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Adopt a Pet

Baltimore County Animal Shelter 
13800 Manor Road
Baldwin, Maryland 21013

Phone: 410-887-PAWS (7297)

Adoption Hours:

  • Tuesday through Friday: Noon to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How to Adopt

To adopt a pet, you must present a photo identification card and be at least 18 years old. A background check for animal-related offenses will be conducted on prospective adopters to ensure pets are going to responsible homes.

The adoption fee is $50 for dogs and $40 for cats. The fee includes:

  • A spayed or neutered pet (dog, puppy, cat or kitten)
  • First series of vaccinations, including rabies shot
  • Animal license, as required by Baltimore County law
  • Microchip with lifetime registry
  • Welcome home kit

Learn more about adopting a pet (PDF) from a County animal shelter.

Discounts for Veterans

Waived Fees During Veteran and Memorial Day Holidays

Animal adoption and spay and neuter fees will be waived to qualified military veterans (see accepted proof of service below) during the Veteran and Memorial holidays.


Except for designated holidays when fees may be waived completely, veterans receive a half-off adoption fee year-round. Proof of military service will be requested upon adoption or scheduling the spay or neuter appointment.

Pets for Patriots

Baltimore County Animal Shelter is a proud adoption partner of Pets for Patriots, a nationally operating 501(c)(3) charity creating opportunities for veterans and service members to save hard-to-adopt shelter pets. 

Accepted proof of service are a DD214, discharge or a valid driver's license or state I.D. with a veteran designation.

Adoption Partners

If you are an Adoption Partner (PDF), please note that the "About Me" descriptions for available pets will say "rescue adoption partner only."

If you would like to become an Adoption Partner,  please complete and submit the agreement (PDF) and proof of 501(C)(3) status. The completed agreement can be scanned and sent by email to or mailed to the Shelter:

Baltimore County Animal Shelter 
Attention: Adoption Partner Coordinator
13800 Manor Road
Baldwin, Maryland 21013

Available Pets

Animals currently available for adoption are listed below. While this page is updated daily, not every animal currently in the custody of Animal Services is eligible for adoption.

When inquiring about an animal, please have its Animal ID handy.

If you have recently lost your pet, please also view our lost cat or lost dog information and call the animal shelter daily at 410-887-7297.

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