About Us

The Animal Care Shelter for Kent County, formerly The Humane Society of Kent County, is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Kent County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. We are not affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States or any other local or national animal welfare organization. In addition, while we receive about a third of our operating funds from Kent County to provide Animal Control Services for the County, we are not a County agency. The remaining two-thirds of our budget comes from fees for services and private donations from generous citizens and organizations.


To prevent the unnecessary pain and suffering of domestic animals in our community and to promote satisfying and responsible relationships between people and domestic companion animals through community involvement and education.

Programs and Services
  • Animal Sheltering and Adoption
  • Animal Control
  • Humane Education
  • Trap, Neuter, Release
  • Lost & Found
  • Surrendering/Reclaiming
  • Volunteer Opportunities


The Animal Care Shelter for Kent County is an open-admission, no-kill shelter and welcomes every animal in need that we can legally accept. As an open-admission shelter, we take in many animals that may not be immediate candidates for adoption. Whenever possible, our staff and foster parents work with these animals to rehabilitate them and qualify them for adoption to good homes. There is no set limit to the length of time an animal can remain a candidate for adoption. As long as we have space and the pet appears to be able to maintain good physical and emotional health in our shelter environment or foster home, the pet will remain in our program.

Every animal, however long it remains in our adoption program, is guaranteed a clean, safe, comfortable space, nutritious food and fresh water, medical supervision, and, when needed, medical care and supplies. We also provide them with regular human interaction with our staff and volunteers who groom, exercise, and socialize with them.

We do our best to move young puppies and kittens and other special-needs animals into foster care, where they remain until they are ready for adoption. We also work with breed-specific groups to find homes for some animals, in order to maintain space within our own shelter. We do everything in our power to avoid the euthanasia of healthy animals, or of animals who can be rehabilitated or go to homes that will provide care for the pet’s lifetime. We are able to find new homes for the great majority of our pets. We are working to create a community where all adoptable animals are able to find forever loving homes. These are the steps we are taking to achieve that effect:

  • Maintain a widespread effort to promote spaying and neutering of all companion animals
  • Continually increase the number of shelter animals that are adopted to new homes
  • Encourage responsible pet ownership through public awareness campaigns, humane education programs, and efforts to legally eliminate puppy mills and backyard breeders
  • Supporting pet owners through training classes, counseling, and referrals to outside information sources

Click here to download our 2016 Animal Intake/Disposition Data