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The Maryland SPCA accepts dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from the public for adoption by appointment. We commit to keeping each pet in the shelter for as long as it takes to find a new home, provided the pet remains physically and behaviorally healthy. Appointments are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and depend on available space in the shelter. Call 410-235-8826, ext. 100 or email admissions@mdspca.org to make an appointment. We are not able to accommodate requests for immediate surrender.

Questions to Consider

The Maryland SPCA shelter does not euthanize due to lack of space. We ask that those seeking to find new homes for their pets try other options before bringing the pet to a shelter. Before considering taking your pet to any shelter, ask yourself the following questions:

Is there something that might help me keep my pet?

The Maryland SPCA offers behavior advice and training classes; we can also help you find pet-friendly housing and veterinary medical assistance. Our goal is to see all animals in loving homes, and we are here to help you navigate the tricky situations that pet owners face every day. Please call or email for advice or for more information on our services.

Is there someone in my life who might be interested in adopting my pet from me?

Friends, neighbors, coworkers, family members… you never know who might want to give your pet a new home, unless you ask them! The Maryland SPCA offers rehoming assistance, including the ability to place an ad directly on our website. Please see our list of ways to rehome a pet before requesting a surrender appointment.

Is my pet healthy and safe enough to rehome?

Pets of an advanced age, who have chronic health issues, or who have serious behavior issues are very difficult to find homes for. If your pet is seriously physically or behaviorally unhealthy, the shelter setting may not be appropriate. The Maryland SPCA offers owner-requested euthanasia for pets who are suffering from serious illness and injury. Please contact your vet to discuss your pet’s health before requesting an appointment for surrender or owner-requested euthanasia.