New Derwood shelter set to open -- Gazette.Net


After undergoing construction on a $20 million building, the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center in Derwood will open its doors to the community March 2.

The 49,160-square-foot facility, at 7315 Muncaster Mill Road, replaces the county’s current animal shelter on Rothgeb Drive in Rockville, which is operated by the Montgomery County Humane Society. The county has contracted with the Humane Society to continue running the old shelter until the end of March, allowing for transition time between the two centers.

All new animals, as of Feb. 25, are coming to the new shelter, according to Mary Healey, director of Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center.

“We certainly anticipate receiving many animals in the upcoming days and weeks,” she said.

The shelter will provide animal services such as adoption, neutering, licensing, training and treatment.

Equipped with 72 dog adoption dens and 98 cat cages, the shelter encourages adoption and has several visitation rooms for residents and families to spend time with a prospective new pet. Reptiles, birds and exotic animals also have designated spaces in the building.

A livestock barn in the back is prepared to temporarily house cows, horses, pigs, sheep and other barnyard animals.

Healey said she hopes the community will come to view the center as a resource for animal care and assistance.

“Being that it’s a new building and how aesthetically pleasing it is, I hope it encourages our citizens and residents to come in and spend time here with us,” Healey said. “This should be a happy place and a welcoming place.”