Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
Adopting a friend
To adopt a dog from Maryland Animal Rescue, please notify us by email of your interest. We will send you a no-obligation application. Part of our process is doing a home check with the dog to make sure the environment is safe and so that you can have interaction with your potential new family member in your own home.
Once your application is received, it will be promptly reviewed and you will be contacted within 48 hours. The next step is to visit with the dog at an adoption event or a privately arranged meeting. Please bring a hard copy of your completed application with you. If you decide to pursue your interest in a particular dog after meeting him/her/them, you will be interviewed at the meeting. It is important for all family members to be present for the interview/s unless prior arrangements have been made.
After the interview process, home visits are done for the applicants selected. The process generally takes about a week from start to finish. Please note: Applications are not approved on a first come first serve basis; rather, the home that seems to be the best fit for the dog is chosen.
The purpose of the application process is to find the best fit for dog and person/family. You may submit one application for multiple dogs.
You must be over the age of 21 years for your application to be considered.
Our adoption fee for all dogs and puppies is $275.00. Dogs will be fully vetted prior to adoption, which includes: basic shots, spay/neuter and microchip. If a dog is not spayed or neutered prior to adoption (due to medical reason or age), a refund of $100 will be made upon proof of spay/neuter.
Our adoption area covers the VA/DC/MD Metropolitan area.
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 or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.