TCAS Newsletter
August 2017


Clear the Shelters Adoption Day
This year's nationwide Clear the Shelters adoption event will be held August 19. Over 50,000 pets found their forever homes in 2016, when animal shelters across the country partnered with NBC Owned Television Stations and the Telemundo Station Group. Last year, the Tri-County Animal Shelter adopted 77 animals into loving homes. 

This year, the plan is to adopt out even more animals. TCAS will offer the public no-cost adoptions on Saturday, August 19, as part of the nationwide Clear the Shelters initiative that seeks to find new homes for homeless pets. 

Clear the Shelters helps to address the overcrowding issues that local animal shelters typically experience in the summer months because of spring litters. The nationwide pet adoption drive also offers local families the opportunity to adopt an animal in need by offering no-cost adoptions. 

Billy's Blurb
August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Billy would like to take this opportunity to talk about how important it is to vaccinate your pet. Vaccinations protect your pet from highly contagious and deadly diseases and improve your pet's overall quality of life. 

Talk with your veterinarian to get your pet on a vaccination schedule. No matter how old your pet is, or whether your pet spends most of the time indoors or out, he or she should be vaccinated.
 
A rabies vaccine is just one of the vaccines that your pet needs. Various organizations throughout the counties can provide a rabies vaccine for low cost.  

For more information, please visit the following websites:
Warm Weather Safety

We love our pets so much that we want to take them everywhere with us, but they may be better off at home in a cool, shaded area. 

Never leave pets in cars:
Your vehicle can quickly reach a temperature that puts your pet at risk of serious illness and even death, even on a day that doesn't seem hot to you. And cracking the windows makes no difference. Before you put your pet in the vehicle, ask yourself if you really need to take your pet with you - and if the answer is no, leave your pet safely at home.

Anytime your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from the heat and sun. Provide plenty of fresh, potable water. Your animals should always have access to shade to keep them cool, but what they really want, is to be inside with you.

 

Coming to an area near you!

Looking for your new "best friend?" Stop by to meet the animals available for adoption. We will have dogs, cats, and maybe even a critter or two. Now is a great time to find a new "best friend."

The Tri-County Animal Shelter will be in your neighborhood with animals available for adoption: 
  • August 5: Tractor Supply White Plains from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • August 12: St. Charles Towne Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • August 26: Pet Valu Brandywine from 10:30 a.m. to 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 these 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 Tri-County Animal Shelter has a place for you. The shelter is in need of volunteers, age 14 years old 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.

If you 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.
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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.

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