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Shelter at Maximum Capacity, Not Accepting Owner Surrenders

The Baltimore County Animal Shelter has reached its maximum holding capacity and until further notice will not be accepting owner surrenders. Exceptions may be made, by prior agreement, for the surrender- and owner-requested euthanasia of animals in severe medical distress.


The shelter is open to the public for adoptions and redemptions only. Stray dogs are being housed at 7702 Dunmanway in Dundalk and are available for redemption Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 410-887-PAWS to learn more.



COVID-19 Update

Visitors are now able to view adoptable animals during adoption hours. To schedule an appointment, call 410-887-7297. All other services will continue to be by appointment only.

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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