The Humane Society of Charles County is an organization that is committed to the Choose Civility Southern Maryland Campaign.
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It is the Mission of the Humane Society of Charles County (HSCC) to provide shelter and care for homeless, injured and neglected animals through adoption, fostering, community partnerships, education, and affordable spay-neuter and vaccine services.
The Vision of the Humane Society of Charles County is to create a community where animals are cherished and no longer need us for protection and shelter.
In upholding the Vision and Mission of the Humane Society of Charles County, we will all work with these values:
- To always be compassionate and caring
- To foster respect and understanding of all life
- To protect, rescue, adopt and care for animals
- To create partnerships for animal welfare
- To educate the community on animal welfare issues
In 1975, a small group of community volunteers realized that the existing county animal shelter was not able to save those animals most in need and so conceived of an organization committed to the protection of injured, neglected, and abused animals that might otherwise perish without intervention. These selfless volunteers became The Humane Society of Charles County and set up shop in a garage. Incorporated as a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization in August 1979, the Humane Society of Charles County was created based on a deep respect for all life, animal, and human.
From the beginning, we have held a deep commitment to care for animals and serve the community by offering love, support, and safety to the animals and respect for all. Each year, we provide compassionate shelter and care to more than 2,300 homeless animals; inspire more than 10,000 school children, nursing home residents, veterans, and community members through our humane education, Paws to Read, and pet therapy programs; provide low-to-no cost veterinary services for more than 3,000 pets in need; find homes for more than 1,600 animals; and save nearly 200 “bottle babies” from certain death through our kitten and puppy fostering programs. In 2016, we launched our Forever Friends Community Outreach program and since then have provided over 3000 community cats and their caregivers with free spay/neuter and pet food pantry services.
As an open admission shelter, the HSCC continues to pride itself on our commitment to accepting all animals brought to us regardless of their health or temperament, and we hold tight to our vision of creating a community where animals are cherished and no longer need us for protection and shelter.
2019-2020 Board of Directors
Bob Inscore, President
Dr. Mary Cerniglia-Mosher, Vice-President
Sandy Pappaianni, Treasurer
Sue Cornelius, Secretary
Anne Gardiner, Member at Large
Jean Stuller, Member at Large
Kaye Risk, Member at Large
Colonel (USA, Ret.) Michael R. Gonzales, Member at Large
Joe Neuman, Member at Large
Debbie Vahle, Member at Large
71 Industrial Park Drive
P.O. Box 1015
Waldorf Md 20604
(301) 632-6905 FAX
Do you have any questions or comments about our services? Send them to us. We would love to know your opinion. We try to respond within 48 hours, if you need a quicker response please call 301.645.8181.
Hours of Operation
Please take a moment to read the Humane Society of Charles County “Annual Report ‘2016 Report to the Community'” which will provide an insight into what a small shelter can do with the help of volunteers, dedicated employees, and a love for animals.
2019 Annual Shelter Statistics
2018 Annual Shelter Statistics
2017 Annual Shelter Statistics
Standards of Care
The HSCC Standards of Care is meant to comply with the law passed on October 1, 2016 under the new Subtitle 17, Animal Shelters, in the Agricultural Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland also known as House Bill 494.
This law requires animal shelters to develop written veterinary protocol for dogs and cats that are consistent with the guidelines set forth by the most recent Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters, and requires that we post a copy of the report on our website by January 1, 2017.
THIS DOCUMENT IS NOT OUR OPERATING PROCEDURES. It is a high-level overview that describes compliance with ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters with respect to: basic care, sanitation, population management, disease control and prevention, behavior health and mental well-being, and euthanasia. This includes standards that are necessary to protect sheltered dogs’ and cats’ health, safety, and well-being; and a plan for:
- Quality of life enrichment;
- Veterinary care;
- Prevention and control of contagious and other diseases; and
- Any other health and environmental factors that materially affect sheltered dogs’ and cats’ health, safety, and well being.