The Humane Society of Charles County, Inc
71 Industrial Park Drive
Waldorf, MD 20604



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.



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The Humane Society of Charles County, Inc
71 Industrial Park Drive
PO Box 1015
Waldorf Md 20604
Fax 301-632-6905
EIN 52-1212430

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I hear we can foster a dog, is that true?

Yes, the shelter is always in need of fosters for both cats and dogs and even little critters.  Fostering helps with overcrowding.  The shelter only has roughly 23 kennels for dogs, and around 23 or so for cats.  When we receive dogs and there is no place for them, it puts the shelter in a tough situation.  When
you foster a dog you free up a kennel space for another dog/cat.  Fostering a dog increases the animal’s chance of getting adopted.  Shelter dogs being fostered learn socializing skills not provided in a shelter environment.  Fostering provides a great lesson in compassion, nurturing, and generosity to children and it's a wonderful life-affirming experience for an entire family.Why is there a need to foster a dog?Some dogs just don't show well in the kennel environment, they are either very nervous, anxious and just frightened and may lash out when visitor stop by their kennel.  These types of dogs do better in a home setting and show much better when introduced to potential adopters.What does HSCC provide when you foster a dog? 

HSCC provides you with a crate, health coverage, and free training until the dog is adopted.  Our dog fosters gain wonderful knowledge on how to properly leash walk, socialize and handle their foster dogs which in turn, helps the dog.  

Is the dog available while I am fostering?

YES, your foster dog is listed as available for adoption while you are fostering on the HSCC web page.

What if during my fostering period with the dog I realized that this is the dog for me?  

If you find that at any time during fostering that you have bonded with the dog and would like to adopt your foster dog, you must contact HSCC and let shelter staff know as soon as possible. 

What other support do I get during my fostering of an HSCC dog?

You are provided free training by a non-profit all volunteer group that has dedicated their time to help our dog fosters rehabilitate their foster dog.  This training is also available to new adopters.  (This class is not to be confused with the paid dog training classes which go into a more structured smaller group setting and more obedience training).  Educating fosters on structured exercise, leash walking, how to properly socialize and introduce your dog to new dogs and people is taught.  We also teach basic handling skills and basic obedience commands such as sit.  These classes are currently held at the shelter each Sunday starting at 11:00 a.m.  The time will change in June due to training classes starting for new adopters.

How do we get in touch or find out about adoption events? 

The HSCC has a new "HSCC Dog Foster/Foster to Adopt" Facebook Group Page.  This page is a "closed" group page and only those individuals fostering and "fostering to adopt" are in the group.  This group page keeps communication open and provides support from other fosters, trainers, and HSCC staff if you have any issues with your fosters or FTA.  On this group page events are shared and communication on adoption events, fundraisers, etc are made available to the foster family so that they can make arrangements to have their dog seen.

How is my foster dog promoted? 

The group page is a great place to upload new pictures of your dog that are added to the HSCC web site.  Pictures are a great way to showcase your dog.  As well as, adoption events.  It is not mandatory that you attend all adoption events, but we do encourage you to visit and/or help out at some of the adoption events.  If you cannot attend an adoption event, we ask that you drop your dog off to the shelter so that the dog can be taken to the event if you cannot attend.  

How do I sign up to foster a dog? 

We would need you to fill out a Dog Foster Application and submitt this application to and HSCC staff member.  Once the application is vetted through the HSCC, you can start fostering.