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Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center

8576 Davis Road
Columbia, MD 21045

Our Mission

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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  • day hours
    Monday Closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    Tuesday 1:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m
    Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m
    Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m
    Saturday Closed holiday weekend.
    Sunday Closed
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