How to adopt a pet at the Maryland SPCA

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!


Visit the Maryland SPCA's adoption portal to view 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.


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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