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Ready to search for your new family addition? Choose from our selection of available cats or dogs. A new friend awaits.


Love animals and want to get involved? The more fosters and volunteers that we are able to recruit, the more animals we can save. Make a difference in an animal’s life.


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  • While we're not getting "the monster storm," it's still too cold & miserable for pets to be left outside. Please, make sure they're inside, warm with you!

  • PRECIOUS PINEAPPLE! Pineapple is a friendly, 30lb, "Pocket Pit." He loves romping in the yard with other dogs, chasing balls & snuggling with his human. He greets everyone with a wagging tail & is sure to make you smile with his sweet, somewhat silly, personality. For information on making him part of your family, please visit

  • Laid back and affectionate, Cleocatra was recently rescued from a rural shelter where she'd been since late July! She came to the shelter with her two kittens who were adopted. A shelter favorite, Cleocatra is super sweet and such a lovely young lady. She is not yet one year old. Cleocatra has gorgeous green eyes - her left eye has an external ulcer which is not hurting or affecting her in any way. Cleocatra adores being held and will stay in your arms or lap as long as you will let her. Such a wonderful kitty! For unconditional love and non-stop purring, check out Cleocatra at

  • ADORABLE ALEX! Alex is a 5-6 month old Hound/Shepherd mix who loves everyone. He's a well-mannered pup & an all around great boy. He'll make a fabulous addition to most any family....could it be yours? For more information, please visit

  • FOSTERS NEEDED! Bert & Ernie are approximately 4 month old Doxie mixes in need of a foster or forever home. Their foster had a family emergency so we need to move them as soon as possible. Both are super sweet & coming along with their house training. They're great with other dogs & adore kids. If you can help one (or both), please email Kim at

  • ADOPTION UPDATE: Huck, now Max, adopted from PetConnect in November 2013, is doing great. Such a handsome boy! Here are his "Then & Now" pictures!

  • PetConnect alumnus, Buford, & his mom made the Washington Post!

    Considering a pet? Make your rental fit for four legs first
    When bringing a new pet home to a rental — particularly a puppy, kitten or a rescue from a shelter — be prepared to make some adjustments. There’s more to making sure the transition goes smoothly than, say, just finding a building that says yes to pets.
  • BEAUTIFUL, PLAYFUL & SMART! Five year old Dazey is a cat who will talk, listen, and respond. She understands the meaning of the game of "soccer." She would love to find a family of her own to play & snuggle up with. For information on making her part of your family, please visit our website.

    Watch her play:

    Dazey playing!

  • ADOPTION UPDATE: Cupcake is doing great! She loves the snow according to her mom, but from the pictures, it looks like she's not sure about her shoes :)

  • Please note, tomorrow's cat adoption event at the Frederick Pet Valu has been cancelled due to weather.

  • LOOKING FOR A FAMILY FRIENDLY PUP? Meet Riley, a 9-10 month old Boxer/Terrier mix. Riley is great with other dogs & adores kids. He's a happy boy who greets everyone with a wagging tail. For more information on making this fabulous boy part of your family, please visit

  • Boo and Max (renamed Vito) are beside themselves they are so happy in their new home! Their mom tells us: " We are so in love with them its ridiculous. They have settled in very nicely and play like crazy, eat like lions, and sleep curled up next to each other."

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We want to thank Greta Van Susteren for all of her support throughout the years! From the beginning until now, we are so grateful to her for her generosity and kindness.
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Muddy Paws Farm – A Rescue Center for Dogs in Mt. Airy, MD


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Muddy Paws Farm is PetConnect Rescue’s refuge for homeless dogs on their path to new, loving forever homes. This transitional residence is a beautiful 5 acre property located in Mt Airy, MD. The facility has been in operation since 2010 and is currently a way station for some of our dogs arriving from shelters. A resident caretaker oversees the home, the property, and care of the dogs, essentially creating a hybrid between a temporary shelter and large, loving foster home situation.

In addition to giving animals a temporary home, Muddy Paws serves as a site for adoption and fundraising events, as well as small community gatherings. It is also a location for volunteers to interact directly with our rescued dogs and learn new training and socialization techniques. Donated items such as leashes, collars, food, bedding and crates are kept here, giving adoption coordinators and foster families a centralized location for obtaining supplies.

We are excited about the volunteer opportunities at Muddy Paws. We invite and encourage our wonderful volunteers to consider committing to a regular schedule, such as once a week or twice a month visits.

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Cat of the Month – Nija!

Meet Nija! – Sweet Nija was brought to a shelter as a “stray” along with her 7 kittens, but she obviously owned
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Dog of the Month – Hank!

Meet Hank! – Hank is an approximately 6 year old, 50lb, Foxhound. If you are looking for a sweet, well-mannered boy who
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We Need Your Help!

We are always in the need of gently used or new supply items for our dogs and cats.  Below is a brief
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