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Police: Animal Control

Howard County Animal Control & Adoption Center

8576 Davis Road, Columbia, MD 21045

About Us


Howard County Animal Control investigates animal cruelty cases, rescues endangered animals, accepts unwanted pets, administers a pet adoption program, conducts humane education programs and operates the county’s animal shelter. Volunteers assist with operations by taking the animals for walks, giving the animals personal attention and assisting with the adoption process. Howard County Animal Control shelters all types of homeless animals until new homes and new lives are found through adoption. Everyone wanting to adopt a pet must complete an adoption application and meet specific requirements before the adoption of an animal can occur.

View adoptable pets online 

What's new


Residents can now report lost pets through Howard County's popular "Tell HoCo" mobile app and website module. Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman recently demonstrated how to use the feature in a video posted on social media. The video can be found at https://www.facebook.com/HoCoGovExec/videos/964568976937217/ . The app can be downloaded for free from the Apple Store or from Google play. On online version of the reporting tool can be found at http://www.howardcountymd.gov/iframetemplate.aspx?id=6442474544 


Animal licensing is now available online. Click here to proceed.  

Monthly Rabies Clinic: Third Thursday of the month, noon -1:30 p.m. No appointment needed. Please bring $5 in cash or check per animal to be vaccinated. Also, please bring proof of any previous rabies vaccines given. You do not need to be a Howard County resident to have your animal vaccinated.

Animal Disaster Preparedness Packet - Learn how best to keep your pet safe and how to include your pets in your emergency disaster preparedness plans.

Howard  County Animal Control & Adoption Center is on Facebook: "Like" us today! 


Adoption Hours 


 Monday          10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
 Tuesday          1:30 - 7 p.m.
 Wednesday     10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
 Thursday         10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
 *Friday             10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. *(10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the LAST FRIDAY of the month.) 
 Saturday         10 a.m.- 2 p.m.


Note: The adoption center closes for county holidays.  

Office Hours 

 Monday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.  
 Tuesday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 
 Wednesday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 
 Thursday  8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 
 *Friday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. *(10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the LAST FRIDAY of the month.) 

Please call Central Communications at 410-313-2929 for after hours animal-related emergencies and for reporting dead deer on county roadways. 


Animal Matters Hearing Board Agenda: January 2016

Learn about Animal Control laws  
Cat adoption guide 
Dog adoption guide