Please be aware: our adoption process is changing on Monday, December 27. For the safety of our community, we will temporarily suspend appointments to walk through our shelter.

All adoptions will begin with an online application. However, applicants will have the option of doing their meet-and-greet/interview virtually or outside our shelter at 3300 Falls Road.

To learn more, continue reading below.

Two ways to adopt

ONLINE or BY APPOINTMENT OUTSIDE

Adopt online

You can complete the adoption process entirely online.

Here’s how it works:

  • Visit our adoption portal to view available pets. If you find one you like, submit an online application.
  • We’ll email instructions to schedule a meet-and-greet/interview via Zoom.
  • Once we confirm your appointment, we’ll place the pet on hold for 24 hours.
  • Complete your virtual meet-and-greet and interview.
  • If we both agree it’s a good fit, we’ll complete the paperwork and payment digitally.
  • We’ll schedule a time for you to pick up your pet!

Please be aware: payment and pickup must be completed before the 24-hour hold expires. This prevents long delays in finding pets homes.

Adopt by appointment outside

Every adoption begins with an online application. After that, you have the option of making an appointment for a meet-and-greet at the shelter.

Here’s how it works:

  • Visit our adoption portal to view available pets. If you find one you like, submit an online application.
  • We’ll email instructions to schedule a meet-and-greet/interview at the shelter.
  • Once we confirm your appointment, we’ll place the pet on hold for 24 hours.
  • Arrive at the MD SPCA at your appointment time.
  • Park your car in front of a blue adoption sign and call (410) 235-6205 to check in.
  • We’ll bring the pet out to meet you and complete your interview.
  • If we both agree it’s a good fit, we’ll complete the paperwork and payment digitally.
  • We’ll arrange for you to take your pet home!

Please be aware: payment and pickup must be completed before the 24-hour hold expires. This prevents long delays in finding pets homes.

Fees

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.

Dogs

Puppies (under 6 months): $275

Small dogs (up to 25lbs): $275

Dogs over 25lbs: $150

Cats

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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