August 19, 2021

County Animal Services and Adoption Center Hosts ‘Pocket Pet Palooza’ Through Aug. 28

The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC) operated by the Montgomery County Office of Animal Services is waiving adoption fees for all small animals like rabbits and guinea pigs in a special promotion through Saturday, Aug. 28. MCASAC’s “Pocket Pet Palooza” is being co-sponsored by the nonprofit organization Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being (MCPAW).

The summer months are always busy for shelters and MCASAC is seeing high numbers of small animals entering its doors. In July, only 12 small mammals were adopted while 36 small mammals entered the care of MCASAC. Extra cages have been added to the small animal adoption room to make space for incoming animals. There is a waiting list for people in need of surrendering their small pets, and strays continue to enter the building.

Residents can visit the shelter in person to adopt or can start the process online to reserve a spot to speak to a counselor. All potential adopters should review the Pre-Adoption Checklist prior to visiting or submitting a questionnaire online. Submitting a questionnaire does not reserve an animal. Adoptions are arranged on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guidelines for adoption, the pre-visit checklist and the adoption questionnaire can be found at

The Animal Services and Adoption Center is located at 7315 Muncaster Mill Rd. in Derwood, Shelter hours of operation are noon -7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and noon-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The shelter is closed to the public on Wednesdays.