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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 micro-chipping and registration, low-cost core vaccines 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.

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.

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We are currently accepting donations of unopened, unexpired, non-Rx dog and cat food for our pet food pantry.

Please leave it at the donation station by the front door any day between 11am and 4 pm. Staff will bring it inside.

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

MCHS now accepts pet relinquishments from the public on a case-by-case basis. Due to space, we cannot accept every relinquishment request. But to be considered, please fill out the pet relinquishment form on our website, and our team will contact you with next steps if we might be able to help.

The Montgomery County government operates an open admission, public shelter for strays and owner-relinquished animals of all species and breeds. As another option, 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.

Not at this time. Pet owners dealing with grief might look in to the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement’s website or sign up for Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice’s Facebook Live Pet Loss Support Group session Thursdays at 3:00 pm Eastern time.

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

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.