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Francis Scott Key Bridge Incident Updates
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To adopt a pet from our shelter, you must:

  1. Present a photo identification card
  2. Be at least 18 years old
  3. Pass a background check for animal-related offenses
  4. Pay the adoption fee

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

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

Learn About Your New Pet

Adopting a pet is exciting, but it's important to introduce new things one at a time. Informative videos are available on the following topics: