About Us

The Humane Society of Charles County is an organization that is committed to the Choose Civility Southern Maryland Campaign.


Table of Contents

Mission Statement
Vision Statement
Value Statement
2021-2022 Board of Directors
Contact Information
Hours of Operation
Shelter Statistics
Standards of  Care


Mission Statement

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.


Vision Statement

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.


Value Statement

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.


2021-2022  Board of Directors
Mr. Robert Inscore, President
Ms. Kaye Risk, Vice-President
Ms. Lori Quill, Secretary
Ms. Sandy Pappaianni, Treasurer
Ms. Anne Gardiner, Charter Member
Jean Stuller, Charter Member
Dr. Mary Cerniglia-Mosher,  Member at Large
Ms. Sue Cornelius, Member at Large
Colonel (USA, Ret.) Michael R. Gonzales, Member at Large



Contact Information

71 Industrial Park Drive
P.O. Box 1015
Waldorf Md 20604
(301) 645-8181
(301) 632-6905 FAX

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    New Grant News:  Grey Muzzle Foundation awarded the Humane Society of Charles County a grant for $10,000 our Senior Paws Program.  This program will help us provide any dog we adopt over 7 years with a more complete diagnostic and medical profile.  Senior dogs currently make up approximately 25% of our dog population annually and despite their senior status, they often have so many other redeeming qualities that the younger, untrained pups do not.  They make terrific, more refined and often already trained companions.  However,  many of these senior dogs have more medical requirements than the younger pups that come through our doors so this grant will help identify any issues, provide some medical treatments when it is urgent and give the new adoptive family a great profile to take to their vet for their new family member.  Please visit our adoptive dog pages for a new “senior” pet for your home.  To help us service even more senior dogs please visit our Senior Paws Program Fund and sponsor a senior dog or make a donation to help support the program today.

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    Spring News Letter

    Please take a moment to read the Humane Society of Charles County “Pawsome Post- Spring 2021” which will provide an insight into what a small shelter can do with the help of volunteers, dedicated employees, and a love for animals.


    Shelter Statistics

    Current 2022 Shelter Statistics

    2021 Annual Shelter Statistics
    2020 Annual Shelter Statistics
    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.

    CLICK HERE TO READ THE Humane Society of Charles County “STANDARDS OF CARE 2020