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Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center

8576 Davis Road
Columbia, MD 21045

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IMPORTANT UPDATE:
***Our shelter is now open by appointment only. If you are serious about adopting a pet, please call us at 410-313-2780 ext. 0 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are scheduled during our animal viewing hours:
Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri 10:00-4:30
Tues 1:30-7:00
We are currently closed on Saturdays and Sundays.


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.

The shelter uses Kuranda beds to keep our furry companions comfortable....if you would like to donate one to help please copy and paste the link below onto your browser.

https://donate.shelterbeds.org/21306

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