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Anne Arundel County Code requires that all stray domestic animals be held for 5 days unless they are extremely aggressive, seriously injured, or suffering. This time period gives an owner time to locate his/her pet without the threat of it being adopted to another home or being euthanized. If stray domestic animals are under 12 weeks of age they can be released sooner according to MD Law.


Animal Care & Control frequently receives underage puppies and kittens. Since state law prohibits the sale or adoption of animals under the age of 8 weeks, whenever possible Animal Care & Control will accept foster families or volunteers to assist with getting the puppies and kittens to adoption age. Animal Care & Control also works with various rescue groups to take in these animals and care for them until they are of legal adoption age.


Every stray animal, unless the viewing galleries are full, that is deemed adoptable will be available for viewing in the facility's Feline and Canine Galleries. Anyone interested in adopting an animal may complete an adoption screening at the shelter.

How to

To reclaim your pet you must provide proof of ownership by providing one of the following: 

  • Vet records
  • Current picture of pet

Once you provide proof of ownership a rabies vaccination will be required at the time of reclaiming if the certification is not current or cannot be located. A license will be issued at the time of reclaiming if the pet is not currently licensed or the license has expired.

You may reclaim your pet during the following 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.


Reclaiming fees are payable by CASH ONLY and includes, but is not limited to:

Impoundment Fee $25.00
Board $5.00 per day
Rabies Vaccination $20.00
License No charge - $25.00
If your pet has been served a potentially dangerous or dangerous order $100.00 - $250.00