What is our adoption process?

Are we a no-kill shelter?

Yes! We believe every animal deserves another chance. We will provide loving care for our pets with no time limit. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. However, there are a few steps to our surrender process, every animal will have a behavioral analysis done prior to acceptance and a surrender donation is required.


*Currently, we have a surrender waiting list for both dogs and cats.*

*If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please contact us.*

From donating and volunteering to fostering, there is plenty we need help with. If you are interested in volunteering, please click here and if you are interested in donating, please click here!

May I stop by the shelter to see animals at anytime? 

Image by Norman Rockwell, "Dog and Boy", (1952), Google Images

How can I help, volunteer, or donate?

​Animal Welfare Society of Howard County

Founded 1944

No, we ask that if you are interested in a pet, to please visit us on Saturday from 10-4. If this time does not work for you, please send us an email or give us a call and we can set up a time for you and a pet to meet.

Can I surrender an animal? 

Adopting a pet only takes a few steps, please click here for a breakdown of the process.