Surrendering a pet to admissions is by appointment ONLY. All owners must fill out our online Admissions Form prior to their appointment. If you decide to surrender your pet, you need to call the adoption center at 410-235-8826, ext. 100, to set up an appointment.
There is a surrender fee of $25 per pet (over the age of 6 months) or per litter (under the age of 6 months), which is due at the time of surrender. This fee represents a small fraction of the total cost incurred by the shelter for the care of each pet. The Maryland SPCA does not receive government funds, nor do we receiving funding from national organizations. The work we do is paid for by public donations and the fees we charge for our services.
All pets surrendered to the MD SPCA must pass health and behavior testing in order to go up for adoption. Dogs receive a behavior evaluation upon arrival to the shelter and a medical test following intake. Cats receive a medical test following intake, and a behavior evaluation after being in the shelter for at least one day. During intake, an Admissions Coordinator collects information on the pet to help us place the pet in an appropriate home, and has the owner sign paperwork transferring ownership of the pet to the Maryland SPCA. Depending on the pet’s specific circumstances, the owner may be offered the option to reclaim the pet if he or she does not pass the testing, or does not adjust well to the shelter environment. Once you decide to turn over your pet, it is a final decision and we ask that you do not call for updates.
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