The Humane Society of Kent County (HSKC), known in the area as one of the foremost animal shelters, is inviting Eastern Shore of Maryland residents to open their homes and hearts to adoptable animals this holiday season. The nonprofit has announced a goal for all of the adoptable animals in the shelter to find homes before December 20th.
HSKC operates an open admission animal shelter and welcomes every animal in need that can legally be accepted. As an open admission shelter, they take in many animals who may not be immediate candidates for adoption. Whenever possible, their dedicated staff and foster parents work with these animals to rehabilitate them and qualify them for adoption to good homes. There is no set limit to the length of time an animal can remain a candidate for adoption at HSKC. As long as they have space, and the pet appears to be able to maintain good physical and emotional health in their kennel environment (or foster home), the pet will remain in their program.
Every animal, however long it remains in the HSKC adoptions program, is guaranteed a clean, safe, comfortable space, nutritious food and fresh water, medical supervision and, when needed, care and supplies, as well as interaction with volunteers who groom, exercise, and socialize with them. “We have so many wonderful animals just waiting for their forever homes this holiday season, particularly cats and kittens. Come out and meet them. They will bring so much joy to your life” said Jane Welsh, Executive Director of The Humane Society of Kent County.
The adoption event started December 1st. The shelter is open seven days a week for adoptions through December 20th. The hours are 11am-4pm every day, except Wednesday which offers later hours: 2pm-7pm. Prospective adopters can come in during these times to meet adoptable animals and fill out an application for adoption. Adopters should be prepared with proof of rabies vaccination for other household pets, permission from landlord (if applicable), agreement of all household members on the addition of a new family member (including introductions of dogs), and collar/leash or carrier.
Although HSKC provides for all of the basic needs of the animals in their care, living in a shelter is often lonely and disheartening. This holiday season, you can help find a warm bed, loving family, and a full stocking for every one of the homeless dogs and cats waiting at The Humane Society of Kent County.
“To look into those little faces when we leave for the day is a bit harder than usual during the Holidays,” said HSKC staff person, Kathi Donegan.“We love each of the pets here, and spoil them a bit more with treats and extra blankets for their beds. It would be our best Christmas present ever to have all these sweethearts find a home.”
HSKC adopters come from a variety of walks of life. Some are families looking for a pet to teach their children the joys of playing with and caring for a dog or cat; some already have forever pets;while others are empty-nesters or young adults. Whatever the case may be, HSKC adopters know that unconditional love comes in the form of a furry family member; and this time of year seems to be when we need it most. Stop by The Humane Society of Kent County to help every animal find a “Home for the Holidays!”
The organization is located in Chestertown, Maryland. 10720 Augustine Herman Hwy Chestertown, MD 21620. For more info, visit www.kenthumane.org. Like The Humane Society of Kent County on Facebook www.facebook.com/kenthumane/. Call 410-778-3648.
About The Humane Society of Kent County
The Humane Society of Kent County Maryland, Inc. is a private, charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are not affiliated with any other animal welfare organization, locally or nationally. Though we do provide Animal Control services for Kent County, we are not a County agency. Only a third of our budget is funded by the County; the rest comes from fees for service and private donations from generous citizens. The mission is: to prevent the unnecessary pain and suffering of domestic animals in our community and to promote satisfying and responsible relationships between people and domestic companion animals through community involvement and education.