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          Adoptable Dogs               
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Adopting a Pet
Frederick County has one animal shelter on Rosemont Avenue; The Frederick Animal Control and Adoption Center (FCAC). FCAC cares for abandoned and relinquished animals through funding from Frederick County Government. Each year, several thousand animals come into the shelter. While a few hundred of these pets are eventually reunited with their owners, the remaining thousands need new homes. Because the FCAC accepts all unwanted, injured, stray and sick animals in the County, we are often unable to find homes for all the pets in need.

If you are considering adding a pet to your family, the animal shelters is the place to start. It's a busy place full of cats, dogs, and other animals barking and playing with volunteers and prospective owners. Our shelter employees have a wealth of information and experience to offer you about selecting the right pet.  Our adoption process is designed to find a good home for our pets and a good pet for your home.
Kitten_thumb.jpgOur application collects information about you, your pet experience and what you expect from a pet. If you find a pet in the shelter you would like to take home, we'll check with your landlord (unless you own your home) and arrange for your pet to be neutered prior to adoption. We will have an adoption counselor go over house training, basic equipment you'll need and  what to expect in the first few days.


If you are ready to take the leap of adoption, not only will you save a life, you'll enhance your own. People with pets live longer and recover from illness faster than people who choose not to keep pets. Research suggests that kids with pets handle family tragedy, such as divorce, better, too and may have fewer allergies. Adopting a pet is a great way to expand your family.

How to Adopt

  1. Visit the shelter and select an animal. Visit with the animal. 
  2. We accept two applications per dog, cat or kitten** in case a first applicant falls through.
  3. Fill out an application and schedule an interview (we will schedule spay or neutering for your pet here at the shelter).
  4. Meet with an adoption counselor and if there's a match, you take your pet home.

*Shelter requirements
- Landlord approval, other cats, dogs & ferrets must have a current rabies vaccination and cats & dogs need a license. Every one in your household should meet the pet to be sure it's a good match. If you like, you can even arrange to have your dog meet a dog you are considering adopting but this is not required.

**Puppies - We accept four applications on canines between 8 weeks and 1 years old.  Shelter staff will select the best applicant to interview. We often have more families interested in each puppy and because some of our puppies are returned for chewing and being rambunctious, we want to choose people who are ready for the full experience.

What type of pet can you expect to find at a shelter?

Dogs:  In the US, we keep an estimated 70 million dogs. Less than 5% of dogs end up in a shelter at some point in their lives. They may be returned to their owners, impounded as dangerous or as part of investigations or offered for adoption. Most of these are normal young dogs in need of basic training or middle aged dogs whose family has fallen on hard times. A quarter of dogs in shelters are purebred, about the same portion as the general pet population. We offer a waiting list for people who would like to adopt a purebred. In just the last year we've had a Wiemeraner, a Giant Schnauzer, Golden Doodle and many Shih Tzus, Beagles, Retrievers and Chihuahuas. We also get a sizeable number of Parsons Russel Terriers (formerly called Jack Russels).

Cats: The number of cats that keep their homes is far lower.  Many cats are allowed access to the outdoors where they become lost. Many pet cats are not spayed and neutered in time to prevent unwanted kittens.  We have so many kittens during the summer we cannot find homes for all of them. We also receive purebred cats including Siamese, Himalayan, Maine Coons, Snowshoes and Rex Cats.  This year we also admitted an Exotic Shorthair and a Bengal.

Other Pets: Frederick County Animal Control Center also has small mammals, birds, reptiles and farm animals for adoption on occasion. 


What is the fee to adopt from the shelter?

FCAC is funded by your tax dollars. To recoup part of the cost of caring for, vaccinating, micro-chipping and neutering animals, the County charges the following fees for adoption.
        Kitten or Cat** under 5 years of age = $97.50   ($20 reduced fee when adopting two cats at the same time)
        Puppy (under 1 year of age) = $150.00   

        Dog**: (over 1 year of age) = $92.50
        Rabbits = $50.00 
        Ferrets = $15.00
        Reptiles = $15.00
        Birds = $10.00
        Guinea Pigs = $10.00
        Hamsters, Gerbils, & Rats = $5.00

**All dogs/cats 5 years or older $20.00 off the above price and dogs/cats over 10 receive further discounts.

What should I bring to to pick up my pet?


Please bring a collar and leash for dogs and a carrier for cats and small animals. It's also a good idea to buy an engraved tag for cats and dogs with your name and number. You will need other pet supplies from the store of your choice, such as food and bedding. How much you spend is your choice. For small animals, the initial cost can be high for special cages, lighting and food. Initial costs for cats and dogs can be as low as a leash or litter pan. All pets need to have a visit with the vet, where costs are variable. Many Veterinarians in Frederick County give a discount to new pets adopted from the shelter at the first visit and accept our voucher for the first rabies vaccine.