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Animals at Our Shelter

Our temporary guests are looking for a forever home. Check out our daily tours to view animals available at our shelter.

Operational Changes

Please read this important update regarding operational changes. Updated 8/12/2022.

If you lost your pet, please look at both the "Adoptable" and "Rescue/Reclaim" sections of this page. If you see your lost pet, please visit our RECLAIM section 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 reclaiming your pet,  please call (410) 222-8900.  Ages and breeds are based on the evaluation of kennel technicians. We strongly recommend that you come to the shelter to look for your missing pet rather than relying solely on the information on this page.

Animals Available for Adoption

If you are interested in adopting an animal, please visit our ADOPT A PET page for information on hours, fees, and adoption requirements. Adoptions are available first-come, first-served to applicants who meet the adoption requirements. Some animals on this list may already be adopted; please call (410) 222-8900 to check availability.

You must come to the shelter to adopt; we will not hold a pet for adoption based on a phone call.  Dogs, cats and some other species will be spayed/neutered before they are adopted.  

Please note that this website is not updated in real time. We recommend coming to the shelter for the most current information about every animal.


View Dog & Cat Galleries

This dog gallery includes all potentially available dogs at our shelter, including ones now adoptable (green or orange backgrounds), ones available only to our rescue partners (yellow backgrounds) and ones who may become available if not reclaimed by an owner (gray background). Adoption applications are accepted on ALL these dogs. During our shelter's open hours our dog viewing gallery closes at 2 p.m. and on Wednesdays it reopens from 3 pm - 6 pm.

This cat gallery includes cats who are not in our main cat room, either because they are in foster homes, in shelter offices or in rooms not accessible to the public, such as the cat sick room. The cats who can be met in our main cat room are not included here, but they are all shown in the “cats available for adoption” portion of this page. Our cat gallery closes at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays. All other days it hours are in conjunction with Office hours.

These slides are updated regularly but may not reflect very recent changes in a pet's status.

  Adoptable Pets Dogs   Cats    Critters  


Reclaim/Rescue Only Animals

Pets listed below aren't currently available for adoption for a variety of reasons. The animals below may be stray animals recently brought to the shelter, may be awaiting observation, may have health or behavioral issues and/or may be available only to the shelter’s rescue group partners.  If you are interested in adopting an animal shown below, ask at the shelter if it is eligible to have a “potential adopter.”  Potential adopters must also meet the adoption requirements outlined on our ADOPT A PET page.  

Please note that this website is not updated in real time. We recommend coming to the shelter for the most current information about every animal.

  Animals available for Rescue Dogs   Cats   Critters  


Helpful Pamphlets for Bringing Home A New Animal


Pets for Patriots

Anne Arundel County Animal Care & 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

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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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