An Animal Shelter or Shelter for Homeless Animals is a facility where homeless, stray abandoned or unwanted animals are received, harbored, maintained, or made available for adoption to the general public, redemption by their owners or other lawful disposition.
Animal Shelters or Shelter for Homeless Animal are owned, operated or maintained by a duly incorporated humane society, animal welfare society, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, or other organization devoted to the welfare, protection or humane treatment of animals.
Such an establishment is required to obtain a permit from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).
The information on this page is designed to explain the application, regulatory compliance and inspection requirements for the operation of a Shelter for Homeless Animals. This information only encompasses health-related aspects of the regulatory requirements of a Shelter for Homeless Animals, and business users should be aware that reading the information attached and below will be necessary to properly understand the various provisions of DOHMH regulations.