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  • Washington County Humane Society

    Agency: Washington County Humane Society

    OVERVIEW: Advocates for animal rights and well being and offers animal shelter, adoption services and other comprehensive programs including a euthanasia service.

    1) ADOPTIONS: Offers an extensive selection of materials available in the Humane Education Center at the shelter, and placement counselors to help match you with the right companion. Requirements for adopting a pet include being at least 18 years of age, have valid identification with your present address, a telephone number, be able and willing to spend the time and money necessary to provide proper care for your new companion and understand that the HSWC reserves the right to deny any adoption for any reason.

    2) ADOPTION PROGRAM for SENIORS: Program provides financial assistance to enable county senior citizens to adopt animals from the Humane Society of Washington County.

    3) SPAY and NEUTER PROGRAM: Residents who are receiving county, state or federal government financial assistance, Social Security or disability benefits may qualify for our DOGSNIP or CATSNIP programs. DOGSNIP has a $40.00 co-pay for each dog spay or neuter surgery and CATSNIP is a $20 co-pay per cat. To qualify, applicants must have an approval letter from appropriate government agency indicating receipt of public assistance, Social Security or disability benefits. Assistance is also available for individuals maintaining feral cat colonies.

    4) SPAY and NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP): Offers discounted vouchers(while funds are available) to residents of the county that are redeemable at any Washington County participating veterinarian. Vouchers cover $80 for a dog spay/neuter plus $10 per animal for pain medication, $60 for a female cat spay plus $10 per animal for pain medication, $30 for male cat neuter plus $10 per animal for pain medication. All residents of Washington County qualify. Additional program requirements are proof of a current dog license and rabies vaccination. If unavailable, the client will be required to pay for them when they drop off their pet at the clinic for surgery. NOTE: Additional expenses may be incurred at the veterinarian’s office. 

    5) HELP PROGRAM: Assists owners in keeping ownership of their pet during the current economic downturn by helping in emergency situations (while funds are available). The program can assist with veterinary costs, temporary boarding of pets, landlord pet deposits, etc. ($100 limit). Any county resident who is currently experiencing a hardship due to the economic climate may qualify. Additional requirements are proof of financial hardship, such as unemployment benefits, proof of pending foreclosure, notice of bankruptcy, or workers’ compensation benefits.

    6) PET FOOD BANK: A free service for residents who are receiving county, state, or federal government financial assistance, or Social Security or disability benefits. Additional program requirements include proof of a current dog license and rabies vaccination for all dogs and cats and approval letter for receiving public assistance, Social Security, or disability benefits. Owner agrees not to increase the number of pets in the home while receiving this assistance and also agrees to spay/neuter all animals currently in the home. Applicants will be required to sign a commitment agreeing to comply with all HSWC program requirements.

    7) FOSTER CARE PROGRAM: Many animals have special needs that make shelter living particularly hard on them and they fare better in a home environment. Foster parents take these animals into their homes and care for them until they are ready to return to the shelter or a permanent home.

    8) EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS: Teaches children to be responsible pet owners. The program topics include how to stay safe around dogs, being a responsible pet caretaker, safe handling of dogs and cats, and how to treat abandoned or tethered animals. Presentations are geared towards after school programs, elementary schools and 4-H groups.

    9) BARN CAT: Provides crates and other supplies to owners of adopted barn cats.
    10) DONATIONS: Accepts monetary donations as well as food, towels, blankets, pet toys and hygiene items such as shampoo.

    • Main:
      • 301-733-2060
    • Emergency After Hours:
      • 301-790-7577 EX 203
      • Rescue and cruelty reports
    • Volunteer Coordinator :
      • 301-733-2060 EX 240
    • Fax:
      • 301-733-0248
    • Main Contact:
    • Website:

    • 13011 Maugansville Road
      Maugansville, MD 21740

    Agency: Washington County Humane Society

    Languages Available: None.

    Payment Description: Varies by animal and program.

    Intake and Eligibility: Adults 18 and older and must meet income guidelines for some services.

    Areas Served:
    • Washington County

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