Adopt a Shelter Pet Frederick MD

Why Does Our County Animal Shelter Need Friends?

As an open-admission animal shelter, Frederick County Animal Control & Pet Adoption Center (FCAC) accepts every animal brought through its doors.

In FY2015, FCAC took in more than 4,500 animals. Of those, the shelter was able to save about 60%, ultimately placing them with adopters or rescue organizations.

What about the other 40%?

The Frederick County Government funds FCAC sufficiently to allow for a basic level of care for homeless pets. But many of the animals who find themselves at the shelter need more than just basic care. They are sick or injured, very young or very old, or have behavioral challenges due to a lack of prior training or socialization. Essentially, FCAC has charge of animals in our county who have been let down by every human they've known. Often, though not always, the shelter has no choice but to humanely euthanize such animals.

Shelter staff have the expertise and the compassion to save the other 40%—the pets whose needs go beyond basic care.

But FCAC lacks the resources to do this and, as a county agency, the shelter is not allowed to solicit donations on its own behalf. That's where Frederick Friends of Our County Animal Shelter (FFOCAS) comes in.


Our mission is to support and facilitate FCAC's lifesaving work by providing the resources to:

  • treat and rehabilitate animals with medical and behavioral needs who might otherwise have to be humanely euthanized;
  • enrich the shelter environment and reduce the amount of time any animal stays in the shelter, minimizing the chance for new behavior or health problems to develop;
  • recruit volunteers and foster care providers who are able to work with special needs animals;
  • reduce the homeless pet population by supporting and facilitating the spaying and neutering of companion animals; and
  • help families keep the pets they have by providing the resources to help them resolve common behavior problems and find pet-friendly housing.

Board Members and Officers

  • Bette Stallman Brown, President and Chair of the Board
  • Erin E. Riley, Vice President and Board Member
  • Doree Lynn Miles, Treasurer and Board Member
  • Jaime McKay, Board Member
  • Kate Luse, Board Member
  • Eugenia (Tiny) Ropp, Board Member
  • Debbie Schran, Board Member

Annual Reports