Pet Wise: Many advantages to adopting a pet from the Humane Society of Carroll County

Recently my husband and I had to say goodbye to our 15 year-old-cat. When we felt we were ready to search for a new cat we went to the Humane Society of Carroll County’s user-friendly website. We clicked onto the “Adoptable Cats” link and scrolled down to see photos and read information about the numerous cats available for adoption. The members of the Humane Society’s Animal Care Division do an excellent job screening and familiarizing themselves with the cats to provide a personality profile regarding each cats’ behavior such as shyness, playfulness, need for a quiet home, or a home without dogs or young children. This information may help perspective adopters make the right match.

As we reviewed the numerous photos and profiles, we were both drawn to the photo of a lovely 1-year old dark greyish-brown female tabby with tufted ears and a ruff surrounding her neck. Her profile described her as a shy cat who was able to warm up to people when being petted. Her profile stated that she was in need of a quiet home — something we knew we could provide for her. The following day I drove out to the Humane Society to meet this beautiful feline. A member of the staff escorted me into the adoptable cat room that contained numerous cats in their individual cages, all in need of loving homes. We stopped in front of the cage containing the cat who grabbed our attention from the website. Her cage door was opened and I quietly introduced myself with a “cat greeting sound” and a slow eye blink. Then a slow massage of her ears and the sides of her pretty face caused her to lean onto my hand! I told my husband about my positive encounter with the cat and two days later she became a member of our family!


The Humane Society of Carroll County has made their adoptable cats more accessible to the public from its mobile adoption trailer and partnerships with Bowman’s Feed and Pet and 15 PetSmart store locations.

There are many advantages to adopt a cat from the Humane Society of Carroll County.


For the $50 adoption fee:

  • The cat receives the following core inoculations: feline distemper, rabies.
  • Deworming against intestinal parasites.
  • Flea prevention (30 days).
  • Testing for feline leukemia and FIV (Feline AIDS).
  • A microchip to help reunite the cat with the owner should it escape from the home.

The new owner also receives:

  • An adoption packet containing dry and canned food (ask for product names because a change in diet may cause gastrointestinal upsets).
  • A cat toy.
  • A certificate for a free wellness evaluation from local veterinarians.

To adopt a cat from the HSCC the potential owner must provide:

  • A current driver’s license.
  • Proof of permission from a landlord or property owner to allow a pet to reside in the home.

All adopters must sign an adoption contract and be aware that, The recipient agrees to abide by Carroll County’s animal control laws and state neglect and cruelty, among other things county law states:

  • Dogs and cats adopted from the shelter may not be kept as outside pets.
  • Dogs may not leave the owner’s property unless under the effective control of a responsible person.
  • Dogs 4 months and older must display a current county dog license (issued annually).

State law requires all cats, dogs and ferrets 4 months and older to be vaccinated against rabies.

Our adoption experience was efficient thanks to the dedicated and compassionate team of professionals and volunteers who work at the Humane Society of Carroll County.

Karen Baker, the executive director of the Humane Society of Carroll County wanted to share the following message with readers:

“Adopting a homeless pet not only brings love into your home but it also brings love into their life.”

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