Humane Services


Every pet in our care deserves a loving home. Let us find you a life-long match.


Last year, over a thousand pets who were sick, injured, or too young to be adopted required the love and extra care of a temporary home. Do you want to be a foster parent?

Helping You Keep Your Pet

Are you in a crisis and considering giving up your pet? We want to help you keep your pet.

Watch: Force-Free Training at the MD SPCA

Our Training Philosophy

The Maryland SPCA uses force-free training methods. That means training without pain, intimidation, threats, force, or coercion.

Behavior & Training

Behavior and training experts assess every pet admitted to our shelter. We make sure the pet is safe to have around people and other pets. Experts also identify behavior challenges and create customized training plans. Finally, we develop personality profiles so adopters can find the right match.

No Time Limits

There’s no time limit on how long a pet can stay with us. Last year, our team of dedicated, compassionate staff and volunteers provided care and enrichment for 3,420 dogs and cats until they found their forever homes.

Help us give a second chance to the pets in our care.

Give today.


Saving the lives of Maryland animals since 1869.

Explore all the ways to give to the Maryland SPCA.

Your support saves the lives of local cats and dogs.

Help pay for health care essentials and adoption services.

Help pets stay in loving homes where they belong.

Give food, toys, another items to support our mission.

Give cats and dogs the gift of your time.

Provide a temporary home for pets who need extra time.

Join us for training classes and community events.

Life-saving knowledge and resources for all your pets' needs.