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Children read to cats awaiting adoption at Humane Society of Washington County

We have loved having children come into the shelter to read to cats throughout July. Check out the Herald-Mail's story here!

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The Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) is partnering with PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to participate in PetSmart’s Mega Adoption Weekend. The two-day adoption event will be held on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the PetSmart location in Hagerstown at 17740 Garland Groh Boulevard. Cats and dogs of all ages will be available for adoption. Adoption fees for cats will be waived as a part of Maryland 2,000, a...

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Animal Safety in Hot Cars

With the summer months in full swing, the Humane Society of Washington County wants to remind pet owners of the dangers of leaving an animal in a car, even for only a few minutes. Although the outside temperature may seem comfortable, the temperature inside a parked car - even one parked in the shade - can soar in minutes. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car, even with the windows cracked, can climb to between 100 and 120 degrees. On a 90-degree day, the temperature inside a...

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HSWC Closed on July 4th

The Humane Society of Washington County will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th in observance of the Independence Day holiday.  Anyone experiencing an animal emergency regarding a stray or unowned animal during this day may call our emergency number at 301-790-7577.  We will resume normal business hours on Wednesday, July 5th. 

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Animal Safety During Fireworks

With Independence Day celebrations sure to begin over the weekend, the Humane Society of Washington County would like to remind pet owners that fireworks can be a scary experience for their animals. Many animals, especially dogs, are frightened by loud noises and unfamiliar sounds. “People love fireworks, but pets don’t,” said Crystal Mowery, Field Services Director. “Many shelters see an increase in lost pets over the holiday. We hope we can prevent that from happening by reminding people to...

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GeoCat Contest

Where's Tom? During Maryland 2,000, the HSWC is hosting a special “GeoCat” competition, with a $250 cash prize for the winner.  

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HSWC Participating in Statewide Cat Adoption Event

16 Maryland Animal Shelters Combine Forces to Find Homes for Thousands of Unwanted Felines in the First-Ever Maryland 2,000 HAGERSTOWN —(June 29, 2017)—To save and find homes for the thousands of homeless cats and kittens in Hagerstown and all across Maryland, the Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) is partnering  with 15 other shelters to participate in the first-ever Maryland 2,000 Saving Lives Across Maryland adoption event.

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HSWC Announces 12th Annual LuHowl

The Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) will host the 12th Annual LuHowl fundraiser for homeless animals on Saturday, June 10th from 6 pm to 9 pm at Historic Milestone Farm in Williamsport, MD.  “We’re very excited about some unique and different things happening at LuHowl this year,” said Nikki Houser, Corporate Partnership and Event Manager. “In addition to our traditional silent auction, there will be a new live auction. Guests can also expect to see an authentic hula dancing...

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Attention: All Online Shopping Enthusiasts!

As you can imagine, it takes a lot to keep the shelter up and running! While we always need everyday items for the animals like food, leashes, toys and treats, we also depend on items that help our staff keep the shelter safe and clean like hand towels, trash bags, mops, gloves, and aprons. Now there's a way you can donate tried-and-true items that perfectly fit our needs, all from the comfort of your own home.

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HSWC Staff Member Deploys with ASPCA

Crista Kowalski knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals. As a child, she was always told to become a veterinarian but she knew that wasn’t right for her. There had to be more options out there!

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