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Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center

8576 Davis Road
Columbia, MD 21045

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Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center closed to public

Effective 5 p.m. on March 23, the Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center is closed to the public. Animal adoptions are being suspended until further notice.

If you have an animal-related emergency, such as a cruelty in-progress, an animal bite or a sick or injured animal, please call Central Communications at 410-313-2200. If you have a lost pet, would like to report a dead deer or any other non-emergency animal related concern, please e-mail

Rest assured that the animals currently in our center are being well cared for. Thank you for your understanding as we strive to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, animals and the public.

****Attn: Due to limits on staffing from county-wide precautions around COVID-19, Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center hours will be modified until further notice: the adoption center will be CLOSED to the public on Saturdays; standard hours will remain Monday-Friday for the time being. We ask that weekday visits to the center be reserved for urgent business or those serious about adoption. Rest assured animals at the center will continue to be well-cared-for. Questions can be directed to 410-313-2780 during business hours.***
Rabies clinic is cancelled for the month of March.

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 microchipped, 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.

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