TCAS Newsletter
July 2017
Maryland 2000

The Tri-County Animal Shelter (TCAS) will receive over 500 cats and kittens during the month of July. Most of these cats and kittens are looking for a new home. TCAS has joined other shelters throughout Maryland to adopt out more cats than ever before. The goal for all the shelters participating is to find homes for 2,000 cats or more. 

For this special promotion, all adoption fees will be waived for the cats and kittens during the entire month. Come adopt and save a life!
July 15 Is National Pet Fire Safety Day

Did you know approximately 500,000 pets are affected by fires each year? Over 700 fires a year are accidentally started by pets. Keep your four-legged family members safe.

Here are just a few tips:
  • Keep all electrical cords and wires away from your pets.
  • Use flameless candles. Never leave pets unattended in the presence of an open flame.
  • If your pet is tall enough to reach the stove knobs, remove them so they are not accidentally turned on. 
  • If a fire does start, let firemen know that you have pets inside by ordering a free window cling for your pets at ASPCA.
  For more info on Pet Fire Safety visit  Red Cross  and  NFPA .

Billy's Blurb
Fourth of July Safety

I, Billy, just love all my new visitors that come to see me, the day after the fourth of July. However, I would like to share with you that each year, the shelter gets more lost reports that day than any other day of the year! Many people don't realize how stressful this holiday can be for pets. With all the loud noises and unfamiliar people, pets can get scared and run away. 

Keep your pets safe by keeping them home away from all the fireworks, noise, and crowds.  Learn more online at the ASPCA and the HSUS .
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: 
  • July 1: Tractor Supply White Plains from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • July 8: St. Charles Towne Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • July 15: Pet Valu Brandywine from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Like us on  Facebook  for more information.
National Mutt Day is July 31 

Come on out to the shelter on July 31 from Noon to 5 p.m. for reduced adoption fees on all our marvelous mutts! The fees will be reduced from $125 to just $100. 

Come find yourself an amazing mutt to add to your family.
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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