January 14th: No More Appointments Needed for Pet Adoptions in Montgomery County

Starting January 14th, the county’s Animal Services and Adoption Center will be open for adoptions seven days a week.

In addition to extending its hours, the Adoption Center will no longer require appointments for adoptions. Adoptions will be walk-in only and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis; the adoption questionnaire can be filled out online before visiting the center or completed in person upon arrival.

According to a county press release, the Adoption Center at 7315 Muncaster Mill Rd. in Derwood has new operating hours: noon-7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and noon-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Those looking to adopt need to bring a pet carrier for cats or a collar and leash for dogs, as adoptions take place on the same day.

Adopters must bring rabies vaccination certificates for their cats, dogs, and ferrets when they come to adopt. Montgomery County residents need to license their pets before being added to the waiting list to meet with an adoption counselor. During peak hours, patrons may experience wait times.

“We hope these changes will encourage more adoptions and better serve our community members,” said adoption supervisor Faith Koleszar.

The shelter currently has a critical number of dogs, and all adoption fees are waived until further notice.

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