Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

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While MCHS operated the public shelter for Montgomery County for more than 50 years, we became a completely independent, 100% privately funded animal welfare organization in April 2014. Our rescue specializes in rescuing, caring for and adopting out cats, dogs, puppies and kittens.

In addition, MCHS offers a robust educational curriculum which includes programs for children, teens and adults. We also host a range of community outreach programs designed to help pet owners keep their pets in their homes and out of shelters.

No. We are private, non-profit 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization that is funded exclusively by donations, program revenues, and grants.

Yes. We impose no time limits on our animals, and work hard to give every animal every chance to find its forever home.

The goal of “no kill” organizations varies by organization, but essentially describes the practice of saving all homeless companion animals that are physically healthy and temperamentally appropriate to place in an adoptive homes.

The Montgomery County Humane Society has served homeless animals in the community since 1958, and works diligently to help as many animals as we can each year.  Since we became fully independent and 100% privately funded in 2014, we have rescued and adopted out more than 1,400 homeless cats and dogs that we pulled from overcrowded public shelters.

MCHS’s policy is to give our animals every possible opportunity to live a long life in a loving home. We provide surgeries or other extensive veterinary care and rehabilitation, training, and socialization whenever possible and appropriate. Exceptions are when an animal is found to suffer from severe, untreatable or terminal illness, or when an animal’s behavior or temperament poses a public safety risk, or is inappropriate to place in a home.

More on this is available from the Asilomar Accords.

MCHS is a private rescue organization funded by contributions from generous supporters like you.

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MCHS is diligent in protecting our donors’ privacy. We do not sell, rent, or share our donor list with any organizations or individuals.

MCHS does not currently accept relinquished pets directly from the public. Instead, we pull homeless animals from overcrowded municipal shelters in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

The Montgomery County government operates an open admission, public shelter for strays and owner-relinquished animals of all species and breeds. You may contact the Montgomery County Animal Shelter at (240) 773-5900.

Stray animals must be taken to the Montgomery County public animal shelter, located at 7315 Muncaster Mill Road in Derwood, MD.  Pet owners who have lost a pet will go to the animal shelter looking for it.

You may contact Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitators, which specializes in helping injured and orphaned wildlife.

Often, baby wildlife should be left alone. Mother rabbits, deer and other animals often leave the nest during the day to feed and to keep from attracting potential predators.