Open Admission, Open Hearts

The Animal Care Shelter for Kent County is an open-admission facility that welcomes every animal in need from Kent County, even those who may not be immediate candidates for adoption.

There is no set limit to the length of time an animal can remain a candidate for adoption.

Every animal, however long they are in our adoption program, is guaranteed a clean, safe, comfortable space, food and water, and medical care. We also provide them with regular enrichment and socialization with our volunteers and staff to ensure physical and mental wellness while they await their forever homes.


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.

As the only animal shelter in Kent County, Maryland, we provide a full range of services, including:
  • Animal Sheltering and Adoption
  • Animal Control
  • Humane Education
  • Trap, Neuter, Release
  • Lost & Found
  • Surrendering/Reclaiming
  • Volunteer Opportunities


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. While we receive about a third of our operating funds from Kent County to provide Animal Control Services, 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.

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