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.
We are the only shelter for Frederick County, Maryland. We take in unwanted pets, and strays with hopes of reuniting them with owners or placing them in homes or with rescue groups.
We do adopt "out of county" but we do not ship our pets. We require prospective adopters to apply in person at the shelter, and to receive the pet in person as well.
Adoption fees vary for cats, dogs and exotic pets.
Animal visiting hours : Mon, Tue, and Fri: 10:00am-5:00pm Wed and Thu: 10:00am-8:00pm (our late evening hours) Sat: 10:00am-4:00pm
Please call us to check on the availability of our pets at:
301-600-1546 (ex. 0) press 0 when you hear the recording to avoid the phone tree.
Dogs 1 year to 5 years = $92.50 - FEE INCLUDES: neutering/spaying, initial distemper vaccination, rabies vaccination voucher, microchip/registration, vet health exam and county license.
Puppies 8 weeks to 1 year = $150.00 - FEE INCLUDES: neutering/spaying, vaccinations, microchip/registration, vet health exam, rabies voucher, and county license. Optional Heartworm/Lyme/Ehrlichiosis Test is an additional $25.00.
Dogs 5 years of age and older benefit from a $20 discount in the adoption fee. Dogs 10 years of age and older benefit from a $40 discount in the adoption fee. Adopt two dogs or more in the same day, and receive $20 off each additional animal.
$97.50 FEE INCLUDES: neutering/spaying, initial distemper vaccination, microchip/registration, rabies vaccination voucher, FeLv/FIV test and county license.
Cats 5 years of age and older benefit from a $20 discount in the adoption fee. Cats 10 years of age and older benefit from a $40 discount in the adoption fee. Adopt two cats or more in the same day and receive $20 off each additional animal.
Housetraining: all cats in the shelter use wood pellet litter in disposable trays. Cats are litter trained in the shelter or in foster care unless otherwise noted.
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.