TCAS Newsletter
March 2018
St. Catrick's Day is March 17
On this special day, all cat adoption fees will be reduced to $3, and all kitten fees to $17. Come in and find your furry match. You and your new friend will both feel lucky!

Billy's Blurb
National Pet Sitters Week is March 1-7

Billy wants to give you some tips and advice for your pets, when you are leaving them to go on vacation.
  • Leave copies of medical records (current rabies vaccination/county license)
  • Instructions for food/medical needs/care
  • Owner contact information (cell phone numbers)
  • Letter giving pet sitter permission to reclaim pet in their absence
  • Emergency cash (all places will not accept cards/checks without ID)
Don't forget to thank your pet sitter for taking good care of your family member while you were away!
March 1-31 is Paws to Read Month

Come give the shelter pups some extra love and enrichment by reading to them. Bring your favorite book or read one of ours. You can visit the animals Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
National Animal Poison Prevention Week
March 18-24 is dedicated to reminding us of the importance of preventing poisoning. Pets can be curious, which can sometimes get them into trouble. With a few simple steps, you can reduce the chances that your pet may get into a toxic substance. 

Remember to keep harmful substances out of paws reach.

To learn more about what types of items can be harmful to your pet:
Coming to an Area Near You!
The Tri-County Animal Shelter will have animals available for adoption at the St. Charles Towne Center in Waldorf on March 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will have dogs, cats, and maybe even a critter or two.

For more information, "like" us on Facebook.
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.
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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