Southern Maryland has an active community of animal lovers who volunteer with a variety of organizations across the region. They seek to help homeless pets find homes and to limit the number of animals that die in shelters.
One way they do this is by helping owners keep their pets when they fall on hard times. Imagine losing everything — then having to give up your beloved pet because you can’t afford food or care. The organizations below work to support families and pets in need with low-cost or free services.
February is National Spay/Neuter Month! One way to control the homeless pet population is to have pets spayed and neutered. Several clinics offer low-cost services based on income.
Humane Society of Charles County: Thanks to a grant program, Charles County pet owners who meet income requirements can get free or reduced price spay and neuter services at the shelter in Waldorf. Find out more and apply here: http://humanesocietycc.org/free-spay-neuter-program/
Humane Society of Charles County website: http://humanesocietycc.org/
Southern Maryland Spay & Neuter: This organization’s program offers grants to qualified Calvert County residents who need spay or neuter services for their pets. The program is supported by the organization’s thrift shop sales. Learn more and find out how to apply here: http://www.spayspot.org/services.html
Southern Maryland Spay & Neuter website: http://www.spayspot.org/
St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League (SMAWL): SMAWL has a voucher program that can cover a portion of a pet’s spay or neuter surgery. Fill out a request and learn more here: http://www.smawl.org/index.php/services/spay-neuter
SMAWL website: http://www.smawl.org/
Many veterinary clinics in Southern Maryland offer low-cost spay and neuter and pet care services. According to the Tri-County Animal Shelter, these clinics include:
- Calvert Well Pet Clinic, Huntingtown: https://www.calvertwpc.org/
- Humane Society of Charles County, Waldorf: http://humanesocietycc.org/
- Paw Prints Animal Hospital, Waldorf: https://www.lastchanceanimalrescue.org/paw-prints-animal-hospital/
- The Well Pet Clinic, Lexington Park: http://www.thewellpetclinic.com/
Call the clinics to get specifics on cost and services available.
Pet Food Banks
If you can’t afford to feed your pets right now, these organizations can help you until you can. Contact each to learn more about income requirements and services available.
- Help for Pets in Charles County: https://www.facebook.com/Help-For-Pets-in-Charles-County-MD-460632520800578/
- Hungry Tummies by Pets in Need: https://www.facebook.com/groups/983349545125203/about/
- SMAWL Pet Food Pantry: http://smawl.org/index.php/8-uncategorised-sp-606/105-donations-needed-smawl-pet-food-pantry
How You Can Help
Want to get involved? These organizations always need volunteers and donations of money, food, or supplies. Visit each group’s website to learn more.
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