Humane Society Of Washington County - Hagerstown Pet Shelter

Humane Society Of Washington County

The Humane Society of Washington County exists to promote the welfare of companion and domestic animals through educational programs and initiatives that reduce pet overpopulation, endorse fostering, enrich adoptions, and encourage responsible pet guardianship.

  • Shelter Address
  • 13011 Maugansville Rd
    Hagerstown, MD 21740
  • Phone
  • (301) 733-2060
  • Contact Name
  • Website
  • Pet types
  • Dogs/Cats/Small Animals
  • Location served

Adoption Process

Before adopting a companion, it’s important to consider what type of animal – species, energy level, size, etc. – is best for you and best fits your lifestyle. To assist you we have adoption counselors to help match you with the right companion using the Canine-ality and Feline-ality survey. Before completing the adoption process, please think about: Working with your pet to adjust to a new home; Providing proper food and shelter; Annual vaccinations and preventative health care; Potential training and behavior issues; Time you spend away from home each day; Providing adequate exercise; Providing care during vacations and extended absences from home; Being prepared for medical emergencies - for both the animal and yourself; Preventing your companion from roaming free; Your lifestyle, energy level, and space situation; Caring for your pet, even when you don’t feel like it; Adoption Fees. Meet with a customer service representative to discuss your preferences, needs, and lifestyle. Our process includes asking lots of questions - we work hard to make the best match possible for both you and the animal. You may also use the Feline-ality and Canine-ality surveys to find great placements for our animals! A volunteer or adoption counselor will bring the animal of interest to an area for you to interact. They will answer questions about the animal’s history, health and disposition to the best of their knowledge. Keep in my mind, many animals come to HSWC as strays and we don’t have a lot of information on their backgrounds. Complete the the Adoption Questionnaire and return to a customer service representative. Please be sure to have a valid driver's license or state-issued ID and proof of residence along with you. Please note that because HSWC exists to serve the best interest of the animals in our care, any Adoption Counselor or Supervisor may deny the adoption of any animal at any time. If approved, you will review the adoption contract, pay the adoption fee and receive your adoption packet which will include: a complimentary health assessment by a participating Washington County veterinarian, 30-days free pet insurance that must be activated with 24 hours of adoption, medical history, rabies vaccination (if applicable), and microchip information. If adopting a dog, a collar and leash are required when leaving the shelter. You may bring your own or purchase them in the Cuddly Connections retail area at HSWC. Cats must leave the shelter in a carrier. You may bring your own or purchase one from our retail area. Cardboard carriers are also available for $5.

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  • Rating
  • 4 stars
  • Author
  • Joseph
  • Review date
  • 2016-02-20 03:04:12
  • Well, it depends on what you're adpoitng. But pets in general cost about $25-$150 dollars. Younger pets are more expensive than the older ones. Some shelters adopt out for free, although most are against it since adoption fees prevent people getting pets for experiments, fighting, etc. Again, though, depends on what animal.They're a heck of a lot cheaper than store bought pets. Plus people usually go into shelters with the thought of helping an animal rather than the cost, so the adoption fee shouldn't matter. If the adoption interviewer notices that the adoption fee is important to you, they may reject you just for that. Some shelters are pretty strict.You can always e-mail them. And good luck with the adoption.

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