Founded 1944

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!

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 open to the public every Saturday from 10-4 for you to visit potential new family members. If Saturday doesn't work for you, please schedule a visit.

  • To schedule a visit, click here.

Please follow these steps in order to complete your adoption:

5. Welcome Home!

View our adoptable pets!

View our adoptable pets on our Petfinder page

1. Adoption Questionnaire 

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

3. Schedule a Home Visit

Ready to adopt?

2. Schedule a Shelter Visit

Please be prepared to complete the initial adoption questionnaire, in order for us to get to know you and your family a little bit better!

AWS is open to the public every Saturday

12:00 am - 4:00 pm 

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

‚ÄčAnimal Welfare Society of Howard County

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.