December 2012  

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In this issue
Special Cats
Special Dogs
Holiday for the Shelter Animals
After the Storm
Love Ball Recap
Thanksgiving Parade

Mark your calendar

Pet Photos with Santa
Today only
December 1

California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser

December 3 and 4

Holiday with the Shelter Dogs
December 20

Paws in the Park 2013
April 28

Quick links



Adopt a pet


Off-site adoption events

Rescue Without Walls foster program

Our wish list


Ask the behavior expert

Pet bereavement workshop



AWLMC Chomper's Pet Food Bank 


Our featured adoptable pet 
#153 - ID#A367863  Jack!
#153, Jack available for adopton  
Jack is a neutered 5-year-old red and white Australian Cattle Dog and Welsh Corgi / Cardigan mix. He would love to have a home for the holidays. Jack is a staff favorite, and our evaluator gave him high praise.

Come meet Jack at the shelter during normal visiting hours. 
Happy Tails
We adopted our sweet dog, Watson (formerly Cajun; tag 225), exactly a year ago, and I wanted to write and thank you for everything you did to connect us with him. When my husband and I decided we were ready to adopt a dog, we visited many shelters in the area. On our trip to MCHS, we met a thin brindle dog with a bad case of kennel cough. I returned while my husband was at work and met a lovely 1-yr-old dog who licked my face and happily walked around the yard with me even though it was cold and raining outside. I knew right away that Watson was just what we had been looking for, and the three of us are so happy together!

Thank you for giving so many animals the chance to find a loving home.

With warm regards,
Lauren R
2012 holiday appeal The MCHS holiday campaign has begun. At this time of year, we encourage you to reflect on what matters most, and support our homeless animals with a holiday contribution.

Please give as generously as you can -- it will make all the difference in so many lives. Remember, if your gift is post-marked by December 31, you will receive a 2012 tax receipt for the full value of your gift.

Thank you for your support and generosity!  
Living with a blind or disabled cat
its adopt a senior pet month  
Some cats are born "disabled," others suffer accidents, a degenerative disease or old age. With the understanding of a loving owner, a disabled cat can lead a full, long, safe, and happy life. Here are some tips for living with a "special kitty".  
Living with a blind dog
Mickey no eyes


At the age of 9 years, Mickey suffered from glaucoma and his eyes were removed. He spent the next 4 years amazing his family with his exploits. Mickey might have been blind, but he was not handicapped.

Shelter pets' dreams come true

holiday toy drive


Short of settling into a loving new home well before the excitement of the holidays, a shelter pet welcomes extra attention, toys and treats this time of year.  Here's how several groups of volunteers -- and you -- are helping.

Details about the Feline Focus Committee's kitty toy and towel drive.

Thank you to all our volunteers and supporters for making life a little more comfortable over the holidays for shelter pets awaiting adoption.

... to our volunteers of the month: 

to Maureen Williams for so graciously sponsoring the November Senior Cat Adoption Special and a huge thank you to the dedicated group of volunteers who made The Love Ball 2012 wildly successful. We could not have pulled off such a polished event without all your help!.  


... to our supporters in the community: to the bark! locations in Rockville, Gaithersburg / Kentlands and Olney for collecting toys and blankets for the shelter pets all year long. 

Hurricane Sandy tests County's pet plans

Fortunately for the DC Metro area, Hurricane Sandy was only lightly disruptive.  Nevertheless, the County Animal Response Team (CART) activated a pet emergency shelter, co-located with the American Red Cross human shelter at the new White Oak Recreation Center on April Drive in Silver Spring. The pet shelter was set up to accommodate dogs, cats, and small mammals such as guinea pigs and rabbits. Dedicated staff and volunteers from MCHS, the County Animal Services Division, and CART operated the shelter.
What a party!
Love Ball recap
The Love Ball 2012 was a big success at its new location in the Rockville Hilton. The event raised nearly $70,000 for the homeless animals of Montgomery County.


We love a parade!
Mystic at the parade
For the third year in a row, MCHS has joined in the Thanksgiving parade celebration in downtown Silver Spring.

Pictured here is Mystic, shelter dog, riding shotgun in one of our vans and sporting her holiday get-up.