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Bourbon County Rescue

1275 W Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21702

cats, dogs & rabbits at Bourbon County Rescue

Areas Bourbon County Rescue serves

Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Washington DC

Bourbon County Rescue's adoption process


Submit Application

Please request an application via email. Please allow 24 hours for a response.


Approve Application

Once your application has been reviewed and approved, we will contact you to arrange a meeting with our pets.


Visit the Facility and Find a Pet

Visit our pets at a Meet and Greet adoption event. Approved adopters will be able to adopt that day.


Sign Adoption Contract

We will review the medical records and contract. The adoption fee is cash only.

Additional adoption info

The first step in the adoption process is to request an application from Please allow 1-2 days to receive the application. Please be patient as we are 100% volunteer supported. We will need several days to make the calls on your application. The current pets in the home must be spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccines and annual exams, and currently on heartworm preventative for dogs. You must be 21 years of age and gainfully employed.
Once you are approved, a volunteer will contact you and invite you to a Meet and Greet to visit with a pet. All our pets are fostered in private homes and only come to the event when they have a potential adopter.
Plan to spend 1-2 hours at the Meet and Greet. It takes time to unload our pets and give them an opportunity to relieve themselves. You will have time to visit with a pet to decide if this is the right pet for your family. You will be required to sign a legal contract and we will go over the medical records with you. You will be required to take your new pet to the vet within 7 days of adopting.
We charge an adoption fee for all of our animals. This fee varies depending on the vetting requirements of that particular animal. The adoption fee is cash only.
If you have any questions, please email

About Bourbon County Rescue

Rescue BC is a multi-faceted, foster-based rescue. Our pets are spayed/neutered, vaccinated up to date as age appropriate, dogs over 6 months old are tested for heartworm, puppies/kittens are dewormed.
Our pets are rescued from rural Kentucky shelters that will euthanize if overcrowded. Our rescue helps to prevent overcrowding in the shelters and to help these pets find new homes. If you would be interested in fostering for us please email

Bourbon County Rescue's adopted pets

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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.