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How to Adopt a Pet

To adopt a pet from our shelter, you must:

  • present a photo identification card
  • be at least 18 years old
  • pass a background check for animal-related offenses

Adoption Fee

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

Discounts for Veterans

Veterans receive a half-off adoption fee year-round. Animal adoption, and spay and neuter fees are waived for qualified veterans during the Veteran and Memorial holidays.

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.

Proof of Service

Proof of military service will be requested upon adoption or scheduling of the spay or neuter appointment. Accepted proof of service includes:

  • A DD214
  • Discharge papers
  • A valid driver's license or state ID with a veteran designation
Revised July 13, 2017         


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