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Montgomery Animal Services and Adoption Center and FMCA to Hold ‘More to Love’ Fee-Waived Adoptions for Dogs Over 40 Pounds Starting on Valentine’s Day and Continuing Through Feb. 24

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC) is holding a fee-waived adoption event for dogs over 40 pounds starting Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, and running through Friday, Feb. 24. The “More to Love” adoption event is sponsored by Friends of Montgomery County Animals (FMCA).

While small dogs get adopted quickly, often within an hour of being made available for adoption, it is not uncommon for dogs over 40 pounds to wait a month or more for their new homes.

“Some people have misconceptions that bigger dogs are harder to train, require more exercise or need more space,” said Adoption Supervisor Faith Koleszar. “That all really depends on the personality of the dog. Some are hiking buddies and some are couch potatoes. Believe it or not, a big dog can be a great apartment dog—as long as they are getting the care and attention they need. If you come to the adoption center with an open mind, we can find you a great match.”

Adopting a big dog is easy—and even easier during the “More to Love” event with no adoption fees.

The adoption process can be started online by filling out the adoption questionnaire and emailing in the required documents. Adopters may also choose to visit the Adoption Center during open hours to start the process in-person. More information about the adoption process can be found at

Adoptions are first-come, first-served by appointment. Adopters should be prepared to take an animal home at the end of their appointment. Walk-in appointments are subject to counselor availability.

The shelter will be closed Monday, Feb. 20, for Presidents Day.

The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC) is operated by the Office of Animal Services. It provides high standard sheltering and care to the homeless, abused and neglected animals. It is the County’s only open-admission, municipal shelter.

Through adoptions, education, outreach and more, MCASAC serves as a critical community resource to promote and advocate for responsible pet care. Animal Services officers are available seven days a week to investigate complaints and respond to animal emergencies 24 hours a day. For more information, visit

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Release ID: 23-062
Media Contact: Faith Koleszar 202-527-2703
Categories: Animal Services