It is the Mission of the Humane Society of Charles County to provide shelter and care for homeless, injured and neglected animals through adoption, fostering, community partnerships, education and affordable spay-neuter and vaccine services.
In 1975 a small group of community volunteers realized that the existing county animal shelter was not able to save those animals most in need and so conceived of an organization committed to the protection of injured, neglected and abused animals that might otherwise perish without intervention. These selfless volunteers became The Humane Society of Charles County and set up shop in a garage. Incorporated in August 1979 the Humane Society of Charles County was created based on a deep respect for all life, animal and human. From the beginning we have held, and still hold, a deep commitment to care for animals and serve the community by offering love, support and safety to the animals and treating everyone with dignity and respect. The Humane Society of Charles County employees, volunteers and Board members share a common passion for ensuring that animals in our care and those needing our care are given every opportunity to thrive and find a loving home.
The population of Charles County at the time of our incorporation was 72,751 and the number of animals we were able to care for were in single digits. Today our county's population has more than doubled and the number of homeless, injured, and neglected animals needing our care has increased more than anyone could have imagined. Since our humble start in a garage, we have created an infrastructure that includes a Kennel and Clinic providing onsite care, partnerships with other animal welfare groups and volunteer foster families that has increased our ability to house and care for animals more than 20 times as many as when we started. We will get better over time with support from our community and continued commitment to our core values of love, support and care for the animals, dignity, respect for all and selfless service to our community.
While we have increased our capacity to house and care for homeless, injured, and neglected animals over the years we have not kept pace with needs of the community. As an open admission shelter, today we do not have enough onsite space to house all the animals that come into our shelter. We do not have an isolation care unit that would allow us to safely quarantine highly infectious animals, putting at risk healthy animals and denying an opportunity to treat those sick animals that may be resilient enough to beat the odds with dedicated affordable care. We operate on a narrow margin, often at a loss, and rely on a variety of grants and donations to sustain community services to include low and no cost spay-neuter programs benefitting those in need, and must rely on high cost outside treatment options for acute care cases.
In light of these challenges, over the last two years we have aggressively pursued ways to better support the community by increasing Humane Education programs that include agricultural, domestic and wildlife education. We are developing plans to increase our capacity to care for animals, improve community awareness and engagement on humane treatment of animals and on dog and cat population management. We are seeking to expand our facilities to achieve these goals. In this endeavor we are fortunate to have visionary partners such as the St Charles Business Park Association who has leased land to the HSCC at a monumentally discounted rate so that we can proceed with a plan to create a community dog park, an isolation care unit and expand our existing facility that will more than double our current onsite capacity to house homeless, injured, and neglected animals.
A critical part to successfully realizing our goals of increasing capacity to care for homeless, injured, and neglected animals and improve service to our community is greater involvement by those people we serve. Donations of time, labor, money, equipment and skilled services help enhance our ability to provide improved quality of life to animals in our care and contribute to a healthy and happy community. Please consider donating to the animals in our care and help defray our daily operating costs. Moreover, please help us build our isolation care unit, our dog park and expand our facility so that we may provide the best quality of care for all animals entrusted to us and reduce the number of animals we must transfer.
You can make a difference by expanding our capacity to care for those unable to care for themselves.