NEW DATE! – Mutt Strut Extravaganza in Chestertown



The Humane Society of Kent County’s Festival, Fundraiser & 5K Run/Walk

Chestertown, MD – Saturday, June 10, 2017

Note new date!  Come out and join The Humane Society of Kent County for their 16th Annual Mutt Strut and 5K Run/Walk.  This year we are returning to the Chestertown Courthouse lawn for the Strut and activities, while the 5K Run/Walk will begin and end at Wilmer Park.  Bring your four-legged friends or just come to ‘dog watch,’ as we have contests, demonstrations and, of course, The Strut!  This year we will be showcasing the talented Skylar Landis of Belle Rose Kennels, and her dog, Auggie, for some training and agility demos. Who knows, your pup could be the next star of the show!  Vendors will be on hand with BBQ, ice cream, wine, clothing/apparel.

16th Annual Mutt Strut  –  Parade & Festivities

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Registration begins at 10:00 am
Strut begins at 11:00 am

WHERE: Kent County Courthouse Lawn
103 N. Cross St., Chestertown MD

Join us for competitions, demonstrations, prizes, food, raffles – and The Strut!

Mutt Strut 5K  Run/Walk

WHEN: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Registration at 7:30 am or Pre-Register Online
Race begins promptly at 8:30 am

WHERE: Wilmer Park
400 S. Cross St., Chestertown MD

Pre-Register online today!
The race will start/finish at Wilmer Park. The course runs along the river and winds through gentle hills – all paws are kept on paved roads! The course is marked, with water and restrooms provided along the way. Police will direct traffic to ensure safety along the route. All ages welcome. Well-behaved, vaccinated dogs on a leash can participate! One dog per participant. Please ensure that your dog is in proper physical condition to run/walk – pet owners are responsible for pet waste.

Only pre-registered participants are guaranteed race t-shirts. “Day-of” shirts available first come/first serve. Awards are given in Overall Male & Female. Food/refreshments provided at the finish line, which will be professionally timed and photographed. 100% of the proceeds benefit The Humane Society of Kent County.


LOCATION: Wilmer Park, 400 S. Cross Street, Chestertown, MD

REGISTRATION: Pre-Registration online + Day-Of Registration at 7:30 am

The Humane Society of Kent County serves approximately 1,000 homeless, unwanted, and abused animals each year.  Mutt Strut is the Shelter’s signature event and money raised from the event helps offset annual expenses related to medical and behavioral needs, giving each animal the best possible chance to be adopted into a safe, loving home.  Community awareness and support are vital to the success of this mission. 100% of the proceeds benefit HSKC.

Chestertown, MD – Saturday, June 10, 2017.  The Humane Society of Kent County’s Festival, Fundraiser & 5K Run/Walk.   Please visit Kent County Humane Society and 5K/Mutt Strut website for all the details!

Workshop on Caring for Kittens


You are cordially invited to attend a very informative workshop on caring for KITTENS!!

The Humane Society of Kent County and Really Great Cats Rescue are partners in hosting a one day seminar on SATURDAY, MARCH 18th, featuring amazing instructors from The National Kitten Coalition. The venue will be at the Town Hall of Chestertown, 118 North Cross Street.

The National Kitten Coalition is a non-profit, all volunteer group, whose mission is to increase the survival rate of rescued kittens. They provide education and training to animal shelter staff, rescue groups, volunteers, and fosters. The goal is to share knowledge and tools in order to give high quality, cost-effective care. Instructors will cover topics including pregnant cats, labor and delivery, nursing, bottle feeding, socializing, weaning, parasites, sickness, and so much more!

We want our staff and volunteers to be prepared for KITTEN SEASON!!

COFFEE AND DONUTS will be provided in the morning.
A full day of instruction and LUNCH is provided!!
We are hoping you will BRING A FRIEND and spend the day with us.

Registration is at 9:00 a.m. and class begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. Registration is FREE until March 1st. After March 1st a $10.00 registration fee applies.

Registration is FREE for all established volunteers or fosters of THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF KENT COUNTY OR REALLY GREAT CATS RESCUE! Your dedication and service helps us save lives every day!!

Contact Meg Bennett to reserve your seats today at 202-302-8194 or email


The Humane Society of Kent County – “A Home for the Holidays”


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.

princessEvery 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 Like The Humane Society of Kent County on Facebook 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.

The Humane Society of Kent County, Inc. Elected New Officers


Board President Richard Keaveney

Chestertown, MD  (August 3, 2016)     The Board of Directors of The Humane Society of Kent County, Inc. elected new officers, including a new president and secretary, at its recent board meeting. Richard Keaveney, of Kennedyville, was elected president. Susie Hayman and Charlie Hawkins, both of Chestertown, were re-elected Vice President and Treasurer, respectively. Rock Hall resident, Louise Durocher, was elected secretary.

The board and staff are committed to improving the infrastructure of the shelter and developing sustainable funding sources to do so.  Executive Director, Jane Welsh, highlighting the need for a broader strategic plan, remarked, “It is no secret that our current facility is undersized and in need of constant repair, preventing our shelter from having the programs and services needed by our community”.

Board president Richard Keaveney, the current owner of “Poor Richards of Chestertown” and sales associate at Cross Street Realtors, is a successful entrepreneur and business investor from Philadelphia, with years of experience in not-for-profit board service and leadership. In the recent past, Richard served as board chair of MANNA, a nutrition delivery program for people with life-threatening illness, and co-chair of Broad Street Ministry, a hospitality program for homeless and vulnerable persons in Philadelphia. Richard and husband James Brown live on the Sassafras River with their two adopted cats Max and Rex.

Over the next several months, Executive Director Welsh looks forward to sharing with the community a needs assessment and visionary plan for our beloved Humane Society of Kent County.

For more information, please contact Jane Welsh at 410-778-3648 or

Humane Society Hosts Summer Cocktail Party June 17


A summer cocktail party fundraiser for the Humane Society of Kent County will be held on Friday, June 17 th from 5 to 7 PM at Crow Vineyard and Winery in Kennedyville. Tickets are $25 per person and include appetizers and one glass of wine.

Additional wine can be purchased. Music will be provided by Tim Carroll. Tickets can be purchased at The Humane Society or from their website All proceeds benefit the animals of The Humane Society of Kent County.

Register Now for Mutt Strut Parade


There is still time to register for the 15th Annual Mutt Strut, Saturday April 23, sponsored by the Humane Society of Kent County. This event is part of a three day weekend, including a private cocktail party on Friday and a 5K Run/Walk on Sunday.

Mutt Strut.1The Humane Society of Kent County serves approximately 1,200 homeless, unwanted and abused animals each year. Mutt Strut is the shelter’s signature event and largest fundraising effort tailored to offset annual expenses related to medical and behavioral needs, giving each animal the best possible chance to be adopted into a safe, loving home. Community awareness and support is vital to the success of this mission

As is tradition, show off your best friend(s) in the dog parade, leaving the Kent County Courthouse at 10am, strut through Earth Day festivities and march into Center Circle at Wilmer Park to kick off the dog competitions, hosted by emcee Jen Friedman.

At Wilmer Park, enjoy delicious food from Papa Smurf, Black Burro, and Kilby Cream’s Moo Mobile. Local beers and Crow wine will be on offer as well. Listen to live music performed by Philip Dutton & the Alligators and the High & Wides, explore exhibitor tables, partake in games & raffles, and meet shelter animals ready for adoption. Children’s attractions include face painting, creative activities with KidSPOT, Character Counts, and the Kent County Public Library.

Register for an activity or learn more at and click on news & upcoming events, or call HSKC Executive Director Jane Welsh at 410 778 3648.

Save the Date: Mutt Strutt Extravaganza, April 22-24


MuttStrut.2Bring your four legged friends and join The Humane Society of Kent County Maryland for their 15th Annual Mutt Strut Festival & Fundraiser located at Chestertown’s beautiful Wilmer Park on the Chester River. This three day event has something for everyone and raises the funds necessary to help HSKC care for the homeless animals in our community.

This year’s extravaganza kicks off Friday evening with a private cocktail party on the waterfront. On Saturday, show off your best friend(s) in our doggie parade, compete in the “Center Circle,” enjoy delicious food from our local food truck vendors, explore exhibitor tables, listen to live music performed by Philip Dutton & the Alligators and the High & Wides; and simply have a great time hanging out at the park for the day!

But don’t get too tired, on Sunday we will close out the weekend with a 5K Run/Walk course that runs along the scenic Chester River.

Visit and click on news & upcoming events to register for the parade and 5K, learn more or to become a sponsor, or call HSKC Executive Director Jane Welsh at 410 778 3648.

HSKC Pet of the Month: Tubman


Tubman-4164He’s one part Yellow Lab, one part Loverboy, and 100% available at HSKC! Tubman is gorgeous inside and out, and he knows it. He was surrendered to HSKC because his former owners didn’t like the way he acted when they trimmed his nails. He didn’t waste his energy being upset when his owners left. After all, what was the point? He knew he deserved better, and it was time to move on.

Three-year-old Tubman finds his days at the shelter quite entertaining. He loves watching all of the commotion, and he’s quite social; Tubman enjoys hanging out with dogs and cats as well as people of all ages. He’s generally a happy guy, except when he’s left alone in his kennel for long periods. Don’t ask him to admit it publicly, but he cries sometimes when he’s all by himself. He relies on his dreams to keep him company, hoping at least one of them comes to life: the one where he is romping around in a backyard with children and a family of his very own.

This Lab mix is already house-trained and walks well on a leash. He responds to commands and would fit nicely into any active home. Will you be the lucky one to give this great catch a home for the holidays? Stop by HSKC and meet Tubman soon! Also, learn about all of the adoptable pets at The Humane Society of Kent County by visiting, following the organization’s Facebook Page at or by calling the shelter at 410-778-3648.

Meet Lexi: She’s Looking for Home


The Spy just received a wonderful video from the Humane Society of Kent County. Filmed by Washington College student Eric Burcin. it’s a great portrayal of Lexi, one of HSKC’s dogs up for adoption. We love the new format and hope you do also.

“Lexi has been at The Humane Society of Kent County the longest of all the shelter’s dogs–a year and a half. You can help her find a home in just 5 minutes. Watch and share this video to spread the word about this special dog who deserves love as much as anyone else.”~from KCHS.


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