Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center


Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center is the county's Animal Shelter and is a division of the Howard County Police Department. We are a government agency dedicated to enforcing animal control laws, promoting the humane treatment of animals, providing adoption services, discounted spay/neuter services, and educating the public on animal issues. We handle between four and five thousand animals a year. All dogs, cats and rabbits adopted from Howard County Animal Control & Adoption Center are spayed and neutered before adoption and receive all age related vaccines.

Rabies Clinic the third Thursday of the month from 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. $5.00 check or cash. Cats must be in carriers and dogs on leashes. If this is not your animal's first rabies vaccination, you are advised to bring a previous vaccination certificate in order to receive a three year vaccination. Otherwise, it will be good for a year. Please call 410-313-2780 for more information and to confirm that the clinic will be open.


There are many wonderful cats and dogs awaiting a loving home, as well as rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters.

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Please stop by and visit the animals:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday... 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday evening hours 1:30 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Saturday 10.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.



Meet cat #23603--- Trixie is a 4yr old, female cat who has stolen all our hearts. She is has a quiet, gentle and laid back personality. She is sweet and affectionate and starts purring when you pet her. Trixie will fall asleep right on your lap. She is used to a quiet lifestyle and is comfortable around gentle people. She will lay out, nice and relaxed as you brush her. She likes to be pampered and will make a lovely companion for someone looking for a friend.

Here is another one of our favorites -Cat #23764
Violet is a unique colored tortoiseshell cat. Sometimes she has a smoky blue base color with specks of rust over top and other times she has deep brown markings with strong notes of taupe underneath. Either way, Violet is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She is a 5yrs old, spayed female cat who has a loving personality. Violet has gotten along with children and also with another cat. Violet lived with a dog but she would hide when the dog was around. She is playful and enjoys chasing little mice when you throw them. She will actually bring the toy back to you when she wants you to throw it. What a smart kitty!

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- Please click on "Our Pet List" to see other pets available at the shelter.


You can now help the animals as well as the environment by donating newspapers and aluminum cans to be recycled, as well as your used cell phones. These donations will be used to raise much-needed funds for emergency veterinary services and other shelter necessities. Give some thought as you "PAWS" for the cause. Your donation could help save a life.

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Donate a Bed We have chosen Kuranda dog and cat beds for our boarding facilities because they are so good for our cats and dogs. We still don't have enough cat beds for all of our kennels. If you would like to donate a bed so another cat or dog dog can sleep in proper comfort, please click here.

Click here to see our Adopted Happy Tails!
Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center
8576 Davis Road

Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: 410-313-2780

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