Animal Shelter Minimum Standards of Care

In 2017, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB 626- Agriculture - Animal Shelters - Standards of Care and Protocol Implementation and Enforcement, which required the department to develop standards of care for dogs and cats kept in: 
  1. A shelter that is owned by a county or municipality; 
  2. A shelter that a county or municipality contracts with for animal control services; or 
  3. A shelter that has received a grant from the Maryland Spay and Neuter Grant Program during the previous year. 
These standards became final April 23, 2018. The State Board is responsible for enforcing these minimum standards. Inspections of shelters is scheduled to begin in late summer 2018. 
Note: These standards do not apply to private or commercial kennels unless they receive funding from the State Spay & Neuter Grant Program. 

Vanessa Orlando
Executive Director 

50 Harry S Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401

Helpful Resources 

Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters, by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians,