Humane Society of Charles County 
PAWgress Newsletter # 6
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October 9, 2016

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Summer Cash Raffle
1st Prize $500
2nd Prize $300
3rd Prize $200
3 runner ups $100 each


Don't miss out on a fun filled week of "Animal Safari Camp" for campers aged 4-5.  Camp is held Monday-Friday - June 20-24th and each day will be a new safari adventure.  

For more information, please email

Become an advocate for the "Bully Breed."  

How many times do you hear something negative about a "bully breed" dog? Would you like to be part of a growing rescue within our shelter to advocate for the "bully breeds"? We are looking for fosters who will work with trainers, foster a bully breed dog and be their voice to help the "bully breed" become a true bully ambassador!"  

For more information, please email
May Pet Adoptions

We thank you for choosing adoption! In the month of May, 130 pets from the Humane Society of Charles County found their way to a new home!

"Personal Enrichment Classes" presented by HSCC

Thinking of adding a pet to your family in the near future?  
HSCC now offers a Pet Parenting Workshop at the College of Southern Maryland. 

The workshop will help you explore the joys and challenges of having a pet by discovering the perfect pet for your lifestyle and personality.  Create pet responsibility charts, get your home ready for all the members of your family, as well as explore some of the myths that surround pets. Basic pet care for different types of pets will also be discussed as well as some training tips and veterinarian care.  

Enroll now by visiting the College of Southern Maryland "Personal Enrichment" section and click Animals.
Summer Camps
Register while it's hot!

Keep the youngsters busy this summer by enrolling them in one of our fun filled animal themed summer camps!   Camps for all ages 4-13 with a new camp theme each week! 
Upcoming HSCC Events

June 4th -- Boston's Restaurant "Yappy Hour" 11:00 - 4:00 pm
June 4th -- Volunteer Orientation 2:00 - 4:00 pm 
June 5th -- YogAdoptables Yoga Class with furry guests
June 5th -- BINGO at Waldorf Jaycees
June 11th -- Chico's Shopping Fundraiser
June 12th -- YogAdoptables Yoga Class with furry guests
June 20-24th -- "Animal Safari Camp" Campers Age 4-5
June 24th -- CommUNITY Day
June 27th -- MD Blue Crabs "Bark in the Park" 

Pet Therapy & Paws-To-Read Programs

Mary Cerniglia-Mosher
current Pet Therapy and Paws-to-Read Program Director, Anita Bowie-Marsh, is retiring. Anita is moving from the area, but wanted to make sure that these valuable programs had a new Director to continue the valuable therapeutic community service they offer. We'd like to introduce to you the new incoming Director, Mary Cerniglia-Mosher. 

M ary cares deeply about all animals and the value and impact of the animal/human bond.   Mary has adopted several rescue dogs, cats, ferrets and is currently fostering for the shelter.  Mary and her dog Cuddles have been involved in the Paws-to-Read Program at the Charles County Public Libraries for quite some time now and is enthusiastic about taking her passion and making the two programs grow.  Mary has a wealth of knowledge about feral cats and wildlife and will be helping with the Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) Program.  Mary currently resides in the Southern Maryland area with her husband James.  Mary recently retired from the Federal Government, and is extremely excited to be heading up these two programs.  

Please join us in welcoming Mary to the HSCC volunteer team.
Mary will be contacting pet owners that have expressed an interest in theses two programs. If you are interested in participating in the Pet Therapy and Paws-To-Read Programs, we'd love to hear from you.  You can email any questions you might have or to inquire about how to join the team. 

We'd like to introduce Joe Ruffalo who has been volunteering since 2007 in the Pet Therapy and Paws-To-Read Programs.  Joe and his dogs, Gus and Lilly do pet visits at Genesis Elder Care in La Plata, and the Charleston Senior Community located in Waldorf.  Joe also volunteers for the Paws-To-Read Program at the Charles County Public Library located in La Plata.  Joe lives in the Southern Maryland area with his wife Linda. He retired as a 20-year Air Force veteran in 1999, and currently works at the 
National Airport Fire Department.  Thank you Joe, Gus, and Lilly for your dedication to these valuable programs which brings such happiness to the residents of Southern Maryland. We are extremely grateful for all you do!

If you would like more information on these programs, please CLICK HERE to read about the Paws-To-Read or Pet Therapy Programs. 

We would love for you to get involved. Please send an  email  with any questions you might have.  

A huge Thank You to some of our local businesses that participated in fundraisers this past April.  
McDonald's "McCafe for a Cause" raised over $550.00 at 3 participating local area McDonald's: 109 Drury Drive, La Plata, 6385 Crain Hwy, La Plata and 3000 Crain Hwy Waldorf, MD.  
O ur friends at Petco in Waldorf, MD worked their magic and raised $717.25 for the shelter through the "Petco Foundation" fundraising drive. 
We appreciative all of our dedicated and gracious community businesses for helping the homeless pets. 
Every tiny bit helps our shelter protect, care, feed and house the homeless pets in our community.