Animal Safe Haven & Adoptions, Inc.

No-kill foster system working to rescue abandoned, homeless, and abused animals from our local MD communities. 
Registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Rescue. EIN # 46-4251348. Established in 2013.

View Our Currently Available Pets for Adoption:

  • We use Petstablished.com for our animal information database, which cross-posts our adoptable animals on Petfinder, AdoptApet, Petsmart Charities, World Animal Foundation, Overstock.com, AllPaws, Family Pet, Purina ONE and many more!! Each adoptable animal has their own page, and included on their page is a bio about them, at least one photo, their basic medical information, date of birth, etc. 
  • We are a foster system, so we do not have a facility that is open set hours. Adoption and foster visits are by appointment only. Once you fill out an adoption application (which is accessible from any of the animals' pages) we will call or email you within 24-48 hours to follow up.
  • If you are interested in doing our Foster-to-Adopt program you will need to fill out an adoption application not a foster application since your long term goal is to adopt - keep in mind Foster-to-Adopt is NOT applicable to any baby animal including kittens and puppies under 6 months old.
  • If you have adopted from ASHA in the past 6 months and your living situation has not changed (no new pets since last adopted from us, same address, etc.) then you may skip a new application and just email us if you're trying to adopt another animal from us. 
  • We do update our listings frequently but feel free to ask us if a particular kitty is still available as some kitties may be posted and adopted within just hours or days and the system does not remove the listing immediately when we change the status. There seems to be a lag between Petstablished.com and the 3rd party websites. So feel free to email us at ashamaryland@gmail.com.
  • We require a $15 Adoption Deposit donation which will be subtracted from the Adoption Fee donation. This deposit should be submitted by the time Adopters schedule their home check video chat, and can be submitted on this page via the red button below or in the DONATE tab of our website. See below for more details.

Adoption Information:

  • Only one application is necessary for multiple interested pets. 
  • The location/addresses of our foster families are given out in confidence to adopters only and only after our adoption application is submitted, reviewed and approved. When completing the adoption we require you have your driver’s license, your animal transport carrier (if you're not purchasing one from us), the adoption fee, and also a copy of your lease agreement/proof of ownership before the adoption takes place.
  • Please be advised that if we do not receive a reply to our Approved Adoption Application email within 48 hours we will move on to the next interested adopter. Tangentially, if you do not let us know, either via phone or email, that you are unable to attend prior to the adoption appointment time and do not show, then we will make no further attempt to contact you. We leave it as your responsibility to follow up about missed appointments. We try to make our adoption process as smooth and painless as possible because these rescued kitties have already had a hard time. Getting adopted shouldn't be a long drawn-out hassle too.
  • We do require a completed and signed Adoption Contract for each and every animal adopted out. To review the requirements in our Adoption Contract for NON-Feral Cats please read our Adoption Contract ahead of time by clicking HERE. Requirements include but are not limited to: 
    • The Adopter acknowledges that as of the date of this Agreement, IF the animal is not spayed or neutered at the time of the adoption, then the Adopter agrees to have the animal spayed or neutered by their own means before (s)he reaches the age of six (6) months, or within thirty (30) days of the time of the adoption. ASHA and/or their vet will have already provided the animal’s age. 
    • The Adopter understands that the animal is believed to be in good health at this time unless otherwise noted. Adopter must take the animal to their vet within one (1) week of adopting the animal for a wellness exam and send ASHA the veterinary exam notes to ashamaryland@gmail.com within twenty four (24) hours of the visit. If the animal dies for any reason other than natural causes in old age, Adopter will notify ASHA within twenty-four (24) hours. 
    • Adopter will not have the animal’s claws removed (de-claw surgery). Mutilation of the animal in this way will result in civil charges and the animal will be removed from the Adopter. As an alternative solution to furniture destruction, Adopter will provide adequate scratching posts, pads, etc and/or utilize a type of safe claw covers (Soft Paws, etc). Adopter will not permanently modify any part of the animal without a veterinary medical necessity including but not limited to ear cropping, tail docking, dental extraction(s) or etc.
    • The Adopter is adopting this animal from ASHA to be a companion animal to the Adopter or their family. The adopter is to be personally responsible for the humane care and control of this pet and will allow ASHA to see the animal by appointment within 48 hours of ASHA’s request to check health and well-being. 
    • Adopter will not abandon or give away the animal to any third party or relinquish it to any other rescue, or dispose of it in any way except to return the adopted animal to ASHA. In the case the Adopter can not or no longer wishes to retain the adopted animal, or if ASHA demands its return for any reason, the Adopter MUST return the animal to ASHA in a prompt manner. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS. If the Adopter must return the animal, Adopter will make no charges of any licensing, food, care, services, or other expenses. 


Our Current Feline Adoption Fees:

  • Kitten & Adolescent Cats (under 1 year): $125

  • Adult Cats (over 1 year): $75

  • Other animal adoption fees vary animal to animal

  • Occasionally we will have other types of animals in our care (dogs, small animals, farm pets) and adoption fees for these animals will be decided based on a percentage of the cost of their care and posted in their bio on Petstablished. 
  • Keep in mind we offer a 15% discount for Police & Military, First Responders, teachers and those on the COVID Healthcare Front Lines. Proof of any of those affiliations is required.  There is also a 15% discount for getting 2 animals (or more) at once! 
  • Save your receipts for tax filing! Donations (including adoption application fees) to ASHA are tax deductible! Adoption fees can be paid via cash, check made out to "Animal Safe Haven", credit/debit card, or via our DONATE tab.

Adoption Process:

Adoption Requirements: The following are a listing of some of our standard requirements for adopting from ASHA. If you have any questions please let us know. 
Adopters must be over 18 years of age. For families living in a rented home, permission to own a pet (or own an additional pet) must be given by the landlord (that includes parent/guardian if adopter lives with parent(s)/ guardian(s)). Not being a legal US citizen is not an immediate red flag, but we do need to ensure that you are here to stay for the long haul and if and when you plan to leave the US (long term) you are able to take the pet with you (long travel can be costly and hard for pets). We do not allow our adopted cats to be declawed, that is an immediate and hard NO. If you know that this is what you want even after understanding the damage it does to the cat then we can point you in the direction of a kitty that is already declawed and in need of a new family. We do not require adopters of small animals or cats to have a back yard or fence or such as roughly 90% of our adoptable cats are indoor only pets - with the exception of the ferals for farms and a handful of indoor/outdoor kitties (these require extra requirements as to your land amount, area and neighborhood). Owning other animals is great! As long as your dog does not have a known issue with attacking cats or small animals (some exclusions apply). We do not require families with children under a certain age to adopt a kitten over a certain age. We will work with you to educate you about the risks of the kitten and young children in the home. Then we provide you with advice about set up in the home and proper, safe introduction between the kid(s) and kitten(s). We do not allow pets to be adopted as gifts. A parent adopting for the family and surprising them is appropriate, but not one person adopting a pet for another person as a gift (surprise or not). If this is your intention we can work with you to still make it a surprise in the end, while still including them in the process. We have done this many times before - just ask us how!

Required Documents: To speed up the adoption application processing time we are requiring adopters send us (when applicable) any current pets (cats and dogs) current vaccine records and proof of spay/neuter. However the requirement on that depends on situations - we don't require dogs in the home to be spayed/neutered if you are adopting a cat. We just want to ensure you are not breeding your pets. We also require you to email us a copy of your lease/rental agreement if you do not own your home. We require this to ensure that you are legally allowed to get a (or another) pet in your home. If you do own, please send us proof of this. If you live with family, friends, or parents please have them send us an email from their account with the agreement that they are allowing you to adopt a pet into the home.

Home Check Video Chat: After the application and the required documents have been submitted, we require a home check where we we ensure that you have all the basic supplies set up in an isolation/introduction room. Upon scheduling, the $15 Adoption Deposit should be paid online and will be substracted from the Adoption Fee donation upon finalizing the adoption. Due to COVID-19 the home check will usually be done via video chat to uphold physical distancing and keep everyone healthy. We can also help answer any additional questions you may have at that time about set up and introduction. Then once all is approved and good to go we will put you in touch with the foster family that has the animal(s) you are interested in so that they can video chat with you and the animal(s) to answer any questions you may have about their personality, preferences, and more. This gives you a chance to meet the animal(s) while keeping everyone safe. If adopters are comfortable with the masked volunteer coming to their home for the home check, this step can be combined with the adoption provided that the home check presents no issues. In this case, the $15 Adoption Deposit should be paid to insure the volunteer's time and effort in bringing the pet to the Adopter. 

Final Step of Adoption: We can do adoptions as physically-distanced as possible. Since COVID we have had adopters come to the foster home of the animal(s) that they are adopting and bring their own transport carrier. In some cases foster families are not yet comfortable with having guests in their homes so the adopter will need to provide the foster with the carrier to put the animal(s) in for transportation from the foster home, while waiting outside to minimize contact. In other cases the foster will bring the foster pet to their adopting family's home and get the animal set up in their new home while completing the adoption contract and fee. In the event of indoor adoptions we ask that everyone involved wear a mask. Each adoption will be a little different then the next, and details for this final step should be discussed before the adoption occurs. We are doing out best to minimize the risk of exposure to everyone. 

We have implemented an online adoption contract to help further minimize unnecessary contact and save paper. This will replace the paper contract that was featured in the adoptable cat’s medical records folder. This enables adopters to complete the adoption contract before the meet and greet & adoption visit if the adopter plans to complete the adoption that day. We will send adopters the adoption contract link once they have been approved and are ready for the next step. If the adopter ends up adopting an additional cat or different cat than they selected on the adoption contract, it can easily be updated on ASHA's end.
The adoption fee can be paid via cash, check or card at the adoption visit or before the adoption visit online. 

Foster-To-Adopt: We only allow adult cats and older kittens (over 6 months of age) to be placed in foster-to-adopt, and only if they do not have any other adoption applications already. It is up to ASHA as to which kitties are moved to new foster (or foster-to-adopt) families. If there are any health concerns or other issues we may decide not to move a certain cat to a new foster or the cat may be ineligible for foster-to-adopt. For more information of fostering or the foster-to-adopt program, check out our Foster page.

Non-Refundable $15 Animal Adoption Deposit: 
Beginning July 24th, 2021, Animal Safe Haven and Adoptions will require adopters to pay a $15 non-refundable Animal Adoption Deposit (this includes foster-to-adopt). The Deposit will count as a $15 credit towards your adoption fee. All fees are considered donations to a non-profit, are tax-deductible, and 100% of these funds go towards animal care.
The $15 deposit is paid via our online DonorBox link located below and is required before meeting the animal to be adopted. 
This fee serves to deter those who have not put serious thought into adopting a pet and would otherwise put our volunteers through all the effort of the adoption screening process and prevent an animal from being available for genuine adopters.
Paying the deposit is in no way a guarantee that you will be approved to adopt an animal through ASHA. All of the same requirements and standards in processing applications still apply as stated on this page.
By submitting an adoption application and required documents you agree to the terms listed above. If you do not adopt through ASHA or your application is rejected, this serves as your notice of the deposit policy.

1st Step of the Adoption Process:

2nd Step of the Adoption Process:

3rd Step of the Adoption Process: 

Schedule your virtual meet and greet Home Check video chat with our volunteer adoption counselor to ensure you are all set up for the new pet!

4th Step of the Adoption Process:

AFTER ADOPTION:

  • We do follow up with adopters to ensure all is going well and we always ask adopters to follow up with us if they have any questions or concerns.
  • Please register your new pet's microchip immediately after adoption is complete via Petstablished - we will send you a link for this.
  • For pets that are under 6 months of age and not yet spayed or neutered it is the adopter's responsibility to get the pet spayed or neutered by six (6) months of age, or three (3) months after date of adoption, whichever comes first, and completely at the adopter's own expense. We require adopters to provide ASHA with a copy of the Certificate of Spaying or Neutering immediately upon completion. This is legally required by our Adoption Contract.
  • If you move, please send us your new address ASAP so we can keep our system up to date.
  • Adopters must contact ASHA immediately if the adopted animal is lost, stolen, or dies.

Adopting Feral & Semi-Friendly Barn & Farm Cats

FREE All Natural Organic Pest Control!


We work mostly with TNR (Trap, Neuter/Spay and RELOCATE) of abandoned, stray and feral cats living in dangerous situations and locations. Living in sewers, on the streets, under bridges, in parking lots, beside highways and in non cat friendly neighborhoods are just some of the places we have rescued kitties from. We trap them using live traps or nets, and then get them much needed vetting - so no more kittens! When trapping cats we find that many times there are just one or two in the area, but most times there is a whole colony of 6-30 cats of various ages. For the kittens that are under about 6 months old we set them up indoors with a foster family, and work to socialize them to be placed in an indoor only forever home. For the older kitties that are set in their ways and not open to trusting people, they are placed at a barn foster until we find a forever farm for them to live the rest of their days out at.


Forever farms do not have any fees for adopting nor the adoption deposit. We require a minimum of 2 cats be relocated together. They may not be bonded, but this way they have a friend and companion that is also new to the area. We have many cats that are full on feral and will only be seen from afar once acclimated and released. But we also have many cats that are semi-friendly and are essentially just outdoor cats. When setting them up we provide a large cage to acclimate them to the area, as well as the initial necessary supplies: Litter box, litter, food, bowls, bedding. After a minimum of 3-4 weeks they are acclimated the kitties can be released from the cages. We then will pick up the cage and any unused supplies you do not wish to keep. Cats are fully vetted, including: tested for FeLV, FIV, treated for intestinal and external parasites, up to date on rabies and FVRCP, spayed/neutered and ear tipped. We can, upon request, microchip the cats. Most cats are FeLV and FIV negative, but we do have a few that are FIV positive and healthy, and still need forever homes too! FIV positive cats can successfully and safely live with other cats! Ask us for more info!


These cats make wonderful rodent, bird and other small pest control for farms, gardens, granaries, barns and any large properties including wineries, warehouses, dry docks, marinas, stables, chicken or cow farms, nurseries, orchards, pet stores. Any place natural pest control is desired. We deliver!! Making it easy on you, we will come to you! Any location in MD, PA, VA, WV or surrounding areas. The farther from the BWI area, the more cats we would prefer to place, as it's more gas mileage and drive time for our non paid volunteers.


Please consider giving a second chance to a kitty that doesn't deserve to live day by day scavenging for scraps and being hunted by nasty people looking to torture them for the fun of it. Many stray, abandoned and feral cats are used for dog fighting bait so saving 2 today gives us the room to pull 2 more off the streets! Email us for more info! ASHAmaryland@gmail.com