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
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.