Adopt a Dog, Dogs’ Lives Hang in the Balance

Adopt a Dog, Dogs’ Lives Hang in the Balance

Residents who are looking for a new pet are encouraged to go to the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC). The adoption center is at critical capacity, particularly regarding large dogs of more than 40 pounds. Adoption fees are waived for the next 50 dogs adopted.

MCASAC has never euthanized animals for space reasons, but that could change if the center continues to have dogs enter the facility without adoptions or fosters. 

The adoption center is located at 7315 Muncaster Mill Rd. in Derwood.

“We firmly believe no dog should face euthanasia due to a lack of space in our shelter,” said MCASAC Executive Director Thomas Koenig. “This means we need your help more than ever because MCASAC’s kennels, like many in the State and Metro D.C. Region, are at capacity.”

From Jan. 1 through June 30, 1,117 dogs came into the animal adoption center. During the same period in 2022, 916 dogs came into the building, meaning there was an increase of 201 dogs admitted during the first six months of 2023 compared to the previous year.

The increase in the number of dogs entering the animal adoption center in June of this year was substantial. In June, 214 dogs entered the shelter, but only 173 dogs exited. This is a significant reason the shelter is currently at capacity.

While advocates are looking into the cause for this surge in dog intakes and possible solutions with regional partners, they need the public's help now.

If anyone can adopt, or temporarily foster, a large dog, contact the shelter as soon as possible.

Those who cannot foster or adopt themselves are encouraged to share posts on social media and help spread the word.

The adoption process can be started online by filling out the adoption questionnaire and emailing in the required documents.

Adopters also can visit the adoption center during open hours from noon-7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Adopters should be prepared to take an animal home at the end of their appointment. Walk-in appointments are subject to counselor availability.

More information about the adoption process can be found at

To join MCASAC’s foster program and temporarily foster a large dog, sign up at Fostering ( Fostering is free and the supplies needed to care for the dogs are provided by MCASAC.