Animal Shelter Minimum Standards of Care
Reminder! By July 1, 2019, all rooms where animals are housed must have a fire alarm system
that will alert authorities of fire or heavy smoke.
- A shelter that is owned by a county or municipality;
- A shelter that a county or municipality contracts with for animal control services; or
- 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 Maryland Department of Agricutlure is responsible for enforcing these minimum standards. Inspections of shelters will begin in 2019.
Note: These standards do not apply to private or commercial kennels unless they receive funding from the State Spay & Neuter Grant Program.