Helping stray animals find permanent, loving homes is the mission of this week’s Friday Focus organization. The Humane Society of Calvert County works to place animals in responsible homes, increase awareness through education and outreach, reduce animal overpopulation and eliminate cruelty. They serve as an advocate for animals by promoting humane standards, and seek to enhance the relationship between animals and people.
Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)
A: The Humane Society of Calvert County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization specializing in placing homeless animals into loving homes throughout Southern Maryland.
Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?
A: A few years back, we brought in a very thin dog. He had been left chained out in the back of an abandoned home. He was thin, malnourished, hairless and had obviously lost hope. We brought him into our organization, fattened him up, made him healthy again and found him an amazing home. This is a story that repeats itself all the time within our organization and each and every time, it is special to us, but this guy really stood out as he was one of the first that I took part in.
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
A: Our biggest challenge, by far, is the constant frustration that there are still so many animals in need of homes and we are unable to take them in due to space limitations. We look forward to a day when there are no more homeless pets.
Q: Are there any upcoming events?
A: The Society’s 13th Annual Pet Day 5k is coming up on Saturday, September 12 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Solomon’s Island. Race registration starts at 7:00 a.m.; the race begins at 8:30. You’ll enjoy a beautiful view of the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay for the duration of the walk/run. Dogs are welcome!
Q: How can people get involved with your organization?
A: We have many volunteer opportunities available. We are always in need of volunteers to walk dogs or help at events. We welcome visitors and, as always, the number one way to help is to adopt a pet!