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Adopt

Temporary Change in Operations Due To COVID-19

At this time, we’re open for adoptions BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

1. Browse online and check out all of our wonderful animals seeking permanent loving homes
2. Complete an online application and submit it for approval
3. We’ll call you to set up an appointment to come out and meet your potential new family addition(s)
4. Complete your adoption and head home with your new best friend

The Adoption Process

  1. 1

    Submit an Application

    Applications may be submitted online, in person, or by fax (410-833-9251). We will call you once it is received. Your online application starts the process, but you must meet with the shelter pet in person to continue the process.

  2. 2

    Meet the Shelter Pet

    All members of the household are required to meet with a BHS Adoption Counselor and their desired animal during normal business hours.

  3. 3

    Speak with an Adoption Counselor

    Adoption counselors can review your application with you and provide more information about the pet of your choice.

Adoption Requirements

 

18+ Years Old

You must be at least 18 years of age with a valid form of identification

 

Background Check

Applicants must pass a background check and have no history of violent charges, abuse or neglect

 

Pet Vaccinations

Cats and dogs living in the home must be up to date on their rabies vaccination, as required by state law

 

Primary Caretaker

The primary caretaker of the pet must be present to complete the adoption process

Adopting a Specific Animal

If you are interested in adopting a specific animal, you must come in and meet our furry friend in person before you can select the animal for your application.

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First Come, First Serve

Applications for a specific pet are taken on a first come, first serve basis after meeting with the pet of your choice. We do not hold animals and we reserve the right to refuse adoption to anyone for any reason.

 

Be Prepared

To expedite the process, bring your current pets’ vet records with you.

 

Applications Valid for 90 Days

General applications are good for 90 days until you decide which animal you would like to adopt.

 

Approval and Introductions

Applicants must be in contact within 48 hours of the initial approval or applications for a specific pet will be cancelled. Any current dogs in the home must come in for a scheduled dog introduction.

Adoption Pricing

Thank you for considering adopting a pet from the Baltimore Humane 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. You can also check out our additional free or discounted adoption programs.

Dogs

26 pounds or more

$135

Small Dogs

25 pounds or less

$235

Puppies

6 months or younger

$235

What's included

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Heart worm tested (if age appropriate)
  • Vaccinations appropriate for the age and species
  • Microchip with free registration
  • One month free pet insurance

$50 discount for seniors citizens (60+)
50% discount on animals age 7 and older

Only one adoption fee applies to a bonded pair.

Cats

7 months or older

$70

Kittens

6 months or younger

$110

What's included

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

$50 discount for seniors citizens (60+)
50% discount on animals age 7 and older

Bonded pairs: Adoption fee waived for one of the two

Rabbits

$60

What's included

  • Pre-adoption health exam
  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Microchip with free registration

Guinea Pigs

$20

What's included

  • Pre-adoption health exam
  • Neuter surgery for males

Rodents

Mice, Gerbils, and Hamsters

$15

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Foster a Shelter Animal

We’re continuously looking for caring and devoted individuals to provide temporary homes for animals in need. Fostering a shelter animal is a wonderful and rewarding experience but requires time and dedication. Although previous experience is not required, the ideal foster parent will have basic knowledge of animal care. Foster volunteers are especially needed during the spring/summer kitten season.

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