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Operating by Appointment Only

Appointments are now required for all adoptions, surrenders and redemptions. Strays found within Baltimore County will be accepted without an appointment, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment to reclaim your lost pet, surrender an animal or adopt, call 410-887-7297.


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All Baltimore County Animal Services facilities are open and operating normally.



COVID-19 Update

Visitors are now required to schedule an appointment to view adoptable animals, reclaim their lost pet or surrender an animal to the shelter.

Report on Animal Services Operations

The County Executive commissioned a 30-day study to assess the current effectiveness of operations at Baltimore County Animal Services, specifically with respect to the care of animals. Read the findings (PDF).

Volunteers Wanted

Are you dedicated to walking dogs? Can't get enough of cuddling cats? We need you as a BCAS volunteer.

Low-Cost Spay or Neuter Service

Free and low-cost spay or neuter services are available for pets in some ZIP codes. If your pet doesn't meet the criteria for free or discount services, the fee is just $20. Make your pet's spay or neuter appointment today! 


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Animal Services is responsible for enforcing the laws that protect animals, sheltering and returning stray pets to their owners and promoting responsible pet ownership.

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