MCPAW’s Mission

MCPAW is the dedicated partner of the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC) and works to provide enhancements and augment funding for the shelter for the benefits of the animals in residence.  MCPAW works to identify and affect the primary reasons that animals end up in shelters and, through special projects and programs, strives to be a catalyst for education and change for the benefit of animals in Montgomery County.

It’s true the MCASAC is primarily funded by Montgomery County government. But the county can’t provide everything. There will be extras that are wanted, even needed. The county has turned to MCPAW to raise the additional dollars required.

Together, we are creating a facility that is housing and caring for the county’s homeless and stray animals while they await new homes or are reunited with their owners. Dogs, cats, small animals like guinea pigs and bunnies, reptiles, birds and even farm animals will all find the second chance they so desperately need.mcpaw_dog_cmyk_sm

MCPAW’s Goals

MCPAW has made a bold goal to ultimately provide FREE spay/neuter services to every pet in Montgomery County. This is key to decreasing the numbers of unwanted animals, so we are working hard to raise the necessary funds to meet this goal. Learn more about our Spay it Forward Program here.

Training on proper care and treatment of animals is another priority for MCPAW. Education of all ages, but especially of children, is the beginning of the end of animal cruelty. That’s why indoor/outdoor classrooms are being filled with child-size veterinary furniture and toy animals as a way to teach proper pet care.

By opening a Pet Food Pantry for residents to receive FREE pet food when needed, MCPAW will assist people keep the pets they might otherwise have to give up. Pet ownership should be affordable, even for Senior Citizens or those facing economic difficulties. No pet should go hungry.

The result of these efforts will be a move toward eliminating euthanasia of all adoptable animals in our county. We know it’s a lofty goal, but we believe that by making these services available, we will begin to address the primary cause of unwanted animals, thereby reducing the influx of animals to shelters. These goals will make life better for the individual animal, for the animal population as a whole, and for the people who love them.

The MCASAC is a Safe Shelter

The MCASAC is run by the Montgomery County Police Department and houses the Police Department’s Animal Services Division. These officers work hard to protect the animals of the county, fielding more than 13,000 calls each year on a range of issues.

The MCASAC is staffed by a group of animal care professionals who utilize best practices to care for all of the animals in the facility. Then they work as a team to turn each of those animals into a pet with a forever home.

MCPAW Honored

MCPAW was selected as the 2013 Potomac Charity of the Year by the Potomac Chamber of Commerce. MCPAW was recognized for its dedication to providing needed funds for the new Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center.

Please Help

Your donation is 100% tax-deductible. A tax receipt will be mailed to you.



MCPAW is a registered 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit organization. 

Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being, Inc. (MCPAW, Tax ID 27-1335331) is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) charitable, tax-exempt organization and is registered with the Maryland Secretary of State to solicit charitable contributions.  Nothing of value was provided in exchange for this contribution. Your donations to MCPAW will be tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.


A copy of MCPAW’s current financial statement is available upon request by contacting MCPAW at 7315 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood, MD 20855. Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of Secretary of State for the cost of copying and postage.