Adoption Steps & Pricing

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Adoption Steps & Pricing

Adoption Steps ››                                                           Meet our Dogs! ››
Adoption Applications ››                                                 Meet our Cats! ››
Adoption Pricing ››                                                         Meet our Small Animals! ››
Adoption Options ››

Adoption Steps

We have lots of wonderful animals here just bursting to give tons of love and affection. If you’re ready to find your new forever best friend, here’s how to go through our adoption process. Our adoptable pets are updated on our website daily. So please check back frequently.

How to Adopt

  • You must be at least 18 years of age with a valid I.D.
  • Submit an adoption application online or in person. You may also fax the application to 410-833-9251. You will be notified by telephone once it is received.
  • General applications can be approved, and are good for 90 days until you decide which animal you would like to adopt.
  • If you are interested in adopting a specific animal, you MUST come in and meet it in person before you can select the animal for your application.
  • The application process may take between 24-48 hours to complete.
  • You are required to come in and meet with an adoption counselor who will be seated at the main desk of our Adoption Center. All members of the household are also required to come in and meet with the animal.
  • We require proof that dogs and cats in the home are up to date on a Rabies vaccine and are spayed or neutered. To help expedite the process we encourage bringing in your pet’s vet records during your visit
  • If you lease or rent, you must provide your landlord’s contact information.

If approved:

  • Any current dogs in the home must come in for a scheduled dog introduction to ensure that the animals will get along.
  • A pick-up time is scheduled.

NOTE: Baltimore Humane Society reserves the right to refuse adoption to anyone for any reason. We take up to 3 applications per animal on a first-come, first-serve basis. We do not hold animals. Nor do we authorize adoptions to be “gifts.” The person who will be considered the owner of the pet must be present and go through the adoption process.

The Adoption Center is open Tuesday-Sunday from 12:00pm-6:00pm. We are closed to the public on Mondays. Weekends are particularly busy so please be prepared. Please take your time in your selection. Baltimore Humane Society does not do same day adoptions. We do our best to be sure the animals are adopted into suitable forever homes. Each animal is an individual with different personalities and needs.

Rescue Groups

If you have a specific breed in mind that we do not have available for adoption try contacting a rescue group. Many of them can be found by doing an online search.

BHS relies on rescue partners to help with animals such as seniors, special needs, medical cases, behavioral cases, etc. Rescue organizations wishing to become a BHS Rescue Partner are asked to submit a Rescue Partnership Application. If your organization wishes to work with us (and we certainly hope that you do!), please complete the application and email, fax, or mail the application back to us.

Adoption Applications

Dog Adoption Application
Cat Adoption Application
Small Animal Adoption Application

Adoption Pricing

Thank you for considering adopting a pet from the Baltimore Human Society. You’ll find our prices listed below for the various types of pets we adopt. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us. All prices are subject to change without notice.

Dogs (over the age of 6 months): $100
Small dogs (under 25 lbs.) & Puppies (6 months and under): $150
Cats (over the age of 6 months): $50
Kittens (6 months and under): $85
Rabbits: $50
Guinea Pigs: $10
Rodents (mice, gerbils, and hamsters): $5

We also have special senior rates — Pets over 7 years old are 50% off! Or if you are 65+, the adoption fee for ALL cats is only $25 (discounts cannot be combined).

Other year-long adoption programs include:
Pets for Patriots
Free Adoption For First Responders

Adoptions always include:

For dogs and cats

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Vaccinations appropriate for the age and species
  • Microchip with free registration and ID tag
  • One month free pet insurance

For rabbits

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Microchip with free registration and ID tag

For guinea pigs

  • Pre-adoption health exam
  • Neuter surgery for males

Adoption Options

At Baltimore Humane Society, we know that finding the perfect pet match is essential to ensuring a long lasting relationship. While we encourage you to adopt from us, we know that that perfect match may be found elsewhere. And, sometimes your search can take you to lots of different places – so we’ve created a little map to help you in your search!

Click here to view the map.

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