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Rehoming or Surrendering Your Pet

Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) understands that making the decision to surrender or rehome your pet is not an easy one. Making the best decision for your pet and your family takes time and should consider all options and resources. Browse the resources below that may allow you to keep your pet in your loving home with the family your pet knows.

Find Help Near Me

Use your ZIP code to search for free or low cost pet support services—like veterinary care, pet food pantries, temporary pet care and more—in your area.

Resources and Assistance to Help Keep Your Pet

BCAS has resources in place that may help to resolve the most common reasons people surrender their pets. Before rehoming your pet, review the below information to see if assistance is available to help you keep your animal. 

Rehoming Your Pet

If you are not willing or able to keep the pet with assistance, we recommend that you try to rehome the pet on your own rather than surrendering it to a shelter. Animal shelters can be stressful for pets and rehoming your animal directly to a new family may be the least stressful option for them.

Reach out to family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers to see if they would be willing to take the pet. Try posting the animal on social media or post your pet on the following rehoming websites:

Surrendering Your Pet

After first trying the above resources, if you still wish to surrender your pet to Baltimore County Animal Services, follow the process below to schedule an appointment:

  1. Step 1: Complete the Pet Surrender Profile

    You must be at least 18 years of age and the legal owner of the pet in order to sign the surrender contract. Select the document that applies to your pet:

  2. Step 2: BCAS Will Review the Document

    The review takes about two business days.

  3. Step 3: Schedule an Appointment

    BCAS staff will call you within two business days to schedule an appointment for your pet.

  4. Step 4: About Your Appointment

    On the day of the appointment, you must bring a valid ID for proof of Baltimore County residency.

Contact Us

Animal Services

13800 Manor Road
Baldwin, Maryland 21013

Office Hours

Monday to Friday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Adoption Hours

Tuesday to Sunday
Noon to 5 p.m.

Redemption Hours

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Owner Surrender Hours

Tuesday to Sunday
9 a.m. to Noon

Stray Intake Hours

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Division Chief

Carrie McCloskey


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