Reclaiming a Pet

Learn about the process and requirements for reclaiming a pet that is in the care and custody of Animal Care & Control.

If a pet has been picked up by Animal Care & Control, it is now safe and cannot fall victim to the hazards faced while at large. The pet will be held at Animal Care & Control for five (5) business days unless extremely aggressive, seriously injured or suffering.  Owners should come to Animal Care & Control to look for their lost pet/missing pets as soon as possible and ensure this is within the holding period. 


How to Reclaim a Pet

If the pet is at Animal Care & Control, the owner will need to be prepared to complete the following steps:

  1. Present a valid Photo ID
  2. Provide proof of ownership

    The following are acceptable

    • Vet records
    • Bill of sale or adoption contract
    • Pictures may be used to provide proof however they are subject to review by the Agency to determine if they are sufficient
  3. Provide proof of rabies vaccination

    Your animal must have a current rabies vaccination (for dogs, cats and ferrets 4 months of age or older). If you cannot provide proof that your cat, dog or ferret has a current rabies vaccination, you will be charged $20 for one to be administered before the animal leaves our shelter.

  4. Provide proof of license for your pet

    If you are an Anne Arundel County resident and your dog or cat is at least 6 months old but does not have a current county license, one will be issued when you come to reclaim your pet. See the licensing page for the applicable licensing fees.

  5. Comply with all conditions required for the return of the animal

    If applicable, you must comply with all conditions included in any Animal Care & Control administrative order. You also must make any modifications to your home/yard required to comply with state and Anne Arundel County animal laws.

  6. Pay all applicable fees (by cash or credit card)

    Including redemption/reclaimation fees (see below), late fees (if applicable) and any outstanding fines (unless adjudication has been requested)


Redemption fees are payable by CASH or CREDIT ONLY and include, but are not limited to:

Impoundment Fee$25.00 - $200.00
Board$5.00 per day
Rabies Vaccination$20.00
LicenseNo charge - $125.00
Citations (if applicable)$50.00 - $1,000.00
The cost of any veterinary services provided to your animal while in the care/custody of Animal Care & ControlTo Be Determined



You may ONLY reclaim your pet during the following hours:

  • Monday CLOSED
  • 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.
  • Sunday CLOSED