TCAS Newsletter
May 2017
May is National Chip Your Pet Month

All pets should wear a collar and tags, but only a microchip is permanent identification that cannot fall off or be removed. Providing your pets with both a tag and a microchip can help ensure that your animal is returned to you. Studies show that lost dogs with a microchip are 2.5 times more likely to be returned to their owners than dogs without chips; cats with microchips are 20 times more likely to be returned to their owners. If your pet gets lost, they are more likely to find their way back home, if they have a microchip, and are also wearing their collar with tags. Once your animal is microchipped, don't forget that it is crucial to register your pet's microchip and keep the information current.

During the month of May, bring your cat or dog to the Tri-County Animal Shelter and get a chip for just $10. Cats and dogs must be leashed or in a carrier.

For more information on microchipping:
Cinco De Meow O!

Come celebrate May 5th by taking home a new feline friend. All adult cats (over one-year-old) are just $5 and kittens are $50! To continue the fun, we are extending this celebration through May 6th. 

It's the purr-fect excuse to visit the shelter and support the animals!

Billy's Blurb
Pets Are AWESOME and  May is National Pet Month!

I know the benefits of being someone's pet. Just look at all the people who care about me!
I am telling you that pets enrich your lives every day; from helping to lower blood pressure to enhancing your social skills, pets play an important role in your life. 

Everyone should enjoy these benefits. Please consider opening your home to a furry friend, and feel the love! Come adopt and give a homeless animal a home. 
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!"
May 20: Pet Valu Brandywine from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
May 20: PetSmart Waldorf from Noon to 2 p.m.
Spay/Neuter Clinics

Every year thousands of animals find their way to the Tri-County Animal Shelter. If responsible owners spayed or neutered their pet, these offspring would never come into the shelter.

Getting your pet altered can reduce the number of homeless pets killed each year; improve your pet's health, reduce unruly behavior, and save on the cost of pet care. 

If you think you can't afford to have your pet altered? Think again. The tri-county area has low cost spay/neuter clinics in each county; some even offer it for free. 

Call one of the clinics listed below to discuss fees and schedule your appointment today! 
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
  • Waldorf Well Pet Clinic 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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