Welcome to the Humane Society of Washington County’s online overview of the adoption process, we are delighted that you are considering adopting one (or more) of our animals.

Each year, we take in thousands of unwanted, abandoned or abused animals. Everything we do is in the interest of the animals in our care, and aimed at finding them the best possible chance of a good permanent home. Thank you for considering us!

Enjoy learning about some of the animals we currently have available for adoption, and visit the shelter when you have time!

Appointments are required to visit the animals or to adopt. Please call 301-733-2060 to schedule an appointment, but note that there may not be an available appointment the same day you call to schedule. A $20 appointment fee is due over the phone at the time of scheduling. Appointment fees are nonrefundable if 24 hours’ notice is not given for canceling an appointment. If you choose to adopt during your appointment, the $20 appointment fee will be applied towards the cost of the adoption. If you do not adopt an animal or make any other purchases during your appointment, the $20 appointment fee will be refunded. 

Our adoption center is open Monday Through Saturday from 10am until 6pm except for Wednesday when we open at 1pm. Dog interactions will take place until 5pm and the last adoption begins at 5:30pm.

We have a few requirements you must meet before adopting a new companion. To be considered as an adopter today, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Have valid identification with your present address

  • Have a telephone number

  • Be able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide proper care for your new companion

Understand that the HSWC reserves the right to deny any adoption for any reason.

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