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How to Adopt a Pet

Adoptions are completed on a first-come, first-served basis.


To adopt a pet from our shelter, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Provide a photo identification card
  • Pass a background check for animal-related offenses
  • Pay the adoption fee—$50 for dogs and $40 for cats—which 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 

Submit a Meeting Request 

Thank you for your interest in adoption. Please complete the request form below for the adoptable pet you are interested in meeting.

Note: Only animals listed on our adoption page are available for adoption, lost pets are not. Any request to meet an animal that is not available for adoption will be denied.

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Your Contact Information
Do you live in Baltimore County?*
Pet Information
Adoption Questions
Select all that the pet would be exposed to in your household:
Do you have any breed or weight restrictions where you live?*
Select your pet owner experience level:*
How did you hear about this adoptable animal?*

Approval Process

If your meeting request is approved, we will contact you to schedule an appointment.   Submitting a pet meeting request does not place a hold on that pet. If the pet is no longer available, we will contact you and you may choose another pet to meet.

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 August 3, 2020         


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