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 #15828 Tabitha is a female, patch tabby British Shorthair. She is a lovely girl and likes to roll over for belly rubs. Tabitha is an adult and is laid back. She would enjoy a gentle, quiet, adult home. My Update: Tabitha is a beautiful, sweet girl with quite a personality. She loves to get out of her cage and hang out with us, but only on her terms. Tabitha can be very affectionate and will roll upside down when you talk to her. She enjoys getting scratched on her chin and around her ears. When Tabitha is done with attention, she has no problem letting you know that she is done. She is not a cuddler and does not enjoy being carried around but she does want to be with people. If you are looking for a quiet and social companion, then Tabitha might just be your girl.

Here is another one of our favorites -Cat #15547-Arthur
Arthur is an adult, neutered male cat who is active and likes to explore. He likes to hang out on your highest bookshelf, just watching the house. He hangs out by window sills to watch the wildlife outside. If you have a screened in porch, Arthur will definitely want to hang out there with you. He likes to play and to stay active. Arthur used to live with another cat, so he would like a kitty companion. He is a very handsome boy and is sweet too.

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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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