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HSWC Teams Up With NBC4 To Host Clear The Shelters On August 19

The Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) will once again join NBC4 to host NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear the Shelters. This nationwide pet adoption drive will be held at the HSWC on Saturday, August 19 from 10 am to 6 pm. During this event the adoption fees will be waived for every adoptable animal in the shelter.

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HSWC Receives Grant for Spay/Neuter Program

We were awarded $12,850 from the Maryland Department of Agriculture to offer free spaying and neutering to pet cats living with low-income families in the 21740 area. The grant program runs October 1, 2017 - October 1, 2018. To learn more, call 301-733-2060 ext. 220 starting October 1, 2017 to see if you qualify and to schedule an appointment.

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Hundreds Attend Hagerstown's National Night Out

The HSWC Field Services Department was thrilled to attend Hagerstown's National Night Out. Get the scoop here!

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Cat Adoption Fees Waived in August

In an effort to save lives and find even more wonderful cats and kittens homes, feline adoption fees have been waived throughout August! Take home a cat that's been altered, vaccinated according to age, and microchipped - at no charge! If adopting, please consider bringing your own carrier to take your new family member home. A $5 fee will be charged for the cardboard carrier supplied by the shelter.

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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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