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Summary of Animal Control Services

Hours of Operations

Viewing Hours
Tuesday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Administrative Hours
Tuesday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Emergency Field Service – 24 Hours Daily
Summary of Animal Control Services
  • Enforces all Animal Control laws, responds to animal related complaints, conducts investigations of cruelty problem situations
  • Provides an avenue for animal problem resolution
  • Investigates animal problem resolution through the Animal Control Commission
  • Provides “weekly” low cost Rabies Clinics to public
  • Licenses animals to help identify and return lost pets to their owner
  • Maintains lost and found log to help owners locate lost pets
  • Inspects and licenses kennel operations including dog fanciers, cat fanciers, pet shops, grooming parlors and commercial boarding kennels
  • Provides and services humane traps for bite cases, aggressive animals and wildlife in homes
  • Patrols county for stray animals
  • Provides 24 hour per day animal related “Emergency Service” throughout Anne Arundel County
  • Provides an “Adoption Program” to place stray, abandoned and unwanted animals in suitable new homes
  • To encourage adoptions, a Spay/Neuter Clinic has been established to allow animals adopted from Animal Control to be spayed/neutered, vaccinated against rabies as well as given initial vaccinations and worming at a minimum cost.
  • Provides a “Humane Education Program” where humane educators speak to school classes, community associations, civic organizations, etc.
  • Provides citizens who observe animal-related violations affidavit filing and services
  • Encourages adoption of pets through reputable rescue leagues and law enforcement agencies.
  • Provides “Foster Care” program for under-aged and newborn animals
  • Performs humane euthanasia by certified euthanasia technicians
  • Provides facility tours and participates in community and at fairs as part of overall educational program
  • Provides shelter, and care to all stray animals
  • Carcass removal from roadways 
  • Provides medical care to sick/injured stray animals
  • Provides Domestic Violence Animal/Victim Protection Services the Animal Control Commission
Animal Control Commission
The Animal Control Commission consists of seven members - a representative of the police and health departments, a veterinarian and four appointed citizens. The Commission members are all volunteers who meet the first Monday of the month at 1:00 p.m. to hear appeals to citations issued through the affidavit process.
Appeal Process
A citizen receiving an Animal Control Citation may elect one the following courses of action:
  1. Pay the fine amount noted on the citation to the Animal Control Agency within 10 days after receiving the citation;
  2. Submit a request to appeal the citation to the Animal Commission Board within 10 days after receiving the citation. Hearing’s are scheduled the first Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m.
  3. Pay the fine, if after the hearing, the Commission does not dismiss the citation.
If the citizen does not contact Animal Control to file an appeal, the citation will be sent to the District Court of Maryland for continued action.
Affidavit of Complaint
A citizen that has observed the violation of an animal related law under Article 12 may file an affidavit of complaint obtained from Animal Control. The affidavit must be completed according to the instructions and notarized,
Adoption Fees(Adoption Fee Includes)
  • Preliminary Exam
  • Spay/Neuter Surgery
  • Distemper/Rabies Vaccinations
  • Worming
  • Normal"License (if applicable)
Price for Dogs
  • Price for Dogs
  • Female $56
  • Male $41
Price for Cats
  • Female $36
  • Male $26
Redemption Fees
  • Impoundment Fee $25
  • Board $5 per day
  • Rabies Vaccination $20
  • License (including penalty) No charge - $25
  • Potentially Dangerous/Dangerous $100-$250
  • Redemptions payable by cash only
Donations are always appreciated. Please visit our Donations Accepted page for more information. Thank You!
Please be a considerate and responsible pet owner.



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Anne Arundel County, Maryland. 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401 | Tele: (410) 222-7000