The SHELTER Adoption Process
Download and complete the adoption questionnaire before you arrive at the shelter. You will need to complete the questionnaire before you visit with the animals.
Visit the pet at the shelter. We may require all members of your household to meet the pet as well.
Meet with a member of the adoption team to discuss the adoption and ask questions about bringing the pet home. (If a consultation is not possible at the time you submit your application, you will receive a call to discuss your application within 24-48 hours.)
Once your adoption is finalized, the pet must be picked up from the shelterwithin 24 hours. If the animal is awaiting spay/neuter surgery, he or she must be picked up from the veterinary clinic the day of the surgery.
After your new pet is home, a member of the MCHS team will e-mail or call you to answer questions and provide resources. You may call 240.773.5965 or email the adoption desk anytime for advice or assistance from the adoptions staff.
Download (pdf) Dog Application
Download (pdf) Cat Application
Download (pdf) Other Animals Application
NOTE: Please do NOT use these applications for foster animals -- the foster department uses a different form that collectes different information. You can get a foster application from the foster caregiver (they have access to electronic versions as well). Using these applications will slow the foster adoption process down.