‚ÄčAnimal Welfare Society of Howard County

Founded 1944

View our adoptable pets!

After a successful home visit, they'll be furrever yours! Please be prepared to provide a nice warm bed, food, water bowls, and unconditional love for your new family member. 

Please follow these steps in order to complete your adoption:

View our adoptable pets on our Petfinder page

AWS is appointment only Friday and Saturday

10:00 am - 4:00 pm 

3. Schedule a Home Visit

To ensure our animals are entering a space well suited for their needs, we require a home visit for every adoption. 

2. Schedule a Shelter Visit

Please complete the initial adoption questionnaire, in order for us to get to know you and your family a little bit better!  Please submit a copy of our adoption application.

1. Adoption Questionnaire 

5. Welcome Home!

Time to make it official! At this point we've decided you're perfect for each other and will provide you with the necessary adoption paperwork to make it official!

All donations are tax deductible based on our 501c3 tax status with the IRS since 1951. Thank you.

Ready to adopt?

4. Adoption Paperwork


It is vital that you and your new pet share a bond. We want to make sure your pet has the opportunity to meet and socialize with their new family! Our shelter is by appointment only every Friday and Saturday from 10-4 for you to visit potential new family members.

  • To schedule a visit, click here.