Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Director of Health and Human Services, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, announced the building of a new Animal Services facility that will greatly enhance the delivery of services to shelter animals and the public. Please also be advised that the Animal Control Division has been renamed to the Animal Services Division. Read More
The Baltimore County Animal Services Division is responsible for enforcing the laws that protect animals, sheltering and returning stray pets to their owners and promoting responsible pet ownership (PDF).
- Animal Complaints
- Animal Hearing Board
- Animal Laws and Policies
- Dead Animal Pick-up
- Highlights and Events
- Humane Law Enforcement (Animal Cruelty)
- Lost Pets
- Rabies Vaccination and Micro-chipping
- Volunteer Opportunities
To report cruelty, make a complaint about any animal facility, or related complaints call 410-887-PAWS (7297) or submit an online complaint.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
View adoptable pets at the Animal Shelter. To adopt a pet (PDF) you must present a photo identification card, be at least 18 years old and make a $20 deposit (only cash and check payment accepted). for the pet. The total adoption fee is $65 for dogs and $50 for cats. This fee includes:
- A spayed or neutered pet (dog, puppy, cat or kitten)
- Rabies shot
- License (required by Baltimore County law)
- First series of vaccinations
- Microchip with lifetime registry
- Welcome Home kit
Animal Services personnel picks up dead animals on County maintained roads, deceased pets, and dead animals on private property when it is safe and accessible to do so. This service does not include dead livestock or farm animals.
For small animals, residents are encouraged to wear gloves to double or triple bag the carcass, then dispose of it in the trash and thoroughly wash hands.
Please be advised that the Maryland Highway Administration picks up dead animals on State numbered routes. Request dead animal service on a State road by calling 410-780-2790.
Animal abuse is a crime. If you witness animal cruelty, call 911. Report animal nuisances, menacing animals and mistreatment of animals by filing an online complaint or calling Animal Services at 410-887-PAWS (7297).
All dogs and cats four months of age or older and kept in Baltimore County for longer than 30 days per year must be licensed annually. The license period is July 1 through June 30 each year. You must renew your license each year by July 31 to avoid penalty fees.
Find detailed information including associated fees, required documents and how to apply for an animal license for your pet.
Apply for an annual permit for your public or private animal kennel, pet shop, grooming parlor or riding and boarding stable through Permits, Approvals and Inspections.
Lost Pet Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lost your pet in Baltimore County? Send an email to email@example.com for assistance.
View lost cats and dogs that were turned into the Animal Shelter or picked up as a stray animal. Remember, licensing, tagging, and micro-chipping your pets increases the chances of them being returned to you should they become lost.
If you lose your pet or find one, the Lost Pet Brochure (PDF) provides steps on what to do and how to protect your pet from becoming lost.
Rabies clinics are held weekly at the Animal Shelter. Call 410-887-PAWS (7297) to schedule an appointment. The cost for rabies vaccinations is $8. Please bring exact change if possible.
- Rabies vaccinations and licenses are required for all cats and dogs over four months of age.
- You must provide proof of a current rabies vaccination in order to purchase a license.
Micro-chipping is available during Animal Shelter visiting hours. No appointment is necessary, but please call ahead. Micro-chipping is a painless process that provides a permanent tracking system for lost pets.
- The cost for micro-chipping is $25 per pet. The fee includes lifetime enrollment in a national 24-hour lost pet registry.
- Note: micro-chipping is not a substitute for animal licensing, but provides a permanent form of identification that cannot be lost, wear out, or damaged.
Learn about volunteer opportunities that benefit Baltimore County pets! Helpful tip: once on the volunteer website, type "Baltimore County Animal Shelter" into the keyword search box to view a list of current volunteer opportunities.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a toll-free Wildlife Damage Hotline in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture. Hotline staff provide residents with information on how to make their household environment less appealing to wildlife intruders. DNR also licenses wildlife removal specialists, rescue rehabilitators and all trapping activities in the state. A DNR permit is required by law to trap nuisance wildlife. For further information call 1-877-463-6497.
Landowner Wildlife Damage Control Permit
Under the Natural Resources, Article §10-908 of the Annotated Code of Maryland, it is generally illegal to trap raccoons, foxes, squirrels, opossums, skunks, deer, rabbits, snakes and most birds unless the landowner has obtained a valid permit from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
To obtain a landowner wildlife damage control permit, you may apply by telephone to the USDA in Annapolis, Maryland by calling at 410-349-8055 or 1-877-463-6497. If a permit is obtained, you may bring trapped wildlife, along with your valid permit, to Baltimore Animal Control to be euthanized.
Revised February 15, 2014