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Pet Food Bank Assistance Program

Thanks to generous donations from individuals and local businesses, HSWC’s Pet Food Bank is able to help families in Washington County feed their pets when times are tough. A few months of assistance can mean the difference between an animal staying with his or her family and an animal being surrendered to the shelter due to finances. In an effort to both help everyone in need and collect better data on how we are helping animals in our community, we have reorganized our Pet Food Bank...

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Wanted: Barn Cat Adopters!

As an open admissions shelter, HSWC regularly receives cats that are unsocial and not the best candidates for a traditional adoption situation. While they would not likely do well living inside a home, these cats still deserve a fulfilling life and a “home” of their own!

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HSWC Closed Feb. 20, 2019

In anticipation of the winter storm, HSWC will be closed to the public on Wednesday, February 20. Don't worry, shelter staff will make sure that the animals are cozy, warm and well-fed! HSWC Field Services will be operating on an emergency basis. For sick, injured, and aggressive animals, please call our after hours emergency line at 301-790-7577. Please be careful and stay safe!

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HSWC CLOSED FEB. 11, 2019

Given the winter weather, HSWC will be closed to the public on Monday, February 11. Don’t worry, shelter staff will make sure our animals have full bellies and stay safe and warm. HSWC Field Services will be operating on an emergency basis. For sick, injured, and aggressive animals or for animals in severe weather without shelter/water, please call our after hours emergency line at 301-790-7577.

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HSWC CLOSED ON FEB. 1, 2019

For the safety of our staff, volunteers, and friends in the community, we have decided to close to the public today due to the weather. We plan to reopen tomorrow at 10 am. Stay safe! Anyone experiencing an animal emergency regarding a stray or unowned animal when the shelter is closed may call our emergency number at 301-790-7577.

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Keep Pets Inside During Extreme Weather

All pets should be brought inside during extreme weather conditions like those we are currently experiencing.  If this is not possible, animals must have access to both proper shelter and unfrozen water at all times.  Proper shelter is defined as dry and containing adequate bedding (such as straw) and a windbreak.  The shelter must also allow the animal to stand up and turn around but not be so large that the animal cannot maintain normal body temperature. 

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Kelly Tracey Named as Distinguished Volunteer

The Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) is pleased to announce that shelter board member, Kelly Tracey, was named HSWC’s Distinguished Volunteer in celebration of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) National Philanthropy Day.

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Polar Bear Plunge is Just One Week Away!

The Humane Society of Washington County’s 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Greenbrier State Park is rapidly approaching.  The number of participants and donations continue to grow and excitement is rising for the January 12th event. The year’s top event sponsors are VerStandig Broadcasting, WDVM, Mountain View Animal Emergency, and Middletown Valley Bank.

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HSWC Holiday Hours

The Humane Society of Washington County will have adjusted hours for the holidays.  On Monday, December 24th we will be open from 10 am - 1 pm. We are closed on Christmas Day. On Monday, December 31st we will be open from 10 am - 1 pm. We are closed on New Year's Day.   Please note that there will not be Nap Time on December 24th or 31st, so the adoption floors will be open to the public during the entirety of our operating hours on those days.

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FDA Alerts Pet Owners about Potentially Toxic Levels of Vitamin D in Several Dry Pet Foods

Stay in the know for the safety of your pets! The FDA recently alerted pet owners of potentially toxic levels of Vitamin D in some dry pet foods. Learn more here.

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