‚ÄčAnimal Welfare Society of Howard County

Founded 1944

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!

4. Adoption Paperwork

View our adoptable pets!

View our adoptable pets on our Petfinder page

AWS is appointment only Friday and Saturday

10:00 am - 4:00 pm 

1. Adoption Questionnaire 

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


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. 

3. Schedule a Home Visit

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.

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

Please follow these steps in order to complete your adoption:

Ready to adopt?

5. Welcome Home!

2. Schedule a Shelter Visit

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!