TCAS Newsletter
December 2017
Homes 4 the Holidays
Friday, Dec. 1-Sunday, Dec. 30
The Tri-County Animal Shelter (TCAS) is excited to be participating in this annual event. During the month of December, the shelter is reducing the adoption fees:  $100 for dogs and $10 for cats.

This holiday adoption drive saves the lives of orphan pets, and raises awareness about the importance of pet adoption. Why? More families bring a new pet home during the holiday season than at any other time of the year.

Help our animals find the forever home they deserve.

Billy's Blurb
Pets as Gifts 

Billy says: "You may think that giving an animal as a gift is a good idea, but... pets are a huge responsibility. Pets are a long-term commitment of time, money, and energy that may exceed the recipient's abilities. A successful adoption requires time and thought." 

Give a SHELTER Gift Certificate Instead
TCAS gift certificates are available for use throughout the year. Pair the gift certificate with a gift basket of pet-related items such as a leash and collar, toys, treats, bedding, and food. You can also include books or videos about training and living with a companion animal. 
Giving a gift certificate gives the adopter an opportunity to meet a few animals before making the right match for their family.
Coming to an Area Near You!
Santa is Coming to Town

The Tri-County Animal Shelter will be visiting with Santa at the
St. Charles Towne Center in Waldorf. St. Charles Towne Center is hosting many Santa-themed events during the month. Bring your family to enjoy breakfast, listen to Santa tell stories, or even bring your pet to ha
ve its photo taken with Santa.  Preregistration with
St. Charles Towne Center is required.
  • December 2: Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
  • December 10: Pet Photo Night from 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • December 15: Storytime with Santa from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
If you can't make it to St. Charles Towne Center, we will also be at other locations. Stop by to meet animals available for adoption. We will have dogs, cats, and maybe even a critter or two.
  • December 2: Tractor Supply White Plains from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • December 8: Pet Valu Brandywine Holiday Evening Party from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • December 9: Pet Valu Brandywine Holiday Party from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • December 9: St. Charles Towne Center, Waldorf from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • December 16: Pet Valu Brandywine from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
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FREE Spay/Neuter Clinics

Are you income disadvantaged and own pets? Some residents that live in specific areas of the county qualify for free altering of their pets. From Chihuahuas to Pitbulls, friendly cats and feral cats; all could be eligible for this excellent opportunity. Call the clinics listed below to see if you qualify.
Paw Prints Animal Hospital 301-885-0263
Humane Society of Charles County 301-645-8181
Still want to get your pet altered but don't qualify for the income disadvantaged program? Call one of the clinics listed below to discuss fees, and schedule your appointment today.  Spaying and neutering saves lives. Do your part and get your pet altered!  
Spay/Neuter Clinics
  • Calvert Well Pet Clinic 443-295-7873
  • Southern MD Spay and Neuter, Inc. (SPOT) (Calvert Residents Only) 410-562-6516
  • Humane Society of Charles County 301-645-8181
  • Paw Prints Animal Hospital 301-885-0263  
  • The Well Pet Clinic 301-866-0303
  • The Spay Spot 301-254-8151 
Visit these sites to learn more:
Volunteer Help is Always Needed

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to volunteer in your community, the shelter has a place for you. The shelter is in need of volunteers, age 14 and older, to assist with caring for the many animals in our facility. 

There are several volunteer duties offered, including walking shelter dogs, spending time with the cats, taking photos of adoptable pets, general housekeeping, washing dishes and toys, cleaning kennels, and assisting with laundry. 

You can volunteer as little or as much as you would like. Volunteers must submit required volunteer forms, which can be completed at the shelter.

Can't come to the shelter but still want to help out?
Consider coming  to our adoption days in the community. The shelter staff will have animals available for adoption at various locations throughout the region, possibly in your neighborhood. Come help get an animal adopted. Give the shelter a call to see if we will be in a neighborhood near you.
Tags and Licensing Are Required

Keep identification tags on your pet ... it could be your pets ticket to get back home. Both dogs and cats need ID. Be sure your animals wear a collar with an ID tag, a county license, and rabies tag. Also, don't forget to microchip your animal. Keep your personal information with the microchip company up to date. These identifiers could help your neighbor return your animal to you instead of taking him to the animal shelter. 

Dogs in Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary's Counties must have a county license. Cats in Charles and Calvert Counties also require a county license. 

To obtain a pet license you must have a current rabies vaccine for your pet.

Information on Licensing Your Pet

Guidelines for Responsible
Pet Ownership

The Tri-County Animal Shelter is located at 6707 Animal Shelter Road in Hughesville. Shelter staff can be reached at 301-932-1713 or 800-903-1992. 

View animals available for adoption at:

Adoption hours are Monday-Friday, Noon to 5 p.m. and  Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
About Charles County Government
The mission of Charles County Government is to provide our citizens the highest quality service possible in a timely, efficient and courteous manner. To achieve this goal, our government must be operated in an open and accessible atmosphere, be based on comprehensive long- and short-term planning and have an appropriate managerial organization tempered by fiscal responsibility. We support and encourage efforts to grow a diverse workplace. Charles County is a place where all people thrive and businesses grow and prosper; where the preservation of our heritage and environment is paramount; where government services to its citizens are provided at the highest level of excellence; and where the quality of life is the best in the nation.

It is the policy of Charles County to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religious or political affiliation or opinion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other status protected by law.

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