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Mission and History
The Humane Society of Charles County has the dual mission of promoting the humane treatment of animals and of fostering a respect for all life, both animal and human.
The Humane Society had only 25 members and less then $100 when it began in 1978. Our one objective was to rescue dogs and cats hit by cars. Through the years, we have grown to over 1,700 families strong. Our services have greatly expanded and we are now able to shelter rehabilitate and adopt rescued animals in our modern facility on Industrial Park Dr. in St. Charles. In 1989, we expanded our dog run area from 10 to 24 runs, and in 1995, we added a larger cat area, a quarantine room with additional dog runs and cat cages, and a multi-purpose/humane education room. In March 1998, we began spaying and neutering all animals before adoption in our own spay/neuter clinic.
Our Services include:
Providing emergency veterinary care and rehabilitative care to injured or abused animals.
Accepting all animals brought to us and operating our own shelter and adoption center.
Sales of Charles County dog licenses.
Sponsoring low cost rabies vaccine and microchip clinics for dogs, cats, and ferrets.
Spaying/neutering of all pets before adoption and low cost surgeries for the public.
Offering human and environmental education programs to schools and other groups.
Sponsoring a Junior Volunteer program for students ages 14 and up, enabling them to earn required community service hours for high school graduation.
Offering lost/found and information/assistance service to the public.
There are so many ways to help the animals!
Of course, we are grateful for donations, but did you know? You can volunteer to help our furry, homeless pets?
Many people find that volunteering their time is a very fulfilling way to contribute to their community. Our volunteer program is very active. We depend heavily on our volunteers, whether it be long or short term, a couple of hours a day, a week, a month, or a year. Our volunteers are involved in everything we do, from caring for the animals to working at our events...Yard Sales, Craft Fairs, Bingo, and many others! Other volunteers type letters, perform repairs on our building, provide printing services, and even come in just to walk the dogs!
If you have something you would like to contribute to our organization, please call Leigha Messick at 301-645-8181 or email her email@example.com
Check out our Volunteer page for more information. If you are under 18 and interested in volunteering with us, please take a look at our Junior Volunteer page.
We also need help for Bingo Nights! We volunteer at the Waldorf Jaycees' Bingo Nights and they donate money back to us. Upcoming bingo nights are:
Sunday, May 4th Sunday, August 3rd Sunday, October 5th and in 2015, Sunday, January 4th
Please contact Anita Bowie-Marsh if you are interested in helping on these nights: 301-639-6909 or firstname.lastname@example.org.