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Animals Available for Adoption

Stray vs. Given Up: An animal that arrives as a STRAY must remain at Animal Control for a minimum of five business days before it can go home with an adopter. This gives its original owners a chance to locate their pet. A stray animal can be adopted at any point during this period; adoption fees will be refunded if a stray animal is returned to its owner. Animals coming in as GIVEN UP (with proof) by their owners are not subject to the stray holding period.

If you lost your pet, please look on both this page and the "Rescue/Reclaim" page. If you see your lost pet on either page, please visit our RECLAIM page for information on hours, fees, and what you'll need to bring with you to have the animal released to you. If you have questions about the redemption process please call (410) 222-8900.

If you are interested in adopting an animal, please visit our ADOPTION page for information on hours, fees, and adoption requirements. We do not have past history on STRAY pets; we do not know if they are good with children, good with other pets, etc. All adopted pets are spayed/neutered before leaving.

Adoption is first-come, first-served. Animals on this list may already be adopted and waiting out their stray holding period. Please call (410) 222-8900 to check on availability. We will not hold pets based on phone calls. Ages and breeds are based on the evaluation of kennel technicians.

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Pets for Patriots

Anne Arundel County Animal Control is partners with "Pets for Patriots" a nonprofit organization that creates unique opportunities for members of the military community to save a life by honorably adopting homeless adult dogs and cats.

Pets for Patriots

Adoptable Pets Dogs   Cats    Critters  

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SponsoredIf an animal's picture is marked "sponsored" this means his/her regular adoption fees have been paid for already therefore s/he is available to approved adopters for free. Individuals interested in sponsoring a particular animal can inquire about this process here at the shelter. 
In FosterIf an animal's picture is marked "in foster" this means s/he is not currently physically in the shelter.  If you are interested in this animal please contact the shelter to inquire about how to meet or adopt this pet.  
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