Harford County Humane Society

Fallston, Maryland

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About Harford County Humane Society

Harford County Humane Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare and well-being of the approximately 3,500 animals that come through its doors each year.

They are an open-admission shelter and accept every animal if they can't help the pet stay in its home. Animals are provided with food, shelter, warmth, medical care, and the loving attention they desperately need.

Although they aren't part of the Harford County government or the Humane Society of the United States, Harford County Humane Society acts as the county's sole facility for the care and treatment of animals. This means that animals found as strays or seized by animal control come to Harford County Humane Society to be cared for and rehabilitated if possible.

Contact Info

2208 Connolly Rd
(410) 836-1090
Website: harfordshelter.org

Hours of Operation

Mon - Fri: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Adoption Process

Ready to adopt from Harford County Humane Society? First, consider your lifestyle.

  • Are you away from home for long periods?
  • If you travel a lot, who will care for the pet while you're away?
  • How much yard space is there, and is it fenced?
  • Is the time right to get a pet who'll be a part of your life for the next 20 years?
  • Do you have the financial resources to cover routine and emergency veterinary care?

Once you’re at the shelter, keep an open mind. Try not to overlook the animals sitting quietly in their cages or the scruffy ones. Every animal has something unique to offer.

Once you are ready to adopt, the process is simple:

  1. Drop your application form off, in person, at the shelter. Forms are linked to below.
  2. After approval, spend time with the animal. If it isn't a perfect match, don't be discouraged. You're welcome to interact with other furrballs until you find your soul mate.
  3. Bring all family members, both two-legged and four-legged, for a meet-and-sniff.
  4. Everything look good? Complete the adoption paperwork and pay the associated fee.
  5. Head home with your new pal!

Applications are available at the links below:

  • Application form - dogs
  • Application form - cats
  • Application form - small critters

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Harford County Humane Society are as follows:


  • Puppies (8 weeks to 11 months): $250
  • Adults (1-5 years): $160
  • Adults (6-9 years): $95
  • Seniors (10+ years): $35


  • Kittens (8 weeks to 6 months): $125
  • Adults (7+ months): $95
  • Seniors (6+ years): $45

Small and Barnyard Animals

  • Rabbits: $25
  • Guinea Pigs: $20
  • Rats: $10
  • Hamsters, Gerbils & Mice: $5

Small critters may not be adopted for breeding purposes.

Your adoption fee covers microchipping, rabies vaccination, distemper vaccination, canine kennel cough vaccination, flea and tick prevention, a free sample of Hill's Science Diet food, a general exam, and heartworm testing for dogs and feline leukemia and FIV testing for cats.

If the animal you've chosen isn't already spayed or neutered, you're required to pay a $50 "good faith" deposit. You'll be given a Harford Animal Sterilization Program certificate and a list of veterinarians who accept the certificate. You have 60 days (or 60 days after the animal is 6 months old) to get them spayed or neutered. Once the procedure is done, provide a receipt from your veterinarian. Your $50 deposit will be refunded or you may choose to donate it back to the shelter.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Harford County Humane Society
directly using the contact info above.

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