March 7, 2014

Hundreds Celebrate Opening of New Animal Services and Adoption Center

County Executive Ike Leggett and Police Chief J. Thomas Manger were among a large group of elected officials and organizational representatives who cut the ribbon marking the grand opening, on March 1, of the new Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC). Located at 7315 Muncaster Mill Rd. in Derwood, the MCASAC opened for walk-in business and adoptions on March 2.

In his remarks, Leggett thanked those who worked with the County to make the center a reality, including the non-profit MCPAW ( Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being) that is continuing to raise funds to enhance the center.

The 47,193 gross-square-foot, three-building complex enhances the County's ability to safely and hygienically care for animals and serves as a public adoption center and community education resource for animal-care issues. The Police Department's Animal Services Division operates the facility.

The first floor of the one-and-a-half story building has navigable corridors to accommodate all animal care and housing areas and includes a community room and an onsite veterinary clinic. Three public entrances – one each for adoptions, animal services and educational activities -- are located along the south fa├žade. Staff and volunteers have a walking trail and outdoor screened exercise runs to provide adoptable animals with access to fresh air and exercise.

The center is accessible via Ride On bus routes 57, 58 and 90. The closest Metro stop is Shady Grove (Red Line).

To reach the center’s main line, call 240-773-5900.