The Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter was established and designed to accept and house stray and unwanted dogs and cats of Frederick County. The shelter achieved its state certification in July of 1995. The operation of the shelter is overseen by the director of public works. The goals of the shelter are to provide humane care for the dogs and cats at the shelter, reunite lost pets with their owners, place dogs and cats in new homes, and to educate the public on responsible pet ownership.

Shelter Hours

Monday & Tuesday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday & Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sundays and Holidays

Wild Animal Emergencies

If you know of a wild animal that is injured, stranded, or otherwise in need of help, call Blue Ridge Wildlife at (540) 837-9000. Do not attempt to perform a rescue operation on your own. Wild animals can be unpredictable — especially when they are injured or trapped.


Volunteers are always welcome at the shelter. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Help is needed walking dogs, socializing felines, working as a greeter on Saturdays and during special events. For more information, telephone Holly at (540) 667-9192.

"The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue."
- Anonymous