Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center



Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center is the county's Animal Shelter and is a division of the Howard County Police Department. We are a government agency dedicated to enforcing animal control laws, promoting the humane treatment of animals, providing adoption services, discounted spay/neuter services, and educating the public on animal issues. We handle between four and five thousand animals a year. All dogs, cats and rabbits adopted from Howard County Animal Control & Adoption Center are spayed and neutered before adoption and receive all age related vaccines.

Rabies Clinic the third Thursday of the month from 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. $5.00 check or cash. Cats must be in carriers and dogs on leashes. If this is not your animal's first rabies vaccination, you are advised to bring a previous vaccination certificate in order to receive a three year vaccination. Otherwise, it will be good for a year. Please call 410-313-2780 for more information and to confirm that the clinic will be open.


There are many wonderful cats and dogs awaiting a loving home, as well as rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters.

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Please stop by and visit the animals:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday... 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday evening hours 1:30 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Saturday 10.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.

The shelter closes early the last Friday of the month. 2:30 p.m. for viewing the animals for adoption and 3:00 p.m. for all other business.



Meet Cat #15416-Jimminy is a handsome, neutered male, adult cat who is a stunning Classic Brown Tabby color. Jimminy is a sweet boy. He is laid back and curious. He likes high places to explore and lots of windows to look out. If you are looking for a sweet boy that will enjoy exploring your home with you, then Jimminy is your boy. : Jimminy is still hanging in there and looking for a home. He enjoys being with people and just looks at you with his green eyes, waiting to see if you will give him attention. Jimminy has quite a personality and loves action. He enjoys being up high, hanging out on a book shelf or a carpeted cat tree. He really likes to chase string toys too. If you are looking for a cat who likes action, then Jimminy is your boy. His favorite game is to sail through the air as a toy zips passed him. He likes to jump up and try to catch the toy in mid air. Jimminy likes cat tunnel toys and he will dive through the tunnel to chase a dancing toy. He is loads of fun! Jimminy has also met another cat and didnā??t seem to mind. Will you come by and visit Jimminy? He is hoping to get his forever home soon.

Here is another one of our favorites -Cat #15498-Cena
Cena is an adult, neutered male cat who is docile. He has met other cats and is slowly learning to get used to them. He enjoys playing with string toys and after playtime, you might find him snuggling next to you. He is a sweet boy.

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- Please click on "Our Pet List" to see other pets available at the shelter.


You can now help the animals as well as the environment by donating newspapers and aluminum cans to be recycled, as well as your used cell phones. These donations will be used to raise much-needed funds for emergency veterinary services and other shelter necessities. Give some thought as you "PAWS" for the cause. Your donation could help save a life.

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Donate a Bed We have chosen Kuranda dog beds for our boarding facilities because they are so good for our dogs. We still don't have enough for all of our kennels. If you would like to donate a bed so another dog can sleep in proper comfort, please click here.

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Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center
8576 Davis Road

Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: 410-313-2780

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