Animal Welfare League

of Queen Anne's County

Queenstown, MD 21658
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Adopters Welcome!

Here at the Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne’s County, we’re trying a new approach when it comes to matching adopters up with their new furry family member. We know the application process can be a bit intimidating, and that’s just what we’re trying to avoid! We don’t want potential adopters to be afraid; we want to welcome anyone who’s willing to open their home to a new pet. We’ve taken ideals and procedures from the HSUS’s “Adopters Welcome” approach and we’re excited to say that so far, it’s working!

The idea is that our application process is more conversation based. What this means is, while we still have a paper application, we want to build a relationship with potential adopters, and find out through conversation what animal would be the best fit for their personality and lifestyle.

A lot of shelters and rescues nowadays can have potential adopters jump through hoops to be approved. There’s home visits, landlord checks, background checks, animal control checks, proof of current pets vetting, references, etc. There are also “automatic denial” questions, for example, if you don’t have a fenced in yard you’re automatically denied from adopting any dogs. We want to stray away from these long, tedious processes and “automatic denial” questions because we know we can’t necessarily determine the perfect home based off of a piece of paper. There are exceptions to every rule, and we’ll never really know if our animals are going to the right home if we only know you from how you’ve filled out an application.

So if you’re looking for a new best friend, come have a conversation with us! We’re excited to expand this process and build relationships with our adopters. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 410-827-7178 and ask to speak with Brianna, our Adoptions Manager. You can also shoot her an email directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Queenstown, MD 21658

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