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In 1927, Elsie Seeger Barton founded the Humane Society of Baltimore County, now known as the Baltimore Humane Society (BHS.) Since that time, Mrs. Bartonís selfless dream of establishing a refuge for abused and homeless animals has since come to fruition, situated on 365 acres of peaceful farmland in Reisterstown, Maryland. Over the years, BHS has provided safe and loving homes for literally hundreds of thousands of wonderful animals. We also operate a low-cost Spay/Neuter & Pet Wellness Center, which assists in helping to control the epidemic of pet overpopulation and serve low-income pet owners with quality pet care and vaccinations. In addition, Nicodemus Memorial Park, on the grounds of BHS, provides a final resting place for many beloved pets. And finally, 343 acres of our land serve as a protected wildlife preserve, alive with deer, fox, several species of birds, and numerous other types of local wildlife.

Adopting a friend

Our adoption process is a snap! Simply follow these steps... First, view our available pets online or visit with them in person at our Adoption Center located in Reisterstown, MD.

Fill out an adoption questionnaire online or in person at the Humane Society. Completed applications can be brought to the shelter or faxed to 410.833.9251. To help expedite the adoption process, please bring the following information:

  • A current driverís license (you must be at least 18 years to adopt).
  • Landlord or property owner contact information if you do not own your home.
  • Either your vet's contact information or vet records for your current companion, and any companion animals who have lived in your home within the last 5 years.
  • Applications are taken on first come first serve basis. Our goal is to process applications within 24-48 hours; however, it may take up longer depending on how readily available the information above is obtained.

    Plan to allow one to two hours to complete the application process. It may take longer, depending on the number of animals you wish to get acquainted with, your previous experience with pet care, and the number of other visitors at the facility. Peak days for visitor traffic are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, so please allow extra time if you plan to come on those days.

    Thank you for considering adopting a companion from the Baltimore Humane Society! You'll find our adoption fees listed below for the various types of companions we have available for adoption. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us. All fees are subject to change without notice.

    Adoption Pricing

    Adult Dogs (over 25 lbs)
    Adult Dogs (under 25lbs) and Puppies (under 6 months)
    Adult Cats & Kittens Over 6 Months
    Kittens Under 6 Months
    Rabbits $50
    Guinea Pigs
    Rodents (mice, gerbils, and hamsters)

    What do the adoption fees include?

    For dogs and cats...

    For rabbits...

    For Guinea Pigs...

    Adoption Center Hours

    Administrative hours (located in the Windswept Building) are Monday - Friday between 9:00am and 5:00pm. For adoption and visitation purposes, the shelter has the following hours:

    Monday Closed
    Tuesday 12:00pm - 6:00pm
    Wednesday 12:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday 12:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday 12:00pm - 6:00pm
    Saturday 12:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday 12:00pm - 6:00pm


    From Baltimore take 695 N to 795. Take exit 7B (Franklin Boulevard West); at the traffic light make a right onto Nicodemus Road. The Baltimore Humane Society is just a couple miles down on the left.

    Baltimore Humane Society
    1601 Nicodemus Road
    Reisterstown, MD 21136
    Phone: 410-833-8848

    Email: animalcenter@bmorehumane.org
    Click here for a list of pets at this shelter

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