Adopt A Pet

Adoption Application & Process

Dear Prospective Adopter,

Our shelter’s Dog Room and Cat Room are open for walk-through visits from the public during the hours of 11am to 4pm with later viewing on Wednesdays from 12pm to 7pm.

Our shelter is closed to the public on Mondays.

Please view our Adoptable Animals list to ensure the dog or cat you’re interested in viewing is in the Dog Room or Cat Room location. Animal Meet & Greets will be scheduled only after your application has been submitted and processed. 

Many cats and other small animals can be met at Paws at the Mall (closed on Mondays)!

In order to adopt an animal from us, you must first fill out a Request for Adoption application. Please read the application thoroughly and answer all of the questions. Incomplete or illegible answers will increase the time it takes to review the application. If you have any questions, please contact us and ask for clarification.

Once you submit your Request for Adoption application, it will be reviewed by our Adoption Committee. We can not give an estimated time frame of the reviewing process, as the process is currently delayed .  We review all applications thoroughly to ensure that our animals go to the best homes possible.

Please keep in mind that we may receive multiple applications on each animal offered for adoption. The Adoption Committee considers all homes and determines which home is the best match for the animal. The animal may not necessarily go to the first applicant, but will be adopted to the home that best fits the animal’s needs.

In addition to reviewing an application, we require a house check for some dogs, including all dominant breeds, prior to the adoptions approval. We are only able to perform house checks within the boundaries of Anne Arundel County.

After your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted by a member of the Adoption Committee. If approved, they will provide you with the next steps to bringing the animal home.

Thank you for your interest in adopting an animal from the SPCA of Anne Arundel County and for your patience during our review process.

We reserve the right to decline any Request for Adoption application.

Online Adoption Applications

You can submit an Adoption Application directly online in your browser. Click the link below to be brought to the Application page. After submitting, your info will be sent to our Adoptions Team. If you are approved for adoption, a Staff Member will contact you via phone.

Please do not submit more than ONE Adoption Application through our system. If you would like to switch your application over to another animal, please email or call the Front Office

Public Viewing Hours

Remember, a representative will reach out to you to schedule an meet & greet appointment once we have an update on your Adoption Application. Public Viewing is allowed in our main shelter’s Dog Room & Cat Room. 

Tuesday 11:00 to 4:00
Wednesday 12:00 to 7:00
Thursday 11:00 to 4:00
Friday 11:00 to 4:00
Saturday 11:00 to 4:00
Sunday 11:00 to 4:00

Adoption Fees

Animal Type Cost
Purebred Dogs
Puppies (8 months and under)
250.00 – 550.00
Mixed Breed Dogs
Kittens (8 months and under)
Two Kittens Adopted Same Day
Two Cats Adopted Same Day
Purebred Cats
Mixed Breed Cats
Guinea Pig
Hamsters, Gerbils, Mice
Cockatiel/Conure/Other Birds
50.00 – 500.00
  • To take your new pet to a veterinarian for a check-up within one week of adoption.
  • To return the adopted pet to the AACSPCA if you are unable keep it.

The adoption process takes two to seven days. The AACSPCA reserves the right to decline any adoption request.

What is included in the adoption fee?

Dogs/puppies and cats/kittens receive health and temperament screening, de-worming medication, age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip, one month of pet health insurance, and have been spayed or neutered.

Dogs have been tested for heartworm disease and several tick-borne diseases.

Cats have been tested for feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline AIDS (FIV).

Rabbits have been spayed or neutered.

All adoption fees go towards providing food, shelter, and veterinary care for our animals. Adoption fees only cover a portion of the costs we incur while caring for the animals at the SPCA.

Would you like tips on pet ownership and bringing a shelter animal home? Visit Lucky’s Library for downloadable information sheets!

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Recent Posts

The SPCA of Anne Arundel County's Shelter & Paws at the Mall location will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC on Mondays. Our Clinic will continue to be open for appointments on Mondays.
Our shelter's Dog Room and Cat Room will be open for Animal Viewing from 11am to 4pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Our shelter will now have late viewing hours on Wednesdays from 12pm to 7pm.
 Some cats and small animals can be viewed every day at Paws at the Mall (closed on Mondays, open until 7pm on Wednesdays).

If you are interested in meeting or adopting an animal, you can find out more about our adoption process here. We appreciate your patience, as the Adoption Process will be delayed. All Animal Meet & Greets will be by scheduled appointment only after your Application has been processed.

We are still accepting donations of new & unopened pet supplies (food, treats, etc). These items can be dropped off outside our Main Shelter on the designated donation table. We can not take any used or opened donations at this time.

Emergency services such as Animal Surrender are available by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment for Animal Surrender, please call & leave a message at 410-268-4388 ext 141.

Visit our Events page to learn about upcoming fun!

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 or Greg Fisk at (410)507-7262 or

Thank you, Keller Williams!

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