Preparing for Pet Adoption

Watch the below video to get started preparing your family and home for bringing another member home. 

Steps for the Adoption process

  1. Visit the website (also known as Pet Harbor), select "Filter", enter zip code 20772, and under "specific shelters" select Prince Georges County Animal Services Division, to view animals available for adoption from the facility. 
  2. Call 301-780-7200, option 2, with the animal ID number to check availability and schedule an appointment for an interaction (up to 2 animals).
  3. After scheduling an appointment complete the Adoption Application for Dogs & Cats or Adoption Application for Exotic Animals, print and bring application to your scheduled appointment with you to the facility. Please DO NOT FAX OR EMAIL applications. 

 Note: Citizens and residents adopting a pet from the Animal Services Facility may pay for adoption fees by cash or credit card only.
For more adoption information email:

  1. Rules
  2. Fees
  • We take up to three applications per pet on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • If you miss your scheduled appointment, the next application will be processed, and your name will be removed as an applicant.
  • We only allow 2 people in an interaction.
  • You must be 18 years or older to adopt.
  • Animals are placed as household pets only. You are not permitted to adopt animals for guarding, hunting or mousers.
  • In accordance with Prince George's County law, all female pets MUST be spayed and all male pets neutered. Animals adopted out will be spayed/neutered before going home. If a medical condition prohibits spay/neuter at the time of adoption, a contract will be signed to bring the pet back for spay/neuter surgery at a later date.
  • The animal must be maintained in accordance with the licensing and other laws of the community in which it resides and be provided with routine and emergency veterinary care as required.
  • It is the objective of the Animal Services Division to place pets from the Facility in the most suitable home available for both the pet and the family. We reserve the right not to place an animal, to refuse or deny any application, or to make recommendations to consider another selection.
In order to expedite the adoption application process you may print and fill an application for adoption to bring along with you to the facility. Applications are accepted in person at the Animal Services Facility. Faxed applications are not accepted.

Prince George's County Animal Services Division has partnered with Pets for Patriot.

Service members with at least 190 days in the service are welcome to utilize this partnership.  You could adopt for free if you are looking to adopt one of the following: dog or cat, at least 2 years of age Or dog or cat with special needs Or dog or cat homeless 6 months+ Or a dog 40+ pounds at adoption To adopt through this program, click

Search Available Pets

Use the below images to search for your next pet.

If you've lost a pet, you can search the lost animals at our shelter here.