Find Bethesda Maryland animal shelters, puppy dog and cat shelters, pet adoption centers, dog pounds, and humane societies. Animal shelters provide information on adopting dogs, cats, and pets, animal care and rescue, and animal control.
Alley Cat Allies 7920 Norfolk Avenue Bethesda MD 20814 240-482-1980
Lucky Dog Animal Rescue 4319 Harrison Street Northwest Washington DC 20015 2.8 miles from Bethesda 202-664-4206
Nova Rottweiler Rescue League, Inc. PO Box 482 Kensington MD 20895 3.6 miles from Bethesda 301-258-5054
Maryland Horse Rescue 4118 Decatur Avenue Kensington MD 20895 3.9 miles from Bethesda 301-942-4688
Washington Humane Society 7319 Georgia Avenue Northwest Washington DC 20012 5.0 miles from Bethesda 202-723-5730
Montgomery County Animal Rescue League 9520 Accord Drive Potomac MD 20854 5.0 miles from Bethesda
Paws Across the Border, Inc. PO Box 3206 Silver Spring MD 20918 5.4 miles from Bethesda 301-681-4955
Blue Ridge Border Collie Rescue 1950 Kirby Road McLean VA 22101 5.9 miles from Bethesda 571-766-0980
Roxies Fund, Inc. 12208 Judson Road Silver Spring MD 20902 5.9 miles from Bethesda 301-962-7509
The Washington Animal Rescue League-Medical Center 71 Oglethorpe Street Northwest Washington DC 20011 6.2 miles from Bethesda 202-726-2556
Greyhound Welfare, Inc. PO Box 5273 Takoma Park MD 20913 6.3 miles from Bethesda 301-949-0615
City Dogs Rescue 2121 Decatur Place Northwest Washington DC 20008 6.4 miles from Bethesda 202-567-7364
American Horse Protection Association 1000 29th Street Northwest Washington DC 20007 6.7 miles from Bethesda 202-965-0500
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 1755 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington DC 20036 6.9 miles from Bethesda 202-232-5020
Humane Society of the United States 2100 L Street Northwest Washington DC 20037 7.0 miles from Bethesda 202-452-1100
Arlington Animal Control 822 North Kenmore Street Arlington VA 22201 7.3 miles from Bethesda 703-249-5066
Homeward Trails Animal Rescue PO Box 100968 Arlington VA 22210 7.6 miles from Bethesda 703-766-2647
Metro Ferals PO Box 7138 Arlington VA 22207 7.6 miles from Bethesda 703-528-7782
SPCA of Northern Virginia PO Box 100220 Arlington VA 22210 7.6 miles from Bethesda 703-799-9390
Golden Retriever Rescue Education and Training, Inc. PO Box 3069 Falls Church VA 22043 7.7 miles from Bethesda 703-620-6593
Some animals are brought to shelters by owners who cannot care for them. Others are rescued from abuse or neglect. Stray or lost animals may be brought to shelters by the general public or animal control agencies.
Some shelters have a firm no-kill policy and will strive to find homes for every animal they receive. Due to limited space and resources, other shelters may have to euthanize certain animals that are less suitable for adoption because of health or behavioral issues. Animal control agencies may euthanize animals that have not been adopted within a certain timeframe or animals that have shown aggression.
Generally, any member of the public may adopt a pet from an Animal Shelter. Some Animal Shelters will first screen or interview an individual in order to assess their suitability as a pet owner.