Washington County Animal Shelter

Find Washington 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.


Boonsboro Animal Control 7728 Old National Pike Boonsboro MD 21713 301-465-9473


Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue, Inc. 6654 Gilardi Road Boonsboro MD 21713 301-416-2028

Humane Society-Washington County 13011 Maugansville Road Hagerstown MD 21740 301-733-2060

Potomac Stray Cat Rescue, Inc. PO Box 66 Rohrersville MD 21779 301-432-5037

Shelter of Saint Francis 11826 Peacock Trail Hagerstown MD 21742 301-797-7174

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.