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:
  1. Basic care;
  2. Sanitation;
  3. Population management;
  4. Disease control and prevention;
  5. Behavior health and mental well-being; and
  6. Euthanasia.
and includes:
  1. Standards that are necessary to protect sheltered dogs’ and cats’ health, safety, and well-being; and
  2. 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 2017”