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Montgomery County -- Animal Control

Animal Services in Montgomery County (or Animal Control in Montgomery County)

7315 Muncaster Mill Road
Derwood, Md 20855
In Montgomery County, animal-related issues and concerns are primarily handled by the Montgomery County Police Department’s Animal Services Division located at the Animal Services and Adoption Center, 7315 Muncaster Mill Road in Derwood. It is the law in Montgomery County that all dogs, cats and ferrets four months of age or older receive a current rabies vaccination and that dogs and cats be licensed through the county or a local municipality. Residents of the cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg must license their pets with their municipality.
Animal Services Division officers are responsible for responding to and investigating calls seven days a week, 24 hours-a-day for animals at-large, cruelty and neglect, nuisance and noise complaints, injured wildlife, and rabid or other aggressive or dangerous animals. They also conduct inspections of animal-related businesses in the county. The Animal Services and Adoption Center serves all animals in need from dogs and cats to farm animals, wildlife and exotic animals. It offers adoptions, lost and found pet assistance, vaccination clinics, education and outreach. The county also manages a dead animal removal program that disposes of dead deer or other large animals that are beside or obstructing roadways.

To reach the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center or inquire about pet adoptions, pet licensing, to report a lost pet or other animal shelter matters, call 240-773-5900 or visit

Calls for dead animal pick-up should be made to 311 or, if calling from outside the county, 240-777-0311.

Call 911 to report animal-related emergencies including:
• Animal attacks in progress
• An animal locked in a hot car
• Animal cruelty in progress
• An animal creating a traffic hazard

Call the police nonemergency number — 301-279-8000 — to report nonemergency animal-related issues and complaints including:
• A sick, injured or abandoned animal
• A stray animal
• An animal neglect situation
• An animal in a trap issued by Montgomery County
• An animal in distress due to severe weather conditions (animals without shelter or water)
• An animal threatening the well-being of a community member (not in-progress)
• An animal bite/attack (not in-progress)
• An animal nuisance such as a barking dog or an owner not cleaning up after a pet

For general animal questions, those residing within the city limits of Rockville and Gaithersburg should contact their separate Departments of Animal Control.
Call 301-258-6343 for Gaithersburg City residents — Animal Control
Call 240-314-8937 for Rockville City residents — Animal Control
(240) 773-5900
Rockville City Department of Animal Control (240) 314-8937
Gaithersburg City Department of Animal Control (301) 258-6343