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.

The shelter closes early the last Friday of the month. 2:30 p.m. for viewing the animals for adoption and 3:00 p.m. for all other business.



Meet dog #22381--- Basia (pronounced Bashza) is a super sweet dog who loves people. She is happy to see you and is affectionate, wanting attention. When you sit on the floor, she will come right over and lean her head and body against you. Basia is a Bull Terrier mix who weighs 50lbs. She is about 3yrs old. Basia has a medium to high activity level and she likes to play ball. Basia is good with some dogs if introduced properly and calmly. She gets excited initially and needs reminding to be calm. She needs a consistent leader who will be devoted to her training. She is just learning to sit and to walk on leash. She has been introduced to a large, male dog who was not pushy and wanted to play with her. She loved running around the yard playing with him.

Here is another one of our favorites -Cat #22277
Gibbly is a 5yr old, neutered male, orange tabby cat with white markings. He is used to living with a dog and got along fine. He enjoys hanging out when you have a toy for him to chase. Gibbly is a busy and active cat that would really benefit from having someone around the house to keep him entertained. If you have plans for cat trees and cat shelves for him to explore, then he would love to live with you. He is always looking for adventure. We can see him greatly enjoying a mudroom with lots of windows to watch the wildlife outside. When he finally gets tired out, he enjoys being brushed.

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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 beds for our boarding facilities because they are so good for our dogs. We still don't have enough for all of our kennels. If you would like to donate a bed so another 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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