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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.

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