Bethesda Animal Shelter

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

What is an Animal Shelter?

Household animals that no longer have homes are often brought to animal shelters. Animal shelters are safe places to bring animals that are abandoned or lost. Many shelters will also take in animals that are sick or injured. In some areas of the U.S., humane societies will also provide shelter for animals. Shelters often serve as pet adoption centers. Animal shelters are also open to household pets taken from owners who can no longer care for them, those who have mistreated them, or those who have violated animal welfare laws.

Shelters provide animal care, rescue, and animal control. They assist with adopting dogs, cats, and other pets. They also may offer services like spaying or neutering. Shelters may offer adoption. Local and county governments fund some dog pounds and animal shelters, while volunteers and donations provide further support.