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    Stray/Unwanted Sheltering

    Each year, the Montgomery County Animal Shelter cares for approximately 7,000 dogs and 4,000 cats.  Most of these pets are rescued from the streets by our Animal Care and Control Officers.  Some are brought in by concerned citizens and others by their owners who can no longer care for them.


    A currently licensed dog that is WEARING the license is held for 14 business days.  The owner is sent a certified letter notifying them that we have the dog.  If the dog is not wearing the license, it is NOT considered a licensed dog under state law.  We do not match incoming dogs with our license database.  It would be too difficult to match dogs in a county our size. 

    Your dog's license is her ticket home!  Please make sure your dog is wearing her license!   We want to return your dog to you!

    An unlicensed dog is available for reclaim for only 3 days under state law.  After 3 days, we decide whether to place the dog up for adoption, rescue or we decide we euthanize the dog. 

    Depending on the jurisdiction, we hold cats for 0-3 days before we euthanize or place for adoption.  Cats are handled on a contract basis, so please come to the shelter to identify your cat.

    Please note:  Over 80% of our incoming animals are never claimed by their owners  please help us improve this number!

    We do NOT do lost and found over the phone  please come to the shelter to identify your pet  she's counting on you!

    Mingle With Our Mutts

    Please join us the Second Sunday of each month from Noon - 2 PM for Mingle with Our Mutts we will have lots of adoptable dogs and cats looking for new homes. 

    Summer Safety Tips

    Summer is a time for both you and your pet to enjoy the sunshine and the outdoors, but this season can also offer situations that can endanger your pet.

    *You may be tempted to take your pet with you when you travel or run errands.  During warm weather, the inside of a vehicle can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.

    *Driving with a dog in the back of a pick-up truck is very dangerous.  Flying debris can cause injury to your pet or your pet may be unintentionally thrown our of the bed of the truck.

    *Plenty of fresh water and shade is extremely important.  In the summer heat your pet can suffer from heat stroke or heat exhaustion.  Owners need to know the signs:  heavy panting, rapid pulse, glazed eyes.

    *Even during the summer pets need exercise and one must use caution.  Limit exercise to early morning and early evening hours.

    *Crowded summer events and pets do not mix well.  The loud noises and crowds combined with the heat can be stressful and dangerous,