Ready to welcome a new member into your family? Adopting a pet saves two lives – your new pet, and the animal that will take its place in a rescue or shelter that may have limited resources.

You can also save money on vet bills when you choose to adopt. Frederick rescues and shelters typically perform vet checks, spay and neuter, vaccinate, and microchip pets before they can be adopted. The adoption fee is often cheaper than all of those necessary services combined.

Our local rescues and shelters are not just for dogs and cats. You can also find a new rabbit, guinea pig, rat, bird, ferret, or other exotic pet that needs a new home. You’ll find fully trained adult pets looking for a place to retire, as well as playful youngsters to raise from just a few weeks old.

Here’s a list of your local Frederick animal rescues and adoption centers:

Frederick County Animal Control

Frederick County Animal Control & Adoption Center is a good place to start your search. There are dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets and more available at the adoption center. You can view adoptable animals on Petango or meet your match at the facility Monday through Saturday.

Animal Welfare League of Frederick County

Animal Welfare League of Frederick County (AWLFC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, no-kill rescue for cats and dogs. Meet adoptable pets at weekly adoption events or view the online listings to find your perfect cat or dog.

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is a 501c3 nonprofit network of foster homes in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. You can meet adoptable dogs and cats at adoption events or view dozens of adoptable pet listings online.

Lonely Hearts Animal Rescue

Lonely Hearts Animal rescue is a small, 501c3 nonprofit network of foster homes in Frederick, with a few dogs ready for adoption on their site.

Small Angels Rescue

Small Angels Rescue is a 501c3 nonprofit network of foster homes that care exclusively for small animals. The volunteers rehome more than 40 small animals each month. You can browse the available pets on PetFinder and connect with the animal’s foster volunteer to apply for adoption.

Friends for Life Cat Rescue

Friends for Life is a non-profit 501c3, no-kill rescue for homeless cats in Frederick. Friends For Life has weekly adoption events at Petco and PetSmart. You can also view adoptable cats and call the listed foster phone number or email friendsforlifecatrescue@gmail.com for more information.

House Rabbit Society

House Rabbit Society in Baltimore is the best place to find pet rabbits that are accustomed to living indoors with their foster families. Many adopters choose two to keep each other company.

Each organization has its own application requirements. Some will insist on a home visit, while others only require a quick interview. Always be truthful on your applications. You may want to ask about a trial adoption or meet and greet with your existing pets to ensure you’ll find the right match before committing to adopt.

Professional Care for Your New Pet

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We can’t wait to meet you and your new family member! Contact us today.