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Homes for the Holidays: Giving Animals a Second Chance

Homes for the Holidays
Giving Animals a Second Chance

The Humane Society of Washington County has initiated a campaign titled "Homes for the Holidays" in an effort to stimulate the adoption of shelter animals this holiday season.
"At this time of the year so many people go to pet stores instead of looking a their local shelter to find their family pet," says Executive Director Paul Miller. "We want those individuals to be aware that the Humane Society has numerous wonderful animals in need of good homes. What better gift to give at the holidays than to give a shelter animal a second chance at a lifelong loving home?"
The Humane Society of Washington County's vision is to be the area's leading resource for animal related issues. Through strong community partnerships, they enhance and protect the lives of all animals by advocating responsible, compassionate relationships between people and animals while providing shelter, humane education, spay/neuter programs, and adoptions.
"Currently we receive about 5,000 animals a year with about 80% being homeless, injured, or abandoned," Miller said.
Adoption Fees:
$75 for cats and $100 for dogs, except during the month of December the shelter will be having a 2 for 1 special. Adopt a cat and take another cat along for your new cat. Both cats will be adopted for the fee of just one cat.
"Seniors for Seniors" is an adoption program where pets 5 years and older can be adopted by a senior citizen (55 years old and older) for $25.00.
"Homes for Seniors" is a program where anyone any age can adopt a pet 5 years Every adoption includes:
* Free physical exam at participating vets
* Spay or neuter of the animal
* Microchip
* ID Tags (dogs)
* Extensive behavioral assessment completed on each dog
* DHLPP vaccination (dogs)
* Fel-O-Vax IV vaccination (cats)
* De-worming
* Feline leukemia/FIV test (cats)
* Topical flea/tick treatment if needed
* Ear cleaning/treatment
* One month of pet insurance
* Holiday treat stocking.
Rabies vaccinations and dog licenses are an additional fee.
Plus during the month of December each pet adopted will go home with a holiday stocking full of treats and toys.
Adoption Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday--Noon-5pm
Tuesday and Thursday--Noon-7pm
Saturday--Noon-4pm
If you aren't looking for a pet, become a Shelter S.A.N.T.A. and Sending A Nifty Treat Along with every pet adopted by participating in the Humane Society of Washington County's "Homes for the Holidays" campaign. All you have to do is collect toys and treats for the animals to take along when they go to their new homes.
To see the wonderful animals available for adoption stop by the facility at 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown. If you have questions about "Homes for the Holidays" or if you would like to participate call Katherine Cooker at 301-733-2060, ext. 237.

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