How to Adopt Every adoption saves the lives of two pets. The pet you provide a home for and the incoming pet who gets their space in the shelter. Home / Shelter Programs / How to Adopt Adopt a shelter pet The Maryland SPCA’s adoption center is open to the public! You can apply for a pet online before coming to the shelter. However, please be aware: an online application does not reserve a shelter pet. All adoptions are first-come, first-served in person at the shelter. Here’s how it works: Come to our adoption center at 3300 Falls Rd. Walk through our dog kennel and/or cat room to find a pet you like. Scan the application QR code in our adoption lobby. An adoption counselor can help you apply on your phone or our tablet. Meet the pet and ensure a good match. After that, we’ll complete an interview on the phone or in person. If we both agree it’s a good fit, you’ll complete the paperwork and payment digitally. Then we’ll bring out your new pet! See available pets Adopt a foster pet We also have foster pets available for adoption. These adoptions are completed online, not in person at the shelter. Here’s how it works: Visit our adoption page to view available pets. Foster pets’ profiles are marked with a yellow banner. 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. See available pets 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 Can’t adopt? Your support helps pets find homes faster.