How to Adopt 


For Adoptions During COVID-19 Please Visit Our COVID-19 Adoptions page.

      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!

      All adoptions are by appointment only. Masks are required to enter the building.

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

What are the requirements to adopt?

      We encourage all prospective adopters to read our Adoption Policies before their visit, and use the Adopter Pre-Visit Prep Checklist (Here in Spanish) to plan your visit and ensure eligibility for adoption questioannaire submission on the day of the 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 a lease with pet addendum that states you can have pets (listing size/breed/number of animals restrictions), if you rent a residence  
    • OR a Letter of Authorization from homeowners allowing the type, breed, and number of pets you are applying for if there is no formal lease
  • Rabies vaccination certificates for all dogs, cats, or ferrets in your home (if applicable)
  • Be ready to welcome a new pet into your home!

Where can I find an application?

     Please fill out the Adoption Questionnaire to express interest in adopting your chosen pet. Inquiries will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested parties do not need to contact the Adoptions team to follow up on a submitted questionnaire. As your application moves to the front of the queue, the Adoptions team will contact you. Please make sure you have all of the documents listed above (under Requirements to Adopt) ready to send to Adoptions when they contact you. If you need to fill out a questionnaire in Spanish, please use this version and email it to AdoptMCASAC@montgomerycountymd.gov with the Animal Name and A# in the subject line.
 

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 counselor may also schedule an introduction to occur at the shelter at a later time.


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. 


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

What if I want to adopt an animal that is currently in foster care?

The process to adopt an animal in foster care is as follows:

1. Find out more information about the animal's personality from the foster. You can find their contact information on the pet's profile via our adoptable pet listings. 

2. Submit an Adoption Questionnaire for the animal. Please keep in mind that we operate on a first come, first serve basis. 

3. Adoption Staff will direct the foster family to set up a meet and greet with you once your application and required documents have been received and reviewed.

4. After the meet and greet, contact the Adoptions Team to let them know if you would like to move forward. They will set up an appointment for you to finalize the adoption.

5. Once the adoption has been finalized, Adoption Staff will alert the foster that the animal can be released to you.

6. Take your new family member home!

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 pet is best suited for your family and lifestyle. 
 
For questions/concerns regarding pet adoption, please email us at AdoptMCASAC@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov.