Frequently Asked Questions

Click on a question for more information. If you have a question that’s not answered here, email us at info@aacspca.org.


The AACSPCA Clinic now offers low cost spay and neuter services to the public, for both dogs and cats. To learn more, please visit this page.

Please call our clinic at 410-268-4388 x123 or email clinic@aacspca.org to schedule an appointment.

I want to keep my pet, but I have financial constraints. What services do you offer?

We offer low-cost spay/neuter clinic, a low-cost vaccine clinic, and a pet food bank. Please click on the links to learn more.

No, we do not offer boarding services.  We recommend that you ask your veterinarian, neighbors, friends, etc. for their recommendations of a reputable boarding facility. We also recommend that you visit the kennel/cattery prior to leaving your pet to be sure you are comfortable with the staff and facility.

If you are surrendering a pet, please follow the directions below:

  1. Call our shelter office (410-268-4388) if you have questions concerning the relinquishment of your pet.
  2. Locate your pet’s previous veterinary and vaccination records, if possible, to bring with you.
  3. You will need to show us a current driver’s license or other official identification.
  4. Bring your pet to the AACSPCA’s Incoming building – the first building on your left as you enter the driveway.
  5. All dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier. If you need a leash or carrier please leave your pet in your car and ask to borrow one from our shelter staff.*
  6. You will need to complete and sign a give-up form and complete a pet profile.
  7. We appreciate and depend on your donation.


Once your animal has been signed in to us:

  • We will not return the animal if you change your mind and want it back.
  • We do not release any information regarding the health or placement of your pet once it has been signed in to the AACSPCA.

When the weather is warm do no leave your pet in your car—call us from your car when you arrive and we will bring a form to you.

Our volunteers are required to commit a minimum of six months of active service and volunteer 6 hours per month.

We cannot accommodate high school or college students who are required to fulfill short-term community service hours.  The AACSPCA will not grant community service hours for any volunteer unless they have been an active volunteer for 6 months prior to requesting verification of service hours.

Volunteers between the ages of 13-17 can assist as a volunteer with an adult volunteer mentor over the age of 25. The adult volunteer mentor must be a parent or legal guardian, or another adult recommended by a parent.  Both the teenager and adult volunteer must attend volunteer orientation and shelter training and must always volunteer together.

We welcome volunteers over the age of 13 if accompanied by a parent or an adult mentor. All volunteers, including your teen volunteer, must complete our volunteer orientation session.

Lost/Found Animals

Anne Arundel County

If you have found a stray animal in Anne Arundel County and are unable to locate an owner please call Anne Arundel County Animal Control at 410-222-8900. You should also check the Animal Control website where you can post a report of a found animal as well as view a list of lost animals. Stray animals are handled by Anne Arundel County Animal Control’s shelter in Millersville.

If a stray animal found in Anne Arundel County that is brought to the AACSPCA will be signed in on our “stray animal” form.  The animal will be transported by Animal Control to their facility where it has the best chance of being reunited with its owner.

Note: Taking a stray animal you have found directly to Animal Control is less stressful on the lost pet.

Remember — we are not able to keep strays – they must go to Animal Control in Millersville.

Other Counties
If you have found a stray animal outside of Anne Arundel County, please contact the Animal Control that services that county or city to give the animal the best chance of being reunited with its owner.

NOTE: If you have found an animal, please bring it to the shelter nearest to the area it was found. This helps increase the chance that the pet will be reunited with its owner. If you bring an animal found in another county or state to a shelter in a different location, the owner may not know to look there. See our list of area animal control agencies.

Stray animals in Anne Arundel County are handled by Anne Arundel County Animal Control in Millersville. Please see their Lost Pets form.You should also view their list of found animals.

You must go in person to Animal Control as soon as you can to see if your pet is there. We recommend returning every few days.

NOTE: Stray animals brought to AACSPCA are transported by Animal Control to their shelter.

The AACSPCA keeps a Lost File of missing or found pets in the county.  Call 410-268-4388 to report a lost pet to us.

Visit the Maryland State Department of Resources website for a list of wildlife rehabilitators.

  • How do you get to Animal Control?
  • What are Animal Control’s hours of operation?
  • Field Services Hours of Operation
  • What are Anne Arundel County’s adoption requirements?
  • How long does Animal Control keep animals once they are picked up?
  • Does Animal Control offer rabies shots?
  • What should you do about wildlife outside?
  • How can I get my animal that was picked up back from Animal Control?
  • Does Animal Control perform owner requested euthanasia services?
  • Does Animal Control offer low cost spaying or neutering?
  • What is Anne Arundel County’s trapping policy?
  • What animals in Anne Arundel County have to be licensed?
  • What can I do about that barking dog or crowing rooster?
  • What does an owner have to provide if a dog is kept outside?
  • What should I do if I know someone is not providing proper shelter for their dog?
  • What should I do if I was bitten or scratched by an animal?
  • Why doesn’t Animal Control respond to my call after hours?
  • What is Anne Arundel County Animal Control’s policy on Pit Bulls?
  • What forms of payment does Anne Arundel County Animal Control accept?
  • If I am having a repeated issue with an animal owner violating or allowing their animal(s) to be in violation of the Anne Arundel County Code and unfortunately the violations are not able to be witnessed by an Animal Control Officer is there anything that can be done?
  • If I witness an animal with a Potentially Dangerous Order or Dangerous Order in violation of the Order is there anything that can be done?
  • If I want to obtain a copy of a Potentially Dangerous Order or Dangerous Order for a dog in my community can I obtain these records?
  • I am interested in owning chickens or ducks and live on a property less that 40,000 square feet, what do I do?
  • What do I do if I am missing my pet?

Please visit their website to learn more about animal welfare and laws in Anne Arundel County.


Some useful information is available at www.pitbulls.org. 

There are two regional and three community off-leash dog parks in the county.  For the locations, visit the county’s Recreation and Park website.

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