Adoption Application & Process
Dear Prospective Adopter,
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. Applications take two to seven (2 – 7) days to be reviewed. 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.
You can download/view our applications for adoption:
You can bring the completed application into the shelter in person, email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax to 410-268-8027.
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|Tuesday||11:00 to 4:00|
|Wednesday||2:00 to 7:00|
|Thursday||2:00 to 7:00|
|Friday||11:00 to 4:00|
|Saturday||11:00 to 4:00|
|Sunday||11:00 to 4:00|
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|Mixed Breed Dogs||
|Two Kittens Adopted Same Day||
|Two Cats Adopted Same Day||
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When adopting a pet from the SPCA of Anne Arundel County (AACSPCA), you must complete and sign an Adoption Contract. Two of the most important requirements you must agree to are:
- To take your new pet to a veterinarian for a check-up
- 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. Male guinea pigs have been 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.