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Services for Pets

The following services are available for pets:


View our online list of cuddly companions and adopt your next pet from the Baltimore County Animal Shelter.

Dog Parks

Baltimore County has four dog parks:

Registration is required to use all parks and all dogs must be properly licensed. Remember, when your dog is not within the fenced area of the dog park, it must be leashed.

Foster Program

If you would like to foster a shelter pet, complete and return the foster a shelter pet application (PDF) to Animal Services by sending an email to or by regular mail:

Baltimore County Animal Services
13800 Manor Road
Baldwin, Maryland 21013

Humane Organizations

  • Maryland SPCA – Local humane organization offers pet behavior training and advice, pet wellness, spay services, adoption and a volunteer program.

  • Baltimore Humane Society – Humane advocacy and education organization offering pet adoptions, spay and neuter services and a volunteer program.

  • Snyder Foundation for Animals – Local nonprofit organization that offers classroom and community education programs.


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 information on fees, required documents and how to apply for an animal license for your pet.

Facility Permits

Apply for an annual permit for your public or private animal kennel, pet shop, grooming parlor or riding and boarding stable through the Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections.

Lost Pets

If you lost your pet in Baltimore County, email for assistance or call Animal Services for the best times to visit the shelter.

View lost cats and dogs that were turned into the Animal Shelter or picked up as strays.

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.

Microchipping Clinics

Microchipping is a quick and painless procedure that provides a permanent tracking system should your pet be lost or stolen. It is inserted by injecting a small chip between your pet's shoulder blades. Every animal adopted from the shelter gets microchipped.

Baltimore County pet owners can bring their canines and felines to the Shelter to receive this service for a low-cost fee of $10. Microchipping services are available for the public Tuesday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Should your pet be lost, special scanners read the chip, which can be traced to the manufacturer and then to your name, address and phone number. As a result, it's critical to regularly update your contact information. If your pet has been microchipped by the Baltimore County Animal Shelter, you can update your contact information by logging on to the national microchip registry Found Animals. We encourage you to update this information as a regular part of your pet's healthcare regimen.

Microchipping is not a substitute for animal licensing, which is required by law in Baltimore County. Microchipping offers a form of identification that cannot be lost, worn out or damaged.

View the Found Animals video guide to microchip implantation.

Pet-Friendly Housing

If you're looking for rental properties that allow pets, visit or for assistance. Visit to find pet-friendly, affordable apartment units and gated communities with affordable rent in Maryland.

Rabies Vaccination Clinics

Monthly Rabies Clinic: Baltimore County Animal Services provides rabies vaccinations at the shelter on the second Sunday of every month, from 1 to 3 p.m. Vaccinations are $8 per animal. All rabies vaccinations purchased through Baltimore County Animal Services include free microchipping and initial pet license.

Pet owners are reminded to bring their animals' previous rabies certificate and have all pets on a leash or in an appropriate carrier. A prior rabies certificate must be shown in order for your pet to be eligible for the three-year rabies vaccine (rabies tags are not acceptable). No appointments necessary.

  • 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.

Training for Dogs

Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks offers dog obedience classes at three locations:

Dog Owners' Training Club is the second-oldest dog training club in the country. Classes meet at the Pikesville Armory.

Oriole Dog Training Club is a non-profit dog club that was established in 1945. They offer training in obedience, tracking, fly-ball, agility and conformation. Classes meet in Woodlawn.

Association of Pet Dog Trainers is a national network of professional trainers who offer advice, resources, and training referrals to dog owners.

Volunteer Opportunities

Baltimore County residents are invited to volunteer at the shelter. To learn more about current opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator by email

Revised April 27, 2017         


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