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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 offer micro-chipping and registration and host a range of community outreach programs designed to help pet owners keep their pets in their homes and out of shelters. Our affordable spay/neuter clinic launched summer 2019, bringing another vital service to Montgomery County dog and cat owners.

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.

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

United Way #8330
Combined Federal Campaign #54823
Maryland Charity Campaign #6035
Federal Tax ID #52-6044968

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 (MCASAC) 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 in Gaithersburg or Frisky’s Wildlife and Primate Sanctuary in Woodstock, both of which specialize 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.