Your Donation Saves Lives!
We count on your donations to continue our life-saving work. As a non-profit organization with no paid staff members, our dedicated volunteers work tirelessly on behalf of local animals. And our efforts are paying off. Our innovative programs have been credited with reducing the number of animals who are euthanized at our local animal control facility. Our dream is that one day, no adoptable animals will be killed in area shelters. We thank you for helping us realize this dream.Visit the donation page to see where your money goes.


::Shelter Info

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. 

Animal Control

:: 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 and Friday | 10:00 am - 4:30pm
Tuesday and Thursday Adoption Hours | 1:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday Adoption Hours | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Important notes about Shelter Hours:

The Shelter is closed on most government holidays so please check before planning a visit on or around holidays.  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.  

:: 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 $116 | Spay $132 | Distemper Vaccine $9 | Rabies Vaccine $13
Advantage $10 | Heartworm Test $7 | Microchip FREE

Neuter $63 | Spay $84 | Distemper Vaccine $9 | Rabies Vaccine $13
Advantage $10
| Feline Leukemia/FIV Combo Test $15 | Microchip FREE

First Leukemia Vaccine $27 | Physical Exam $29

Fecal Check $32 
|  Bath (for Dogs Only) $42

All Howard County residents who adopt an animal over four months of age must purchase a current license. The cost is $6.


The Howard County Health Department sponsors a $5 rabies clinic approximately once a month.  Please contact them at 410-313-1773 to find out the next scheduled date.  The clinics are held outside the Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center.  Please call shortly before your scheduled date to confirm that the clinic is still on.

:: Photos of the Animal Control Facility

:: Map



Animal Advocates of Howard County | PO Box 1403 • Ellicott City, MD 21041
(410) 880-2488 •