please view the other pages of our website to see the many ways you can help.
Step One: The first step in the adoption process is to view the animals during visiting hours. All family members must visit with the animal within 24 hours of filling out the application.
Please bring paper and a pen. When you arrive at the shelter, you may go directly back to the animal areas. You do not need to take a number or wait in line at the front desk for this first step. Once you are in the animal areas, if you see an animal that you would like to visit with, write down the pet's name and/or number. Cats, kittens and puppies are given names; adult dogs are given numbers.
At this step in the process, it is a good idea to write down information on as many different animals as possible, since some of the animals that interest you may already have adoption applications.
Step Two: Once you have a list of animals in which you are interested, bring it to the information desk in the lobby (if open) or if not, to the front counter and take a number. Please attempt to limit your request to three different animal visits.
When a customer service representative is available, they will review your list and give you the pertinent information on each of the animals that interest you, so that you can make notes accordingly.
Select the animals that are still available to visit with and go back to that area and wait for an animal caretaker to assist you. Please wait in the designated areas, not by the animal's cage. This is very important as if you wait by the animal's cage, there may be a long delay in getting assistance.
If you are visiting with a dog, wait just inside the main kennel door by the sign.
If you are visiting with a cat, wait in the main cat room (the second door on the right of the cat area).
If you are interested in small animals, birds or reptiles, please ask the front office for assistance as many of these animals are out of view to the general public.
Step Three Once you have finished your visits and have chosen an animal(s), return to the front counter in the lobby and take a number. When your number is called, you will be given an application to complete for the animal you have selected.
Please make sure that you bring your driver's license or other form of ID with you, as well as your landlord's numbers, if needed. All family members must visit with the animal within 24 hours of filling out the application. The application cannot be processed until this is done and we have received the landlord's permission.
Applications are taken on a first come, first-serve basis and Montgomery County residents take priority over out-of-county residents, as we are the county animal shelter.
Step Four: Once this process has been completed, your application will be assigned to one of our adoption counselors. This counselor will contact you to arrange an interview, answer any questions, and discuss ways to make this adoption a smoother transition for both you and your pet.
The counselor will offer vital information such as how to introduce your new pet to your current pet(s), how to get help with illness, if necessary, and the importance of monitoring children with your new pet.
We try to assign all applications within 72 hours of the time that the animal becomes available. The adoption process may take longer if the animal you have selected 1) is a stray that must be held for six days or 2) has a previous application that must be processed.
Please do not be discouraged to apply for an animal that already has an application. It is commonplace for applications to be withdrawn and as a result, your application could become the first one on the animal.
Step Five: Once the adoption counselor has contacted you, the interview must be done ASAP, as it is our goal to find appropriate homes for the animals as fast as possible in order to make room at the shelter for incoming animals. Once the interview has been completed, we ask that you return to the shelter within 24 hours to complete the contract unless other arrangements have been made.
Step Six: When you come to the shelter to pick up your new pet, you will need to be prepared to pay all adoption fees. Included in the fees is a mandatory purchase of a spay/neuter coupon (unless the animal is already spayed or neutered) that can be used only at Montgomery County Humane Society participating vets.
A vet that is not a Montgomery County Humane Society participating vet will not accept the coupon and you will be charged the entire cost of the procedure. However, you can then submit the coupon back to us with proof of spay or neuter for reimbursement.
Please be aware that there may be additional fees charged by any vet (including participating Montgomery County Humane Society vets) in addition to the fee of the spaying or neutering.
Step Seven: Enjoy your new pet!
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.