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 dog #24216--- Duke is a very handsome, 2yr old, American Staffordshire Terrier who has a great personality. He is loyal, affectionate and devoted to his people. Duke enjoys meeting friendly people and is happy to meet dogs and cats too. Although, catís might not be so quick to enjoy Dukeís confidence to go right up to them and say hi. :0). Duke wiggles his whole body when he greets you. Sometimes he needs reminders not to jump up and not to pull on the leash. He is sensitive and responds well to verbal instructions if you are consistent with your training but he is strong and will need a strong owner. At nap time, Duke will curl up next to you and at bed time, he will crawl on top of you in bed for snuggling. He enjoys going everywhere with his person. Duke rides well in the car and gets excited to go for car rides. Inside, he likes bones to chew on and for playtime he likes to chase plastic bottles. He enjoys running around a fenced yard and has a lot of fun chasing a large plastic outdoor ball. Duke is an amazing dog who will make a great companion for someone who is looking for a new best friend.

Here is another one of our favorites -Cat #24039
Batman is a medium haired, 1yr old, black cat with super soft fur. When the light shines on him just right, you can see copper coloring showing through his fur. He is a handsome boy. This amazing cat is the whole package. Batman is tolerant, affectionate and laid back. He is playful and will chase string toys and then will take a snooze on your lap. When you come to meet him, all you have to do is talk to him and he will come over to say hi. He is lovely!

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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.

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Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center
8576 Davis Road

Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: 410-313-2780

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