The Shelter is open for adoptions by appointment only! Please follow the instructions on the pet's description.
(Superceded by the information above during the coronavirus outbreak)
To inquire about a pet, call one of the following depending on where the animal is located.
Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Facility: These animals have a number preceding their name; please refer to it when inquiring: 410-313-2780
Animals in Animal Advocates Rescue Program have no number preceeding their name and are listed as in foster care; please use their name when inquiring: 410.880.2488 ext #3
Neither Animal Control nor Animal Advocates are associated with the Howard County Animal Welfare Society, or with any other organization using the term "Animal Advocates" in their name.
:: HoCo Animal Control and Adoption Facility Information
Howard County Animal Control is the County's center for pet adoption. It is located in the large red brick building with a green roof on the right on Davis Road (past the Animal Welfare Building, with whom we are not affiliated).
Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Facility
8576 Davis Road (Off 108 E)
Columbia, Maryland 21045 (see map at the bottom of the page )
See more pictures of the facility below..
:: Adoption Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday | 10:00 am - 4:30pm
Tuesday Adoption Hours | 1:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays | 10 a.m - 2:00pm
Important notes about Shelter Hours:
Fridays: The shelter closes approximately 2 hours early the last Friday of the month; please call to be sure the shelter is open if you plan to visit on the last Friday of the month.
Saturdays: When the Howard County Government offices are closed on a Friday, the shelter will be closed that Saturday. When the Howard County Government offices are closed on a Monday, the shelter is closed the preceding Saturday
:: Adoption Fees
***GREAT NEWS*** All animals adopted from Howard County Animal Control will be microchipped for free at the time of their adoption. Charges (for shelter animals only) are as follows:
Neuter $110 | Spay $125 | Distemper Vaccine $9 | Rabies Vaccine $12
Advantage $10 | Heartworm Test $7 | Microchip FREE
Neuter $60 | Spay $80 | Distemper Vaccine $9 | Rabies Vaccine $12
Advantage $10 | Feline Leukemia/FIV Combo Test $15 | Microchip FREE
First Leukemia Vaccine $25 | Physical Exam $27
Fecal Check $30 | Bath (for Dogs Only) $40
All Howard County residents who adopt an animal over four months of age must purchase a current license. The cost is $6.
$5 RABIES VACCINE CLINIC is held the 3rd Thursday of each month from 12 noon to 1:30pm. $5 cash or check only.
:: Photos of the Animal Control Facility