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We count on your donations to continue our life-saving work. As a non-profit organization with no paid staff members, our dedicated volunteers work tirelessly on behalf of local animals. And our efforts are paying off. Our innovative programs have been credited with reducing the number of animals who are euthanized at our local animal control facility. Our dream is that one day, no adoptable animals will be killed in area shelters. We thank you for helping us realize this dream.Visit the donation page to see where your money goes.

The shelter will be closed Saturday Feb 17th through Monday Feb 19.  Normal hours resume Tuesday Feb 20.  Animal listed in our Rescue Program may be available to visit by appointment during this time.  

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  26152 & 26153 - Little Foot & Petrie
Little Foot and Petrie are 3yr old Red Ear Slider turtles who are ready to get out of the shelter and splash their way into your heart and home. These boys have an average life span of about 20 to 30 years. They will require special lighting and a large aquatic tank to house them.  Minor cleaning will have to be done weekly to maintain their tank, but a deep cleaning will have to take place a...read more about 26152 & 26153 - Little Foot & Petrie
  26258 - Buttermilk
Prepare for your heart to melt.  Buttermilk is a 10 year old tan and cream Basset Hound mix. Buttermilk is a gentle senior looking for her forever home. Even though she has a mellow personality, she still has a playful side that is almost puppy like. Buttermilk will do well in a mature home that is quieter and less active. If this easy going pup sounds like a dream come true, visit the Howard...read more about 26258 - Buttermilk
  26303 - Snow
This is Snow, a male kitten who is social and ready to rumble! Snow is curious and outgoing once he knows you. He plops right down in your arms and rolls upside down wanting you to pet him.  He likes to chase moving things, including your hands, so he would make a good fit for an active family that is confident and always ready to play.  Snow's playful side comes out and he will wrap his...read more about 26303 - Snow




A recent Adopter reports the sudden and violent death of one of her dogs from suspected mushroom poisoning.  Enjoying the warm weather, and playing only moments earlier, he collapsed in their backyard.  He was vomiting profusely, frothing from the mouth and nose, had fluid gushing from his eyes, and had projectile diarrhea.  He was rushed to the local ER where mushroom poisoning was immediately suspected.  He was unable to be saved as he was already in organ failure and it was irreversible.  

This quick-thinking mom collected and stored the vomit, then contacted the Mycological Association of Washington DC.  A representative made a visit to her home to collect the sample and is filing a report with the North American Mycological Association.  They believe it is a non-indigenous type of mushroom that is travelling to our area through the air in spore form and is particularly deadly.  We will follow up when the species of mushroom has been identified, but for now, please assume all mushrooms are poisonous and routinely remove them from your yard. 
RIP Stryder, pictured here with his buddy Lady. 
Lady and Mushooms 


Once again, Delegate Flanagan is introducing legislation (called "HoCo 16-18") that would allow deer hunting on Sundays in Howard County for the first time in 300 years.  The 99.9854% of Howard County residents who do not hunt deserve a safe day outdoors for recreation!    This proposed bill also includes provisions to decrease the safety zone to only 100 yards from a structure, including residential neighborhoods!    

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