Animal shelters are vibrant and exciting places to go; barking, bustling, and busy. You’ll find wonderful animals, many choices for your new companion. Our shelter employees have a wealth of information and experience to offer you about selecting the right pet for your family. You’ll also find a pet adoption process that’s designed to find a good home for our pets and a good pet for your home.
Our shelter employees will ask a number of questions about you; your pet experience and what you expect from the pet; questions you may not have expected. Some people feel that it’s harder to adopt a pet than a child, but we want to insure our pets find good homes and our citizens find the right pet. So hang in there; adopting a pet is worth it.
If you are ready to make a commitment to the right pet, not only will you save a life, you’ll enhance your own. People with pets live longer and recover from illness faster than people who have none. Kids with pets learn empathy earlier than other kids. Research suggests that kids with pets handle family tragedy, such as divorce, better, too and may have fewer problems with allergies.
The Frederick Animal Control Center (FCAC) cares for abandoned and relinquished animals through funding from Frederick County Government. Each year, several thousand animals come into the shelter. While a few hundred of these pets are eventually reunited with their owners, the remaining thousands need new homes. Because the FCAC accepts all unwanted, injured, stray and sick animals in the County, we are often unable to find homes for all the pets in need.
How to Adopt
Find the pet of your dreams, bring your family to the shelter to meet the pet and fill out an application to adopt.
Make an appointment with an adoption counselor the following day. In the meantime we check references you provide.
Our adoption counselors will give you information on integrating your new pet into your household. If we’ve found a good match, you will pay adoption fees and take your pet home. If your pet is not yet altered, our vets will perform the surgery here at the shelter BEFORE you take your pet home.