Find a pet / apply online

Visit our adoption portal to see which pets are available.

When you find the right match, submit an online application. Adoption counselors will review applications in the order they’re received.

Phone interview / virtual meet and greet

An adoption counselor will contact you to schedule a phone interview. We’ll tell you what we know about the pet as well as learn about your household.

If you and the MD SPCA agree it’s a good match, we’ll set up a virtual meet and greet via Zoom (free video chat software).

Finalize adoption

If the meet and greet goes well and we all agree it’s a good match, we’ll send you a contract to finalize the adoption digitally.

In order to practice social distancing, we can exchange the pet in an outdoor pen at 3300 Falls Road or schedule a drop-off to your porch or yard.


Your fee helps cover the costs of caring for animals at the shelter. On average, the cost to care for a pet at the Maryland SPCA is $750.


Puppies (under 6 months): $275

Small dogs (up to 25lbs): $275

Dogs over 25lbs: $150


Kittens (under 6 months): $125

All other cats: $80

Adoptions include a free microchip, collar, and personalized ID tag.

Per Baltimore City law, adopters residing in Baltimore City must purchase a pet license ($10).

Adoption Spotlight

I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to adopt Rosie. I couldn’t ask for a more loving and loyal friend.

Sarah, Adopter

Adoption Spotlight

Teddy is very sweet, loves to cuddle, loves seeing me come home, and thoroughly loves his walks. He is an absolute joy.

Adoption Spotlight

We continue to be amazed at how much Prince's personality has opened up since we brought him home. We're so grateful to have this little furball in our lives!

Anamika, Adopter

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