Maryland Animal Rescue and Adoption Listings


The rescue of Maryland dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and small domestic mammals, is critical to the well-being of these companions.  This page is dedicated to providing rescue lists for all Maryland pets.  We thank all those people who give unselfishly to the saving and placement of the less fortunate, and we hope that any heartache you encounter is overwhelmed by the happiness you make.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  It is PGAA’s desire to provide a list of adoption and rescue sites that rescue pets and, hopefully, place them into new loving and caring homes.  While we make every effort to only publish links from reputable rescue agencies, we HAVE NOT physically reviewed these organizations.  Let us know of any unfavorable experiences that you may have had with any rescue/adoption group at PGAA Rescues.

It is difficult to continually maintain a completely valid list of operating rescue agencies so some of these rescues may no longer be operating.  Your cooperation in notifying us of closed rescues will also be appreciated.

Search Recommendations

  • Click on your state and scroll down to the appropriate pet
  • If you don’t find a group in your state search the surrounding states
  • Still no luck?  Go to the National section and scroll to the appropriate pet
  • When all else fails E-mail us for assistance

Maryland Adoption and Rescue Organizations.

Please use caution when considering placing an animal with any one involved in animal rescue, or if you get an animal from a rescue/adoption agency. Get references and do some investigation on your own.  Long-distance/sight unseen adoptions can be risky.

A “Yes” in the No-Kill column means that the rescue is a shelter where animals are only euthanized if they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be suitable for adoption.

Cats Only
Cats and Dogs
Dogs-All Breeds
Dogs By Breed
Other Animals

Carroll County All All Carroll County Humane Society
Mount Airy, MD 21771 All Special Needs Heavan’s Gift Animal Rescue and Sanctuary Yes
Maryland Birds All Lair of Dragons Bird Rescue and Sanctuary
Cats Only
East Coast Cats Maine Coon Cats Contact:  East Coast Maine Coon Rescue (ECMCR)
Abingdon, MD 21009 Cats All Romie Cat Rescue
Accokeek, MD 20607 Cats All Suwannee Valley Feline Rescue Inc
Baltimore, MD 21222 Cats All Maryland Animal Advocates, Inc
Bethesda, MD 20814 Cats All Alley Cat Cllies Yes
Bowie, MD 20718 Cats All Prince Georges Feral Friends, SPCA Yes
Brentwood, MD 20722 Cats All Alley Cat Rescue Website   Facebook Yes
Germantown, MD 20874 Cats All Shingilana Rescued Felines
Rock Hall, MD 21661 Cats All Really Great Cats Rescue
Silver Spring, MD 20906 Cats All Puden’s Place
Silver Spring, MD 20906 Cats All Good Luck Catss
Stevenson MD 21153 Cats All Reline Rescue Association Yes
Cats and Dogs
Baltimore Cats and Dogs All Baltimore Animal Rescue
and Care Shelter,
Baltimore, MD 21211 Cats and Dogs All The Maryland SPCA.
Baltimore, MD 21230 Cats and Dogs All Recycled Love, Inc.
Baltimore, MD Cats and Dogs All nimal Allies Rescue Foundation (AARF)
Bel Air, MD 21015 Cats and Dogs All Rainbow Tails Rescue
Chesapeake City, MD 21915 Cats and Dogs All Eastern Shore Animal Rescue League
Chesapeake City, MD 21915 Cats and Dogs All Paws for Life Yes
Chestertown, Maryland 21620 Cats and Dogs All Humane Society of Kent County
Columbia, MD 21045 Cats and Dogs All Tara’s House Animal Rescue Yes
Easton, MD  21601 Cats and Dogs All Talbot County Humane Society
Ellicott City, MD 21041 Cats and Dogs All Animal Advocates of Howard County
Frederick County MD Cats and Dogs All Animal Welfare League of Frederick County (AWLFC) Yes
Frederick, MD 21701 Cats and Dogs All Frederick County Humane Society
Frederick, MD 20678 Cats and Dogs All Calvert Animal Welfare League Yes
Germantown, MD 20875 Cats and Dogs All Friends of Montgomery County Animals Inc.
Greenbelt, Maryland 20768 Cats and Dogs All Partnership for Animal Welfare
Greenbelt, Maryland 20768 Cats and Dogs All Partnership for Animal Welfare
Laurel, MD 20724 Cats and Dogs All Companion Animal Rescue Alliance
Mt. Airy, MD 21771 Cats and Dogs All Tails of Hope Sanctuary
Phoenix, MD 21131 Cats and Dogs All Defenders of Animal Rights Yes
Poolesville, MD 20837 Cats and Dogs All Tara’s Babies Animal Welfare Yes
Prince Frederick, MD 20678 Cats and Dogs All Calvert Animal Welfare League Yes
Reisterstown, MD 21136 Cats and Dogs All The Baltimore SPCA
Ridgely, MD 21660 Cats and Dogs All Caroline County Humane Society
Rockville, MD 20850 Cats and Dogs All Montgomery County Humane Society
Silver Spring, MD 20907 Cats and Dogs All Tara’s House Animal Rescue, Inc.
Waldorf, MD 20602 Cats and Dogs All Humane Society of Charles County
Washington Grove, Maryland 20880 Cats and Dogs All Montgomery County SPCA Yes
Dogs Any Breed
Baltimore, MD 21231 Dogs All Underdog Rescue of MD
Bethesda, MD 20827 Dogs All DAWG Rescue
Chesapeake City, MD 21915 Dogs All Paws for Life Yes
Frederick, MD 21703 Dogs All Lonely Hearts Animal Rescue
Gaithersburg, MD 20882 Dogs All Allbreed Rescue and Referral Inc
Laurel, 20724 Dogs All Companion Animal Rescue Alliance
Maryland Dogs All Operation Paws for Homes
Maryland Dogs All Adopt A Shelter Dog
Pasadena, MD 21123 Dogs All Dog Rescue of Maryland
Silver Spring, MD 20902 Dogs All Roxies’s Fund
Takoma Park, MD 20912 Dogs All K-9 Lifesavers
Towson, MD 21204 Dogs All Dogs In Danger Rescue
Dogs By Breed
Maryland Dogs Akita Akita Rescue Mid-Atlantic Coast
Maryland Dogs America Eskimo Wanda Mitchell, Exec Dir of OperationsWeb site: Eskie Rescuers United
Maryland Dogs Basset Hound Basset Hound Rescue
Southern Maryland Dogs Beagle Beagle Rescue of Southern Maryland
Mid-Atlantic Dogs Border Collie Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue
Maryland Dogs Boston Terrier Old Dominion Boston Terrier Rescue
Maryland Dogs Boxer Adopt A Boxer Rescue
Maryland Dogs Boxer Boxer Rescue and Adoption
Maryland Dogs Boxer Northeastern Boxer Rescue Yes
Maryland Dogs Bulldog English Bulldog Rescue
Maryland Dogs Bulldog HeavenSent English Bulldog Rescue
Maryland Dogs Bulldog, English and French Bullies 2 the Rescue
Maryland Dogs Bulldog On The Rebound Bulldog Rescue
Maryland Dogs Chinese Shar Pei Mid-Atlantic Chinese Shar-Pei Rescue Operation
DE,DC,NY,NJ,PA,MD,VA Dogs Chihuahua Cold Nose Warm Heart
Maryland Dogs Cocker Spaniel Cocker Spaniel Adoption
Maryland Dogs Coonhounds Hound Rescue
Maryland Dogs Dalmatian Chocolate Chip Dalmatian Assistance League
Maryland Dogs Dalmatian Adopt A Spot
Maryland Dogs Doberman Pinscher Doberman Assistance, Rescue and Education (DARE)
Maryland Dogs English Bulldog HeavenSent Bulldog Rescue
Maryland Dogs English Springer Spaniel Mid-Atlantic ESS Rescue
Baltimore, MD 21286 Dogs German Shepherd Shepherds to Love
Maryland Dogs German Shorthaired Pointers New Beginnings German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue
Maryland and Virginia Dogs German Shorthaired Pointers Mid-Atlantic German Shorthaired Pointers Rescue
Southern Maryland Dogs Golden Retrievers Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland
Maryland Dogs Golden Retrievers GoldHeart Golden Retriever Rescue 410-569-6350
Maryland Dogs Golden Retrievers GRREAT. Inc
Maryland Dogs Great Dane Great Dane Club of Maryland Rescue — Helen Baker — 301-747-5974
Maryland Dogs Great Dane Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue — Debbie Rahl — 410-945-5454
Maryland Dogs Great Pyrenees Appalachian Great Pyrenees Association-Rescue
Maryland Dogs Hounds Hound Rescue
DE, MD, NJ, PA Dogs Jack Russell Terrier Russell Rescue
Annandale, VA 22003 Dogs Labrador Retriever Lab Rescue of the LRCP
VA, MD, DC, PA, NJ (Palmyra, PA 17078) Dogs Labrador Retriever Labrador Retriever Rescue
Maryland Dogs Maltese United Maltese Rescue
New England thru Georgia Dogs Maltese Atlantic Maltese Rescue, Inc
Myersville, MD 21773 Dogs Miniature Pinscher (MinPin) Picasso’s Place Min Pin Rescue
Maryland Dogs Miniature Schanuzer Schnauzer Rescue of the Mid-Atlantic
Maryland Dogs Pekingese Potomac Valley Pekingese Club
Maryland Dogs Plott Hounds Hound Rescue
In Huntingdon Valley, PA (also accepts New Jersey, Delaware & Maryland) /td> Dogs Pug Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue, Inc. Yes
Maryland Dogs Pug Pug Lovers Rescue Yes
Maryland Dogs Rottweiler N. Virginia Rottweiler Rescue League
Maryland Dogs Samoyed Mid-Atlantic Samoyed Rescue
Maryland Dogs Schanuzer Schnauzer Rescue of the Mid-Atlantic
Maryland Dogs Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) Northern Chesapeake Sheltie Rescue
Maryland Dogs Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) Shetland Sheepdog Rescue Club of Maryland
Maryland Dogs Shiba Inu Mid-Atlantic Shiba Rescue
Maryland Dogs Siberian Husky Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue
Brick, NJ 08723 Dogs Siberian Husky Northern Exposure Siberian Husky Rescue
Maryland Dogs West Highland Terrier Maryland Westie Rescue
Bluemont, VA 20135 Dogs West Highland Terrier Westie Rescue Inc
Maryland Dogs Yorkshire Terrier Save-A-Yorkie
Parts of Maryland Dogs Yorkshire Terrier Rescue Me – Yorkie Rescue
Other Animals
Maryland Farm Animals All
Baltimore County Ferrets All Rocky’s Ferret Rescue and Shelter Yes
Baltimore County Ferrets All Oxford Ferret Rescue
Baltimore County Ferrets All The Ferret Inn
Washington DC Metro Ferrets All Washington Metropolitan Area Ferret Outreach Yes
Maryland Guinea Pig All Guinea Pig Rescue
Abingdon, MD 21009 Rabbits All Luna’s House
Northern Virginia (Baltimore, MD 21211) Rabbits All House Rabbit Society-VA, MD, DC chapter
Southern Maryland Rabbits All Bunny Magic Yes
Maryland Small Pets All