How to Adopt 


Please Visit Our COVID-19 Adoptions page for the current process. Starting June 20th, 2021, MCASAC once more welcomes patrons to visit the shelter in person and will offer both adoptions by appointment and walk-ins.

      Are you considering adding a new pet to your household? MCASAC has many wonderful dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, turtles and other animals waiting for new homes!

      Our goal is to find happy, safe, and healthy homes for as many animals as possible; therefore, adopters who are present and prepared get to meet the animals first. In our adoption center and foster homes, the first person to visit with an animal, has the first opportunity to adopt.

      Please note that we encourage same-day adoptions, so come prepared to leave with your new pet with a collar and leash and/or carrier. 

What are the requirements to adopt?

      We encourage all prospective adopters to use the Adopter Pre-Visit Prep Checklist ( Here in Spanish) to plan your visit.

In order to adopt, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Bring your driver's license or other government issued photo ID
    • If the address on your ID is not your current address, you must bring a lease or closing statement listing your name and address, as secondary verification.
  • Bring or email a lease with pet addendum that states you can have pets if you rent a residence  
    • OR a Letter of Authorization from homeowners or the rental company if there is no formal lease
  • Bring or email valid rabies vaccination certificates for all dogs, cats, or ferrets in your home (if applicable). If you are a Montgomery County resident and your dogs and cats are not licensed, you will need to purchase a pet license for each animal which may be done at the adoption center.
  • Be ready to welcome a new pet into your home right after your visit (don't forget to bring a collar/harness and leash or a carrier!)

Step One: Complete the Adoption Qestionnaire

Complete the  Adoption Questionnaire  to let us know whether you are interested in adopting a dog, cat, or another type of animal. While you will have space to express interest in a particular animal, we cannot guarantee that the animal will be available at the time of your visit to the adoption center.

You may complete the adoption questionnaire online or in person at our adoption center. Make sure to review the  Adopter Pre-Visit Prep Checklist ( Here in Spanish) prior to your visit to ensure you have all of the appropriate documentation with you in order to adopt.
If you need to fill out a questionnaire in Spanish, please use this version and email it to AdoptMCASAC@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Step 2: Send in Required Documents

If you submitted the questionnaire online, you will receive an email from adoption staff requesting that you respond with your supporting documentation. You may opt to bring the documentation with you to the adoption center in lieu of email.

If you are submitting the questionnaire in person, our front desk staff will ask you for your supporting documents.

Step 3: Walk-In or Schedule a Visit

Once you have emailed us your supporting documentation, the adoptions team will email you a link to make an appointment to speak with a counselor and visit with the animals.
 
If you are bringing your documentation with you to the adoption center, a customer service representative will offer you the next available appointment to speak with a counselor. If there are no more available appointments for the day, an appointment may be scheduled for another day.

Be on time for your appointment! If arriving more than 10 minutes late, we cannot guarantee that there will be time or a counselor available to see you and we may have to ask you to reschedule.

FAQs

What if I just want to look around?
You may tour our adoption center anytime we are open and view our available animals through the windows of their enclosures.
What if I want to visit with the animals?
Schedule online and skip the line! Complete the Adoption Questionnaire (Spanish Version) and indicate your interest in a cat, dog, or another animal. An adoption counselor will review your information and send you a link to schedule a visit!
Or walk into our adoption center fully prepared to adopt by reviewing our Pre-Visit Checklist and bringing all the supporting documentation with you. A customer service team member will schedule you for the next available visit.
When will I be able to take my pet home?
Right after your visit! Don't forget a collar/harness and leash or a carrier! We are proud to offer same-day adoptions.
What if I am only interested in one particular animal or type of animal?
The questionnaire will ask you to select whether you are interested in adopting a cat, dog, or another type of animal. While you will have space to express interest in a particular animal, we cannot guarantee that the animal will be available for adoption at the time of your visit to the adoption center. We are first-come, first-served.
What about my pets at home?
Please leave your pets at home prior to your initial visit to the shelter. We will help you determine the best way to introduce your new pet to your current pet(s). An adoption couneslor may also schedule an introduction to occur at the shelter.
Can I adopt if I live out of state/county?
Yes! Adopters from all over are welcome to visit us and adopt a pet. All we ask is that the person adopting is able to visit us in person. We do not transport pets.
What if I want to adopt an animal that is currently in foster care?
Once you submit your questionnaire and provide all your supporting documentation, adoption staff will direct the foster family to schedule a meet and greet with you.
After the meet and greet, contact the adoption team to let them know if you would like to move forward. They will set up an appointment for you to finalize the adoption. After the adoption has been finalized, they will notify the foster that the animal can be released and you can take your new family member home!
How much is an adoption fee and what does it include?
Our adoption fees can be found here . The following is a breakdown of what is included in our adoption fees:
Dogs:
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Microchip
  • Heartworm test
  • Distemper, Bordatella, and Rabies Vaccines
  • Flea treatment and de-worming
 Cats:
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Microchip
  • Feline Leukemia/Feline AIDS test
  • Distemper and Rabies Vaccines
  • Flea treatment and de-worming

Where can I find more information on a specific pet other than what is listed on your website?

     Send an email to adoptmcasac@montgomerycountmd.gov. Adoption counselors will be happy to discuss the specific animals you are interested in, and help you determine which pets may be suitable for your family and lifestyle. 
For questions/concerns regarding pet adoption, please email us at AdoptMCASAC@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov.