PAWgress Newsletter January 2017
January 2017 Shelter News
Welcome 2017
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.
We couldn't have done it without you. In 2016, 1625 animals found new homes, and we reunited 278 animals with their owners.  Without your generous donations of money, goods and time we would not have been able to do this, and for that we are forever grateful to you.  As we enter into 2017 we expect our shelter to help even more animals and we humbly ask you to continue helping us throughout the year.  Please consider volunteering, or donating to help us continue our mission.  If you are considering adding a pet to your home, please read the article below, and consider adopting from our shelter or a local rescue.
Please adopt -- and here is why from the ASPCA  - Too Many People Are Still Not Adopting Animals

December Adoption Numbers

In December, 154 pets were adopted into loving homes!  We would like to thank you so much for adopting from the Humane Society of Charles County.
Please spread the word about adoption and how it helps save the lives of many homeless pets.  We wish you and your new pet a happy, warm, safe and wonderful New Year!  

CLICK HERE to see all of our shelter statistics.  

Petco Foundation $20,000 Grant for "Trap Neuter Return Community Outreach Program"

We are delighted to share the news that the Humane Society of Charles County was selected by the Petco Foundation to receive a grant for $20,000 to help the "Friends Forever Community Outreach Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) Program" save more lives! If you have free roaming community or "feral" cats living near you, we can help you trap them humanely, spay and/or neuter them to help stop the overpopulation of these animals, provide them a rabies vaccine, and ear tip, and then return them back to the area they came from.  

CLICK HERE to read all about the program and how you can help these cats.

According to our Network partner Best Friends,  "each year, millions of dogs and cats are killed in our nation's shelters. But it doesn't have to be that way. An estimated 17 million people will add a new pet to their families this year. If more of them would choose to adopt a pet, instead of buying one, we could reduce the number of animals killed in shelters significantly."

Reasons to adopt a pet:
  • You will save a life.
  • If you adopt an adult pet, there's a possibility you can avoid some of the hassles related to house-training and teething, which are associated with puppies and kittens. Of course, if you prefer a puppy or kitten, rescue groups and shelters have plenty of those available as well.
  • You'll save money because adoption costs less than buying an animal from a pet shop or breeder.
  • Perfectly "perfect" animals of all breeds, shapes, ages and sizes are available at shelters and rescue groups. Just because an animal ends up there doesn't mean there is anything wrong with them. They are just in need of a second chance.
  • You just might meet your best friend."

Start your adoption search now for cats, for dogs and for small animals.


The Humane Society of Charles County, in an effort to improve the quality of life for those animals under our care and to better support and serve our community, has undertaken several improvement projects.  One of these is the St Charles HSCC Bark Park, a community dog park that will include a nature trail, an enclosed play area, pet washing station, humane education information stations, a pet exercise station and a community pavilion.  We are fortunate to have a visionary partner in this endeavor, the St Charles Business Park Association.  The Association has generously leased land to the Humane Society at a monumentally discounted rate.  Moreover, the Humane Society of Charles County's Board of Directors have paid the lease on behalf of the Humane Society and we have several community focused and dedicated volunteers helping with the Bark Park. We plan to have a ribbon cutting ceremony in May 2017 to commemorate the critical first step of completing the nature trail and humane education information stations. Stay tuned for more updates.
Fostering a Kind and
Compassionate Future

Did you know that the Humane Education Department at HSCC educates more then 12,000 people each year? The mighty team of 6 educators offers over 27 different humane and environmental programs to all community organizations, from pet safety and foster kittens to bats, black bears and worms. At each educational program, our HSCC educators provide educational handouts and work with children by doing activities to enhance their understanding of presentation topics. Programs are continually enhanced with updated props, specimens, books and videos, in addition to growing the list of programs offered. Through these programs children teenagers learn respect for all life in order to foster a kind and compassionate future.













Did you know that the Waldorf Jaycee Community Center in Waldorf, Maryland supports the Humane Society of Charles County by hosting Bingo Fundraisers?  The Jaycees will provide a generous donation to the shelter when the shelter provides volunteers to help sell Bingo Cards and Specials throughout the night.  The next Bingo Game will be held on Sunday, February 5, from 6:00 pm to approximately 10:30 pm.    

If you can volunteer, please email Lori by CLICKING HERE, and confirm your volunteer spot.  We truly appreciate your help and time to help us care for the homeless pets.


Welcome our newly elected 2017-2018 HSCC Board of Directors 


Our Board brings a wealth of managerial experience, grant writing skills, fundraising knowledge, human resource expertise, animal welfare knowledge and a true love of animals to HSCC.

   President, Ginny Crane
   Vice-President, Bob Inscore
   Treasurer, Donna Cave
   Secretary, Sabrina Hatfield
   Member at Large, Anne Gardiner
   Member at Large, Anita Marsh
   Member at Large, Lyn Cianflocco
   Member at Large, Joanne Farrin
   Member at Large, Bonnie Morris
   Member at Large, Mary Cerniglia-Mosher
   Member at Large, Stacey Gardiner
   Member at Large, Sandy Pappaianni

Little Tusk started out homeless, hungry and alone.  He's now enjoying warmth and being fed, but he'd love to be a part of a family.  Little Tusk is a domestic shorthair orange tiger and is approximately less than 2 months young! If Little Tusk is too young and kittenish for you, we have so many other older cats in need of loving homes.  Please stop by any day at 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm with extended hours until 8:00 pm on Thursdays. 

ADOPT a homeless pet.
If you cannot adopt, FOSTER.
If you cannot foster, DONATE.
If you cannot donate, VOLUNTEER.  

We picked Maple up from our friends at VCA after she had been struck by a car. Maple needed a place to recuperate while she healed from her injuries and a wonderful foster family allowed Maple the time she needed to heal and rest and regain her strength. Her foster family can attest to the fact that Maple is as sweet as her name.  She loves everyone she meets and is very respectful, and has the most loving disposition.  She has been around children, other dogs and cats, and seems to do well in all situations. Maple is estimated to be roughly 4 years young and enjoys her new sweater. 

Top Dog logo
"Bow Wow & Meow Gala"
Save The Date
March 24, 2017

We will be hosting another exciting "Top Dog Bow Wow & Meow Gala" to be held on March 24th, 2017,  at the Waldorf Jaycee Community Center.  We're pulling out all of the stops this year to bring you a spectacular evening of fun, food and fantastic memories! Keep your nose to the ground for further information coming soon!  
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