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(240) 252-2555 (voice)

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1300 E. Gude Dr.

Rockville, MD 20850


601 S. Stonestreet Ave.

Rockville, MD 20850

Business Hours


Seven days a week


MCHS Standards for Adoption

photo by Robin Seigel

Montgomery County

Humane Society's




In adopting a pet from an animal shelter, you accomplish something remarkable: you literally save a life.

policies and fees effective 9-1-2012

Thank you for considering adoption! Our adoption process was developed to help the animals in our care find loving, permanent homes. Our staff and volunteers are here to help you as you make this important decision. Please keep the following information in mind:

-- Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. “First” applicants will have their applications processed and assigned to adoption counselors. Applicants who are not first will only be contacted if they become the first applicant. Applicants who are or become “first” on more than one animal must be willing to adopt all of the animals they are “first” on.

-- Adopters must be at least 18 years of age. You’ll need to show identification when you complete the adoption application. Bringing a new pet home is an important decision so we require that all adults in the household agree to the selection of the chosen pet. In order to expedite your adoption, everyone living in the home should visit with the pet within 24 hours of the application, if you are the first applicant.

-- Since it’s important for people to choose their own pets that fit their preferences, we do not adopt animals as gifts. In addition, if you find that you can no longer keep or care for the adopted animal, please return it to the shelter.

-- We welcome adoptions to applicants residing outside of Montgomery County and within a 60-mile radius. All animals adopted to out-of-county applicants must be spayed/neutered before being sent home.

-- All animals adopted from MCHS must be taken to a veterinarian within 5 days. In the event an animal is sick at the time of adoption, you may be required to see a veterinarian immediately. If the veterinarian’s exam indicates that the animal has a serious illness, the shelter should be notified immediately. Regular veterinary exams should be given throughout the animal’s lifetime.

-- Please allow for a minimum of 30 days for the animal to adjust to his new environment and family. Shelter animals have been shuffled to several locations recently, and some have been on their own as strays. They sometimes need as much as a month to adjust to a new, permanent home.

-- Currently owned animals should be up-to-date on vaccinations and licensed in the appropriate jurisdiction, as applicable. Mature animals should be neutered. We may contact your veterinarian to verify your pet’s health records.

-- Landlord permission is required of persons living on rental property. Before you decide to adopt, check with your rental agency to determine if pets are allowed and if any additional fees are required. Many apartments and condo communities have breed and weight restrictions.

-- All dogs and cats must be neutered. MCHS will arrange for the animal to be altered prior to adoption.

-- Dogs and cats adopted from MCHS must be identified. All animals must be microchipped and have collars with owner identification tags, rabies tags and license tags. These combined measures could insure that your animal is returned to you if it is lost.

-- Requirements for pit bulls: Pit bulls may not be adopted into breed restricted areas. Obedience classes are required, and proof of successful completion must be supplied to MCHS. All applicants for an American Bull-Type Terrier must be at least 21 years of age and provide photo identification.

Dogs/puppies $175*
Cats/kittens $ 90*
Rabbits $ 30
Guinea Pigs $ 15
Hamsters, mice, rats, gerbils, degus $ 10
Ferrets $ 30
Chinchillas $ 50
Iguanas $ 40
Snakes $ 20
Small birds such as parakeets (budgies), finches, and cockatiels $ 10
Larger birds such as cockatoos, parrots, and macaws $ 25
Others (fish, turtles, small lizards) $ 10
Livestock (chickens, goats, ducks, other fowl) $ 10

*Dog and cat adoption fees include spay/neuter, applicable vaccinations (rabies vaccine not always given), FeLV/FIV test (for cats), heartworm/Lyme’s disease test (for dogs), microchip and registration, flea treatment and de-worming.

This page last updated 8-30-12


14645 Rothgeb Drive | Rockville, MD 20850 | Main Number: 240.773.5960
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