TCAS Newsletter
June 2017
June is Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month!

This June, the Tri-County Animal Shelter will be 
celebrating Adopt A Shelter Cat Month! The adoption fees for cats and kittens will be reduced, in hopes of finding more wonderful fur-ever homes for the great cats here at the shelter. 

The adoption fee for 
Kittens (younger than 1 year)  . . . $50
Adult Cats (1-5 years old)  . . . . . . $20
Seniors (6 years and older) . . . . .   $5

Come on down and find yourself a new family member!
National Best Friends Day is June 8

A best friend truly cares about you, gives you comfort, and makes you smile during the tough times. We all know that our pets do this and more. The Tri-County Animal Shelter will be celebrating this special day by reducing the adoption fee for dogs to $50. (Cat adoption fees are already reduced during June). 

Come out to Tri-County Animal Shelter to find your new Best Friend!

Billy's Blurb
National Pet Preparedness Month

Billy is ready, are you?  Are you prepared in case there is a need to evacuate due to a disaster? Now is the perfect time to put a plan in place and include your animals in that plan. Having a "go bag" ready for your animals will save you critical time. Here are just a few things you should pack in the "go bag".
  • 7 days worth of food/water. Include a food and water bowl
  • Extra collar, harness, leash, blankets, beds, toys and chews
  • Clean up supplies (pet cleaning solution, paper towels, and poop bags)
  • Cat Litter box, litter, litter scoop, and garbage bags
  • Carrier
  • Medications
  • Copies of medical records
  • Contact information for local veterinarians, pet friendly hotels and shelters, and out-of-town family members willing to take in your pets
  • Recent photo of your pet for making lost posters
  • First aid kit with pet-specific supplies
To learn more:
Coming to an area near you!

The Tri-County Animal Shelter will be in your neighborhood with animals available for adoption. 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!"

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  • June 4: Dog Days of Summer Adopt-a-Thon and Beach Party from Noon to 5 p.m.
  • June 10: St. Charles Towne Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • June 17: Pet Valu Brandywine from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
St. Mary's County Government Launches Animal Shelter Survey 

St. Mary's County Government is seeking input from citizens in Charles and St. Mary's counties to determine options regarding a proposed animal shelter.

Citizens and interested stakeholders can go to to take part in a special online animal shelter survey. Responses will be used to develop plans and decide next steps in the process.

Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifiable participant information (i.e. name, address, phone number, etc.) will be collected.
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, ages 14 years old and over, 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.
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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