Montgomery County Animal Shelter operating by appointment, waiving fees; puppy cam shows featured fosters

Montgomery County Animal Shelter is operating by appointment only. (Courtesy Montgomery County Animal Shelter)
Montgomery County Animal Shelter is operating by appointment only. (Courtesy Montgomery County Animal Shelter)

Montgomery County Animal Shelter is operating by appointment only. (Courtesy Montgomery County Animal Shelter)

Montgomery County Animal Shelter on March 23 launched new operational measures during the coronavirus pandemic to mitigate spread of the virus while continuing to make adoptions, fostering and rescuing animals possible.

According to a news release from MCAS, the facility will close its doors to the public but continue to offer appointments for its services.

MCAS said in a news release there is no evidence that pets can be infected with or spread the coronavirus, according to the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and World Health Organization. People with confirmed coronavirus should extend their avoidance of contact to pets as well as people, however, MCAS stated.

The facility has 274 animals in need of emergency fostering or adoption as of March 23, according to the release.

“Our goal is to greatly reduce the current animal inventory at MCAS by getting animals into foster homes, adopter homes or rescues during this closure,” MCAS Director Aaron Johnson said in the news release. “We can accommodate adoption, foster or rescue within shelter, curbside, and delivery or try to accommodate whatever needs or request you may have to make it happen.”

Montgomery County Animal Shelter services

MCAS provides a number of options for clients, volunteers and the public.


Prospective foster families can:

  • sign up for an appointment at;

  • begin gathering resources and supplies needed for pet adoption; and

  • maintain social distancing or stay in a vehicle when arriving at the facility.

A waitlist for foster families is available online at For additional information contact


Rescue organizations should contact


Adoptions can be arranged through to schedule a time. Fees are being waived to eliminate the handling of cash and credit cards, according to MCAS.


Current volunteers are still welcome, but the number on-site may be limited, according to MCAS. Individuals can contact to schedule a time. Individuals may be asked to answer screening questions.


The wellness center is open by appointment at

Live camera feed

The live Furbo camera feed is available at

Puppies on the live feed are available for fostering or adoption by contacting the shelter at

Animal control services

The shelter is not accepting animals from the public brought to the facility. Animal control officers are responding to calls in the community such as rabies calls and aggressive or injured animal calls.
By Vanessa Holt

A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of the paper in March 2017.


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