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Who We Are

The Allegany County Animal Shelter serves as the municipal shelter for Allegany County and is located at 716 Furnace Street in Cumberland. For many years, the shelter served as the final destination for nearly 85% of the animals that entered it. In late 2010, a group of passionate citizens led the charge to change the nature of the shelter with a goal of doing as much as possible for every animal, every day. It was the first step on the journey to becoming A Shelter of Hope.

As part of the new philosophy, the shelter is transitioning into an expanded role as a community service organization, providing information and resources to those with animal issues that wish to keep their pets and a safe haven for those who are unable to. Our expanding programs and services are designed to address the needs of all animals — and to provide support, education, and assistance for all the people that care about them. Most of all, we work every day to reflect the incredible passion of the many animal lovers in our community.

Our efforts on behalf of the animals would not be possible without you. Your donations allow us to continue to expand our services as we develop new ideas to help our animal friends. Your gift of volunteer hours makes the labor light and the work go farther. Together we are building a more humane and caring community for all we serve – both animal and humans.

Our Mission

The Allegany County Animal Shelter serves as a “Shelter of Hope” for the lost, abandoned, and homeless animals of Allegany County. We strive to expand and strengthen our leadership in animal care, humane education, and progressive animal welfare programs and to find common-sense solutions for animal-related problems in our community.

Our Vision

To guarantee a good home to all companion animals that are healthy and behaviorally sound.

To do all we can for dogs and cats that are medically treatable and can be behaviorally rehabilitated.

To develop constructive relationships that advance our mission and vision with our city/county governments, other animal-welfare stakeholders and the people of our community.

Adopting a friend

The Allegany County Shelter is always full of wonderful dogs and cats available for adoption. Our staff is able to help people to ensure their new family member has a successful transition into a permanent and loving home.

Step 1: Prepare for your visit. You will need to bring photo identification with your current address. If you are a home owner, you will need to bring proof of ownership. This could be in the form of a current tax bill, deed, etc. If you a renter, you will need to bring written proof that your landlord allows you to keep a pet, as well as a telephone number so that the landlord can be notified. If living with parents, parents must give permission. Adoptees must be 18 years or older.

Step 2: Come visit the animals. You can find our adoptable animals right here on Petfinder!

Our Adoptable Pet List


Better yet, come to the shelter and visit with our animals. Our staff can give you any available medical and behavioral information on the animals to help you make a decision on what animals is right for you.

Step 3: Take home your new family member. We try very hard to show the animals that appear to be healthy and adoptable. However, in spite of our best efforts, it is impossible to guarantee that every animal adopted will have a clean bill of health. You must take your new pet to a veterinarian within 14 days to have it checked.

We’re also proud to offer great adoption programs like these:

Seniors for Seniors - In order to help our fabulous senior pets find homes faster and to encourage people of all ages to adopt, we have a program called Seniors for Seniors. Adoption fees will be waived for senior citizens 65 and over adopting dogs or cats 5 years or older.

Pets for Vets – We are proud of our military and thank you for your service. We would like to extend our gratitude by offering Pets for Vets. Pets for Vets unites our current and veteran members of the military with a companion dog or cat with no adoption fees. Bring a copy of your DD214 or military ID.

Kennel hours are 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. Open Saturdays from 9:00 am until Noon.

Come Visit Us!

From Interstate 68 East- Take the Down Town exit (43C). At the bottom of the ramp, make a L onto Queen City Drive. Go through the first stoplight and make a R at the second light. Cross the traintracks. Bear L onto Alternate 40W (Henderson Avenue). Go through the first stoplight and Make a R at the second light onto Valley Rd. From this point look for the Animal Shelter signs with our logo on them.

From I68 West- Take the Willowbrook Road exit (44). Turn Right at bottom of ramp. Drive straight on Baltimore Avenue, at the bottom of the hill the road will bear right (Henderson Avenue). Go through the first stoplight and Make a R at the second light onto Valley Rd. From this point look for the Animal Shelter signs with our logo on them.
Allegany County Animal Shelter
716 Furnace Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
Phone: 301-777-5930
Click here for a list of pets at this shelter



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