Several resources, such as Data.Maryland.gov, exist to identify animal shelters and rescue organizations throughout Maryland. While some shelters are funded by municipalities and the state, many operate as private non-profit groups, and different listings exist for both.
The Data.Maryland.gov information portal provides a list of shelters and animal control departments affiliated with the Maryland Department of Agriculture, including their addresses, contact information and operating hours. Adoptapet.com offers its own search function that lists rescues, foster groups and shelters based on proximity to a ZIP code or location, including hundreds located in Maryland alone. TheShelterPetProject.org similarly lists nearby shelters by ZIP code. Both websites provide contact information and also allow users to access current listings of adoptable pets posted by the shelters.