About Us

The SPCA of Anne Arundel County (AACSPCA) is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in Anne Arundel County.

We provide shelter and humane care for homeless animals in need and work as advocates for animal welfare in our community.

At the AACSPCA, there is no time limit placed on how long an animal is available for adoption. We embrace animals in need – regardless of age, breed, or physical condition – and provide them with the care they deserve for as long as it takes us to find them a home. As a result of our efforts, and your support, in 2014, we achieved a record high life-saving rate of 98 percent – one of the highest in this country – a remarkable achievement as we accept animals orthers turn away.

Mission

The mission of the AACSPCA shall be to serve as the leading private nonprofit organization within Anne Arundel County which exists to protect companion animals from acts of cruelty and neglect.

  • To promote humane care and concern for the animals by educating the public and by working to end pet overpopulation.
  • To provide shelter and rehabilitation to companion animals in need.
  • To work for the passage and enforcement of laws which promote and provide for the humane treatment of companion animals.

History

The SPCA of Anne Arundel County was founded in 1920. Originally a society created to deal with the problem of stray dogs overwhelming the Eastport section of Annapolis, the AACSPCA has grown through the years to become the modern animal welfare organization of today.

In 1934 civic leader Albert H. McCarthy was asked by the HGH community to take over the presidency of the struggling, young organization. A strong force for animal welfare, he laid the foundations for the AACSPCA that were to see it through the decades ahead.

The AACSPCA handled dog licensing and enforcement from 1936 to 1966, operating a fleet of up to six ambulances that were dispatched throughout the county to retrieve injured animals.

The first shelter building opened in 1947. 

It now houses our administrative offices, the spay and neuter clinic, and meeting spaces for activities such as volunteer orientation.

In 1966 the county animal control division was established. Today Animal Control responds to calls in the county and picks up stray animals as well as investigating cruelty complaints. The AACSPCA takes in all voluntarily surrendered animals, providing shelter, medical care and adoption services.

In 1974 the AACSPCA became one of the pioneers for low-cost spay and neuter services. Peg Howard, a singular volunteer, donor, and board member, built and equipped our first spay and neuter clinic with her own money, making an extraordinary gift to the SPCA and the community.

The current animal shelter, the Mary E. Parker Shelter, opened in 1986. Very modern for its time, the new shelter provided air conditioning, flexible runs, medical isolation rooms, and other updated facilities.

Today the AACSPCA is a vibrant animal welfare organization.


Public Disclosure & Financial Statements

For more information about our organization, please see the SPCA of Anne Arundel County’s 990 Public Disclosure Form and Financial Statements: 

2016 (PDF Documents): 2016 Public Disclosure Form / 2016 Financial Audit

2014 (PDF Documents): 2014 Public Disclosure Form / 2014 Financial Audit [5.5MB]

To view our current shelter statistics, please click here. 

To view our official report indicating our status, please click here: 2018 501c3.


Contact

Street Address
SPCA of Anne Arundel County
1815 Bay Ridge Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21403
Click here for directions
Telephone
(410) 268-4388 – Main
(410) 268-8027 – Shelter Fax
(410) 268-1139 – Admin Fax

Staff


Board of Directors

Kelly Brown –President
Peter Axelrad
Lou Sullivan Carter
Rita Hope Counts
Don Dilks
Fred Graul
Julie Henderson
Karri Mann
Jo Ann Sharpe
Donna Shuman
Maryanne Spencer
Phyllis Wright
Lesly Sajak
Melissa Wade

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Please be advised we will be closed to the public on May 10th, 2018 - because we're getting a facelift!

The Keller Williams Flagship of Maryland (Millersville, MD) and its associates will be revitalizing the SPCA of Anne Arundel County’s Adoption Site for their annual RED Day Project! Please consider volunteering man hours on the event day or expressing your thanks on their Facebook page!

Should you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Jessica Busch at (443)308-8116 or jessicabusch@kw.com or Greg Fisk at (410)507-7262 or greg@baygreenproperties.com.

Thank you, Keller Williams!

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