Howard County Animal Shelter

Find Howard County 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.


Animal Advocates of Howard County PO Box 1403 Ellicott City MD 21041 410-880-2488


Animal Welfare Society 8556 Davis Road Columbia MD 21045 410-465-4350

Cocker Spaniel Adoption Center, Inc. PO Box 8150 Elkridge MD 21075 410-628-6191

Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Inc. PO Box 309 Lisbon MD 21765 301-854-5037

Howard County Animal Control & Adoption Center 8576 Davis Road Columbia MD 21045 410-313-2780

The Ferret Inn 6462 Empty Song Road Columbia MD 21044 410-531-4936

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.