Animal Control

Howard County Animal Control & Adoption Center
8576 Davis Road, Columbia, MD 21045
Please call 410-313-2929 for after hours animal-related emergencies.

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.

Animal Control also responds for critically injured or deceased deer on county roadways and on private property, if the deer is within 250 feet of a dwelling. Residents should call 410-313-2780 during business hours or 410-313-2929 after hours.

Learn about Animal Control laws
Standards of care
ADA guidance for service dogs
Cat Adoption Guide / Dog Adoption Guide

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.

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.
Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Note: The adoption center closes at 3 p.m. on the last Friday of the month for a staff meeting. The center also 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 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

You can also connect with Howard County Animal Control on Facebook and Instagram.

Social media accounts are not monitored 24/7.

Please call 410-313-2929 for after hours animal-related emergencies.