PAWgress Newsletter July 2017
July 2017 Shelter News
DONATE NOW TO HELP US THROUGH THE FELINE PANLEUK VIRUS
Happy 4th of July! 


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On  July 4 , 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on  July 4th , the USA celebrates it's independence!  Why are we telling you this?  Because the the Humane Society of Charles County (HSCC) is not independent, and we will always be dependent on our community to adopt, support, donate and volunteer to help the injured, sick and abandoned homeless pets.  The HSCC does not rely on any other humane societies or government organization for funds.  We support ourselves by charging adoption fees to cover the vet care, housing and spay/neuters for the pets being adopted.  When the shelter was hit with the Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV) in early June, we had to close the shelter and all adoptions were halted in order to clean and disinfect.  Doing so hit us hard and took a financial toll on our shelter.  Our first and foremost goal was to protect the community, protect the animals within the shelter, and stop the spread of this devastating virus.  As you can imaging, closing a shelter that relies on adoption fees and donations really has an astronomical fall out.

We are slowly picking up the pieces after the FPV.  This disease, unfortunately is unrelenting to the very tiny and young unvaccinated kittens. We rely on kitten fosters to help us during kitten season, however, since some of our fosters experienced kittens with FPV, they are unable to foster young kittens who have not been vaccinated.  We are in need of kitten fosters willing to help us with these itty bitties!  

CAN YOU FOSTER?  If so, please  EMAIL US .  Learn all about fostering, HERE

If you cannot foster, but can donate towards helping us out of our financial shortfall due to FVP, please

Towels, Sheets, Blankets & Food, OH MY!

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We're always in need of old towels, blankets (no fiber filled or fringed) and sheets to help with cleaning and keeping our furry guests comfortable, and as you can imagine, many many mouths to constantly feed, so food is always on our wish list! If you have any of these items you would like to donate, just drop them by any time Monday-Sunday, 12-6 pm, and extended hours on Thursday, 12-8 pm. A tax receipt can and will be furnished upon request.  

We're also always needing food for the many mouths that are waiting for new homes!  


June 2017 Adoptions
It's been a devastating month

June was a very emotional month for our shelter and we experienced heartbreak that no one should ever have to experience.  We lost many tiny kittens to the Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV).  This virus has no mercy for the tiny ones that are too small to vaccinate. 

As we continue to heal, we are reminded that our community is still a great place, and that people are still adopting from the shelter!   We can't thank you enough for adopting!  

83 animals found homes during the month of June.  Given what we have been dealt with, we are looking upward and onward to higher adoption numbers for July!

We hope you will visit to find your next best friend! 

SEE the pets we currently have available for adoption:


CLICK HERE if you would like to donate to help us recover from FPV.

Humane Education Programs

Did you know that the Humane Society of Charles County has a talented group of Humane Educators promoting a kinder world, one child at a time.

2017 SUMMER CAMPS
(Register Now)
FULL DAY CAMPS ($200) 9:00am - 4:00pm

Camp Theme:   ALL THINGS ANIMALS
Camp Date:  July 10-14
Camp Ages:  11-14

Camp Theme:  CRAZY FOR CATS!
Camp Date:  July 24-28
Camp Ages:  7-10

Camp Theme:  DOWN ON THE FARM
Camp Date:  August 7-11
Camp Ages: 8-10

HALF DAY CAMPS ($125) 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Camp Theme:  WAGS TO WHISKERS
Camp Date:  July 17-21
Camp Ages:  4-6 

Camp Theme:  JEEPERS CREEPERS
Camp Date:  July 31-August 4
Camp Ages:  5-7 



Gone to the Dogs -- Campers Delighted to Meet a Gentle Giant!

You never know what you might encounter in our week long summer camps!  During our first summer camp "Gone to the Dogs" held June 26-30, campers were delighted to meet the largest dog they've ever seen, Buster!  This gentle giant, was surrendered to our shelter severely under weight, but still had the most gentle spirit we'd ever seen.  Buster was adopted and provided the necessary care and food he needed, and came back to visit campers during the "Gone to the Dogs" camp.  Buster enjoyed meeting and lounging around with campers and showed campers just how wonderful the bond between humans and dogs can be!  

Our next camp starts July 10-14, and is sure to be just as amazing as the Gone to the Dogs camp.   CLICK HERE to read all about each camp, and REGISTER HERE for any of the upcoming scheduled camps for various age groups.






UPCOMING EVENTS
July Events


We're always adding more events, so click the calendar to keep up to date or follow our Facebook event page  CLICK HERE


2017 "Mutt Madness"

Because we are all about the mutts!!!  

First weekend in October
Charles County Fairgrounds

Save the first weekend for your mutts!  Exciting new games, the fun exciting Lure Chase and agility course, and more, all proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Charles County.  
FREE SPAY/NEUTER for COMMUNITY CATS

Do you have free roaming "community cats" or what people like to call "feral" cats that you see and watch over?  The Humane Society of Charles County has been generously awarded grants from the Petco Foundation and the Snyder Foundation for Animals to help stop the unwanted litters being born every season to these free roaming "community cats."  Read all about the "Friends Forever Community Outreach Trap Neuter Return" program which is available to help spay and neuter these cats free of charge.  Free spay/neuters are just an email or phone call away! 

CLICK HERE for information about FREE SPAY/NEUTERS for Community Cats

KEEPING YOUR PETS HEALTHY
WE CAN HELP
HSCC OFFERS

- LOVABLE PETS FOR ADOPTION

- LOW COST SPAY/NEUTER SERVICES

- LOW COST VACCINE SERVICES

- WELL PET CLINICS

- BOARDING

- CREMATION SERVICES

- BIRTHDAY PARTIES

- EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

- FOSTERING PROGRAMS

- VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

PET SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
(PSA)
July 4th Pet Safety & Summer Tips & Toxins!

We hope that all of our pet friends and family are enjoying the summer.  We just want to remind all of our pet owners to please leave their pets at home if you plan on running errands.  Don't leave pet unattended in vehicles, as the temperature inside vehicles, even with the windows cracked, still become very hot in a matter of minutes!  Summer is a fun time and with July 4th fast approaching, read up on the ASPCA's July 4th Safety tips, as well as summer toxins that could be harmful to pets.   Keep them safe, happy and healthy for many years to come.




 PET NEWS

Dog Days of Summer!

Meet Ash


Ash is a handsome young fellow of only about 1 year old!  Ash was deposited in our HSCC night drop, so we do not know much about him before he entered our shelter.  We do know that Ash is an energetic and goofy boy, who would be a perfect wing man for an active person or family. We can see Ash jogging by your side, walking with you each morning and night, or hanging out playing in a pond somewhere.  How about hiking, we can see Ash hiking a trail and enjoying fresh air and sunshine!  Ash has been introduced to other dogs, and seems to do well with correction, but we see that he's just a puppy and doesn't understand boundaries just yet with other animals.  He'll need a patient person to help him be respectful to others, and we are sure he will understand you just can't be goofy all the time!  At just over 1 year old, this boy should not be in the shelter! He is a "pre-teen" who needs exercise, discipline and structure, something that the shelter environment unfortunately does not provide all of the time.

If you are looking for a good goofy guy, Ash is your man!



Looking at Clara, the first thing you will notice is her gorgeous mesmerizing eyes!  

Clara is another HSCC night drop dog, which means we simply do not know much about her history.  We have estimated Clara to be roughly 1 year old, and we do know that the shelter is just too chaotic for this sensitive girl!  She feeds off of the crazy energy, and would be best being the only dog in the home.

That doesn't mean to say she cannot be shown how to get along with other pets, just that what we have seen in the shelter, it is not the optimal place for her to learn.  

Clara is energetic and has been walked using a gentle leader, where she quickly caught on that you don't walk people, the people walk her!  She's a quick study, and will need someone to help her transition from shelter to home.

If you are looking for a dog to add to your family, consider meeting Clara.


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