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County's New Animal, Adoption Shelter Opens March 2

Thinking of adopting a pet? Montgomery County's new Animal Services and Adoption Center opens to the public March 2.

Montgomery County's new Animal Services and Adoption Center opens to the public March 2. File|Patch
Montgomery County's new Animal Services and Adoption Center opens to the public March 2. File|Patch

The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center’s new $20 million facility in Derwood will open its doors at noon Sunday, March 2, reports Gazette.Net.

The 49,160-square-foot building at 7315 Muncaster Mill Road replaces the county animal shelter on Rothgeb Drive in Rockville, which is operated by the Montgomery County Humane Society. The Humane Society will operate the old shelter until the end of March.

All animals are now coming to the Derwood shelter, the website reports.

The shelter will provide animal services including adoption, neutering, licensing, training and treatment. It is equipped with 72 dog adoption dens and 98 cat cages. There is also space for reptiles, birds and exotic pets.

Cows, horses, pigs, sheep and other farm animals can be kept temporarily in a barn onsite.

Business hours are: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; closed Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

The shelter can be reached at 240.773.5900.

Animal-related issues and complaints are handled by the County Police Emergency Communications Center or MC311 call takers. For animal emergencies, dial 9-1-1. For other animal issues, call the non-emergency police line, 301-279-8000.  

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