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Frequently Asked Questions

We have several collections of frequently asked questions arranged by category.

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The SPCA Clinic offers now offers low cost spay and neuter services to the public. Services are offered for both dogs and cats. Pets need to be 16 weeks and older and in good health.

Please call our clinic at 410-268-4388 x123 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule an appointment.

No -- we do not offer boarding services.  We recommend that you ask your veterinarian, neighbors, friends, etc. for their recommendations of a reputable boarding facility. We also recommend that you visit the kennel/cattery prior to leaving your pet to be sure you are comfortable with the staff and facility.

Licenses may be purchased through the mail or in person at:

Anne Arundel County Animal Control
411 Maxwell Frye Road
Millersville, Maryland 21108

Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00am – 3:00pm.
Phone: 410-222-8900

Yes. Any dog or cat residing in Anne Arundel County that is 4 months of age or older must have an Anne Arundel County License. Proof of a current rabies vaccination is required to obtain a license.

Some useful information is available at www.pitbulls.org.

No, we adopt animals to good homes throughout the area.

We screen adopters to make sure animals are placed in safe and healthy homes.

Our volunteers are required to commit a minimum of six months of active service and volunteer 6 hours per month.

We cannot accommodate high school or college students who are required to fulfill short-term community service hours.  The SPCA will not grant community service hours for any volunteer unless they have been an active volunteer for 6 months prior to requesting verification of service hours.

Volunteers between the ages of 13-17 can assist as a volunteer with an adult volunteer mentor over the age of 25. The adult volunteer mentor must be a parent or legal guardian, or another adult recommended by a parent.  Both the teenager and adult volunteer must attend volunteer orientation and shelter training and must always volunteer together.

We welcome volunteers over the age of 13 if accompanied by a parent or an adult mentor. All volunteers, including your teen volunteer, must complete our volunteer orientation session.

All adoptable animals will stay in the shelter until adopted unless the animal contracts a contagious, non-treatable illness or becomes behaviorally un-adoptable.  The SPCA does not place a limit on the amount of time adoptable animals stay in the shelter. As long as they stay happy and healthy, they’ll stay at the SPCA, waiting for homes.

Our veterinarian, along with the assistance of the animal caretakers, makes sure healthy animals stay healthy. They diagnose and treat sick or injured animals, and take care of any animals that may become sick during their shelter stay.

All kittens, cats, puppies and dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and current on age-appropriate vaccinations prior to being available for adoption. All rabbits are spayed or neutered, and male guinea pigs are neutered, prior to being available for adoption.

No.  National organizations including the ASPCA in New York, the Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Association do not financially support our shelter or any other shelters.  Potential contributors sometimes mistakenly send a donation intended for our SPCA to one of the national organizations, but we don’t benefit from this.

No, Anne Arundel County Animal Control and the SPCA of Anne Arundel County (SPCA) are independent of each other.

The SPCA is a private, non-profit animal welfare organization.   


Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The SPCA receives no funding from city, county, state, or federal government. We are supported by private donations.

Anne Arundel County
If you have found a stray animal in Anne Arundel County and are unable to locate an owner please call Anne Arundel County Animal Control at 410-222-8900. Stray animals are handled by Anne Arundel County Animal Control’s shelter in Millersville.


Yes. It will save you time if you fill out the pet profile for the animal you are surrendering before you come to the SPCA. We have both forms available here for download.

Dog Profile


Cat Profile

If you are surrendering a pet, please follow the directions below:

  1. Call our shelter office (410-268-4388) if you have questions concerning the relinquishment of your pet.
  2. Locate your pet's previous veterinary and vaccination records, if possible, to bring with you.


We maintain a list of local veterinarians who have generously donated to the SPCA.

Contact Anne Arundel County Animal Control at 410-222-8900. You should also check the Animal Control website where you can post a report of a found animal as well as view a list of lost animals.

The SPCA keeps a Found File of found pets in the county.  Call 410-268-4388 to report a found pet to us.


The Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with or without an appointment.

Phone: 410-224-0331

Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic
808 Bestgate Road
Annapolis, MD  21401


There are two regional and three community off-leash dog parks in the county.  For the locations, visit the county’s Recreation and Park website.

In Anne Arundel County, cruelty complaints are handled by Anne Arundel County Animal Control, a division of the county police department.

Phone: 410-222-8900

Stray animals in Anne Arundel County are handled by Anne Arundel County Animal Control in Millersville. Please see their Lost Pets form.You should also view their list of found animals.

You must go in person to Animal Control as soon as you can to see if your pet is there. We recommend returning every few days.

NOTE: Stray animals brought to our SPCA are transported by Animal Control to their shelter.

The SPCA keeps a Lost File of missing or found pets in the county.  Call 410-268-4388 to report a lost pet to us.