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Congratulations To Montgomery County Animal Services And Adoption Center On Your New Facility

February 2014

From MCPAW Chairman

Allan Cohen

Dear Friends: On March 1, 2014 Montgomery County will truly embark on a new era for animals as we officially open the new Animal Services and Adoption Center (ASAC). I am delighted that MCPAW, as a 501(c)3 nonprofit County partner, played an integral role in making this happen. The new facility will have dedicated animal care professionals hired by the County to oversee care of the animals, as well as programs and services. Under the leadership of County Executive Ike Leggett and with the support of the County Council, Montgomery County has taken over the operation of the ASAC. Under the direction of Mary Healey, the new Animal Services Director, best practices in animal care and exemplary customer service will be top priorities. We truly want to make this facility a community center for pet lovers; a place where residents always feel welcome, where every animal receives attention and care and where pets receive a second chance for a loving, forever home. I want to thank the MCPAW Board of directors, the County advisors, and all who have supported MCPAW. Without assistance and support, MCPAW's efforts to date would not have been successful. But make no mistake; we have immense challenges ahead. MCPAW is committed to working with animal rescue groups and the veterinary community in Montgomery County. We recognize that making a difference will require effective partnerships and close collaboration with the extended animal community. In addition to enhancing programs at the new shelter, MCPAW has made critical commitments: to free spay/ neuter, to a pet food pantry, to ending animal cruelty and to educational programs that will promote better pet care. These goals will only be accomplished through effective partnerships and financial support from the community. MCPAW invites you to visit our website, www.mcpaw. org and most importantly, to become involved.

Special MCPAW Thank You MCPAW would like to extend a special thank you to the following for their invaluable assistance. Sean Coleman, David Dise, Colleen Fishter, Jennifer Hughes, Tom Hyatt and SNR Denton, Lisa Mandel-Trupp, Joy Nurmi, John Wesson DVM February 2014

From Montgomery County Executive

Isiah Leggett

There are many heartwarming stories about animals demonstrating their devotion to humans, but Montgomery County will soon celebrate and demonstrate its respect and devotion to animals in its care. The original Animal Shelter was built nearly 40 years ago in 1975. It could no longer provide the appropriate care for homelessorlostpets,normeettheneedsofourAnimalServices es Division.OurAnimalServicesofficershavethevitallyimportantjob tjob of investigating animal abuse and tending to injured and lost pets. In just the last year, the Animal Services Division received 12,500 calls for service; the shelter staff handled 7,671 domestic and wild animals; 979 lost pets were reunited with their owners and 2765 animals were adopted and found forever homes. This month, the County opens a new state-of-the art Animal Services and Adoption Center on Muncaster Mill Road in Derwood. Please join us to celebrate the opening of this new facility at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 1, 2014. We are grateful for the strong support and commitment from Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being (MCPAW) and all the many partners who worked diligently with the county and provided invaluable resources to assist in making our animal shelter possible. I hope that you will open your heart and give a dog, cat, or other animal a forever home, or volunteer at the Center. I thank you for whatever you can do. Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” We intend to treat them very well.

From County Council Public Safety Chair

Phil Andrews

Montgomery County cares about animal welfare. The new Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center is a long- awaited improvement that will enable our County to better protect animals and the public. The Center will replace the dilapidated, outdated, and outgrown facility in Rockville that has been the home to the Animal Services Division within the Police Department, as well as those animals in need of shelter. As Chair of the Public Safety Committee for the County Council for the past 14 years, I have worked with the County Executive, the Department of Police, and the Department of General Services to ensure that this new Center is built to meet the needs of our animal population both now and long into the future. This important facility will be home to the many services provided by the Animal Services Division including isolation, quarantine, and the holding of animals. In addition to these functions, the Center will be a community building where animals can be adopted and can receive medical care. There will also be educational resources available for the community to help our residents learn how to properly care for their pets. Volunteers will be an integral part of the everyday functioning of the new Animal Services Center. There will be many volunteer opportunities, including walking the dogs on the walking trail, socializing with the animals, and helping out in various other ways. A special thank you to mcpaw (Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-being). This group of extraordinary volunteers has worked tirelessly for more than 4 years in order to raise funds to add special components to the Center. Contributions include funds for the spay and neuter clinic, special children’s activities and a play room for people to get to know their new pet. Thanks to everyone who has been part of this project!


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From Montgomery County Police Chief

J. Thomas Manger

The Montgomery County Police Animal Services Division (ASD) officially became a division of the MCPD in February of 1996. Now, 18 years later, the department is proud to be able to expand our animal-related services and education with the opening of a brandnew Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center. Just some of the duties of the ASD include: responding to and investigating calls for service for animals-at-large, cruelty and neglect, nuisance/noise complaints, injured wildlife and aggressive/dangerous animals. The division investigates annually over 1,000 animal bites and conducts annual rabiesvaccination clinics. It also provides the licensing and inspection of such animal-related businesses as pet shops and commercial kennels. As we move forward into a new era of increased animal services, I gratefully acknowledge the Montgomery County Humane Society for the good work they have done over the past years. I have complete faith in the new leadership and expertise of our ASD Director Mary Healey and the combined former and new staff members. Such an exceptional facility would not have been possible without the support of the County Executive, the County Council, Assistant Chief Betsy Davis, former ASD Director Captain Michael Wahl, the entire ASD staff and Animal-Sheltering Consultant Renee Harris. I commend the supportive work of Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being (MCPAW). Without everyone’s help, our long-envisioned goals could not have become a reality.

From Montgomery County Animal Services Division Director

Mary Healey

As the Director of the Montgomery County Police – Animal Services Division, I manage the daily operations of the division with the police department and oversee the new, state-of-the-art Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center. I am thrilled to be part of the Montgomery County Animal Services Division. With the opening of the new Animal Services and Adoption Center, we have before us a great opportunity to better serve the people and animals of Montgomery County and to become a recognized leader in humane governance and animal care. I know our Montgomery County team will make it happen! Our immediate priorities are to ensure the proper care and treatment of animals coming into the new Center and to offer exceptional customer service to everyone who calls or visits our Center. This will be a location where all of our animals are safe and feel comfort. Our goal will be to place animals in the best forever homes and increase programs to enable us to become a community resource for animal owners in Montgomery County. We will increase our pet licensing program, which will provide for lost animals to find a way home. We’ll provide a progressive field service program through education of animal owners and humane law enforcement. The challenges of animal overpopulation in our community will also be proactively addressed. It is our time to make a difference in Montgomery County. Every citizen is important to us and every animal matters to us at the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center.



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ABOUT US l Leave

MCPAW is an all-volunteer, registered 501(c)3 charitable, nonprofit organization working in a public/private partnership with Montgomery County to enhance and maintain the new state-of-the-art Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (ASAC).

Via this innovative public/private partnership, MCPAW is helping to create a facility to house and care for the county’s homeless and stray animals while they await new homes or are reunited with their owners. Dogs, cats, guinea pigs, bunnies, ferrets, reptiles, fish, birds, and even farm animals will all find the second chances they so desperately need.

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MCPAW has made a bold commitment to provide free spay/neuter services to every pet in Montgomery County. This goal and vision is critical to decreasing the numbers of unwanted animals. MCPAW will work diligently to raise the necessary funds to meet this goal. Please help us toward this lofty but attainable goal.

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Animal Cruelty, Abuse and Neglect

MCPAW is committed to helping stop animal cruelty, abuse and neglect. The MCPAW Animal Cruelty Reward program and our partnership with the Humane Society of the United States to offer rewards for reporting animal cruelty is just the first step MCPAW has taken to end animal abuse. Through education and by asking residents to ‘do the right thing’ and report cruelty abuse, neglect, MCPAW hopes to raise awareness and significantly reduce animal abuse.

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Pet to Go Hungry in Montgomery County

MCPAW is committed to ensuring no pet goes hungry in Montgomery County. We are in the planning stages of creating a Pet Food Pantry program that will provide free pet food to residents of Montgomery County in need.

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with an engraved message that will be forever displayed in the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center entrance walkway or in the outdoor classroom area. 4x8 brick $250. 8x8 brick $400.

While it is true that the ASAC is funded by Montgomery County government, there are many supplemental but important programs and services that MCPAW will sponsor and undertake.

MCPAW is pleased to partner with Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Police Department’s Animal Services Division to assist animals in need and to augment services and programs for the benefit of animals and residents in Montgomery County.

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There are many ways you can donate to MCPAW and also leave your mark on the new facility.

Have a bench with engraved bronze plaque placed on the ASAC grounds. Bench with engraved plaque $3000.

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CONTACT MCPAW Website: Email: Phone: 240-462-5000 Facebook: Twitter: @MCPAW

We are in the process of surveying possible partnerships with food banks, existing pet food programs and we are assessing geographic needs. A MCPAW Pet Food Pantry Program will be announced in the near future, but we need help and support to ensure we can meet this goal. l Education

Training on proper care and treatment of animals is another priority for MCPAW. Education of all ages, but especially of children, is the beginning of the end of animal cruelty and one of the most viable means to promote proper pet care. MCPAW’s hosting of the Veterinary/Pet Care Explorer Post and Club 7315 is our first educational program with others in the planning process.

Help Us!

We need your help to ensure this vision and these commitments become reality. Working together, we can provide hope and a better place for animals in Montgomery County. Please consider donating, volunteering or assisting however possible. You can make a difference.

a Donor

Donor and corporate sponsorship opportunities are available for those individuals or companies who wish to demonstrate a leadership position for helping animals in Montgomery County. Our Donor Board in the lobby of the new ASAC will recognize your donation and commitment for years to come. Details for the above are available at


In addition to the above programs, MCPAW has several ways you can donate and help animals in need. Please visit our website to see the many ways you can make a difference. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. Address for donations: 9613 Eldwick Way, Potomac, MD 20854. Please make checks payable to MCPAW. Include your contact information, including email address.


Whether you have a lot of time or just a little, there are ways you can get involved. Help MCPAW with planning and staffing events, organizing, fundraising, and more. You can make a difference.


Become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and share our pages with others. Sign up to receive updates from MCPAW and forward those messages to friends and family. Help us spread the word and make a difference for animals.

MCPAW Board of Directors Allan Cohen Chairman, MCPAW

February 2014

Raymond Coyle Kensington, MD

Kenneth Kelley Vice Chairman, MCPAW Silent Beacon Inc.

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Elizabeth Schiffmann Client Service Manager WealthEngine

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Dan C. DiCocco Treasurer, MCPAW Allstate Insurance

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Ellie Slotkin Dietitian and Healthcare Consultant

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Right Down The Street From The New Montgomery County Animal Services And Adoption Center. Come Visit Us! Low Cost Cat And Dog Spay/Neuter Program For County Residents: • Over 2,300 spay/neuter certificates issued since 2010 • 35% of certificates issued were free Chompers Monthly Pet Food Bank-Established In 2010: 2010 • Over 1,000 Montgomery County cat and dog owners served • More than 25% of participants are senior citizens • Distributed over 10 tons of free pet food Feline Adoption Center: • More than 1,000 cats and kittens have been adopted. • Our shelter has a home-like setting, with comfortable sitting rooms where you can visit with friendly cats and helpful counselors. • Almost fifty percent of the cats rescued last year were from the Montgomery County Municipal Animal Shelter.

Congratulations To Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center On Your New Facility. We Look Forward To Supporting You In The Future. Working Together To Help Save Animals Is What We Are All About.



These beautiful photos of AWLMC cats were taken by Marsha Liebl Professional Photographer and AWLMC volunteer

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A Fabulous, Safe and Healthy Environment for Pets and People

User-Friendly Adoption Looking for a new four-legged, fur or feather covered, family member? You may be able to find your perfect match at the new Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center.

shelter doubles the capacity for animals compared to the old shelter on Rothgeb Drive in Rockville.

David Dise, Director, Department of General Services of Montgomery County, provided additional details about the design and construction of the new shelter. “In delivering this much needed service to animals and adopting residents, the facility will employ energy efficient design elements such as an east-west axis to optimize daylighting that improves animal habitat and reduces heating/ cooling loads on the interior.

• An aviary

Other environmental design features include special storm water management features, such as permeable pavement and water runoff areas that blend with the landscaping. A vegetated roof is installed over the adoption areas, water efficient plumbing fixtures are throughout the building, as are energy efficient doors, windows and walls. The building chillers operate with magnetic bearings eliminating metal-to-metal contact, prolonging equipment life, improving efficiency and significantly reducing power consumption. Many building components are made from recycled and locally manufactured materials. The HVAC system is designed to provide twelve air changes per hour, which reduces the spread of odors and disease. Radiant floor heating provides added comfort for the animals.” The new Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center is a state- of-the-art facility with numerous features designed to create a comfortable, safe and welcoming environment for pets and people. The new February 2014

Special Features Here are just some of the special features of the new shelter: The first floor (over 30,000 sq ft) accommodates all animal care and housing areas and includes: • An on-site veterinary clinic • Indoor and outdoor classroom areas • Radiant floor heating in canine areas • A small-animal room • A reptile room • Showcases/playrooms for cats and dogs • HVAC systems provide twelve air changes per hour to help reduce odor and the spread of disease • Skylights and large windows increase daylight to most of the occupied spaces • Three public entrances: one for adoptions, one for other animal services, and one for after-hours educational activities

The seven-acre site offers: • A walking trail • Outdoor fenced exercise runs • A four-stall barn with chicken coops and fenced paddock The partial second floor is dedicated to office space and mechanical functions. David Dise summed up the impact of the new shelter, “This facility will be one that will serve the County’s human and animal residents for many, many years to come.”

The new Center is located at: 7315 Muncaster Mill Road Derwood, MD 20855

The Center plans to use an innovative program called “Meet Your MatchTM” to facilitate the adoption process for dogs and cats. Meet Your MatchTM, a science-based program designed by the ASPCA, evaluates each shelter animal’s behavior and personality traits and matches them to an adopter’s preferences and lifestyle (sort of like “eHarmonyTM” for pets!) Potential adopters fill out a simple survey and based upon their answers, they are matched to one of three color categories. These colors correspond to colors on each shelter animal’s living quarters, making it easy for adopters to see which animals are best suited to their lifestyle.



he new Animal Services and Adoption Center is a unique building modeling intelligent, efficient and sustainable design. The layout accommodates operations of the County’s Animal Services’ staff that receives animals, provides comprehensive health care services in an in-house veterinary clinic and then offers animals in an adoption area where skylights and large windows allow daylight to enhance the rooms. Special areas are provided for education and training, as well as appealing areas where families, seeking to adopt, may meet and interact with their potential family additions.

In keeping with national trends in shelter best practices, adoption policies at the new Center will be designed to be more “user-friendly,” while still working to ensure successful and safe adoptions. Most adoptions will take place without requiring a home visit. Many will even be able to bring their new friend home the same day.

Meet Your MatchTM has been shown to result in more successful adoptions, thereby reducing the number of animals returned to the shelter. “The key to developing successful adoptions lies in making good matches between adopters and pets, thus creating lasting bonds,” says Dr. Emily Weiss, the ASPCA’s senior director of agency behavior programs and developer of Meet Your MatchTM. The staff of the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center is excited about the potential for more dogs and cats to find forever homes with the help of this program. Embarking on a New Era for Animals






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THE CENTER The puppy pens provide great visibility for visitors and ample play areas for puppies. The barn provides stalls for horses, goats and livestock and a chicken coop. The lobby of the ASAC is warm and welcoming and host to the MCPAW donor wall.

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or most animal lovers, there’s nothing better than curling up in the living room with a dog at your feet or a cat purring on your lap. There’s no sweeter sight than a cat batting a toy around or a dog happily gnawing on a bone. Now, shelter animals awaiting homes will have their beds, bones, and living room at the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center. The staff at the brand new facility aims to meet the highest standards of care for shelter animals with behavioral enrichment and positive reinforcement training.

lets for natural behaviors, social interaction, and physical exercise, combined with scheduled periods of rest and quiet time. The Center’s staff and volunteers will implement this new philosophy to improve the daily lives of all animals in their care. Like people, animals can also become anxious, aggressive or depressed without outlets for their natural behavior. Daily enrichment not only makes shelter animals happier but also more adoptable.

Enrichment focuses on improving the quality of life for animals and on “strengthening the human-animal bond,” which is, in fact, part of the new Center’s mission statement. Care at the Center will include both mental and physical stimulation in the shelter residents’ daily routines. Behavioral enrichment will provide the animals with out-

The enrichment programs in the new Center will incorporate positive clicker training, where animals learn to associate a “click” sound with a treat or reward, pinpointing positive behaviors. Clicker training can be used for a wide variety of applications, from encouraging shy

Enrichment focuses on improving the quality of life for animals and on “strengthening the humananimal bond.”

cats to be more interactive to teaching rabbits to come when called. In a shelter environment where dogs often become easily stressed and over-stimulated, clicker trainers can give treats and attention to dogs that are quiet and calm, reinforcing and encouraging those behaviors. Clicker training also unites the animal and human, according to Kathy Sdao, associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, author, and animal trainer. “There are two sides to the click: what happens before and what happens after,” she says. “What happens immediately before the click is a behavior the trainer would like to strengthen. What happens after is an event the animal would like to strengthen, such as receiving food. The click unites the two desires.”

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The plan to create an enriching environment at the Center not only improves animals’ mental wellbeing, but it could have a great impact on physical health.


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The Center staff has numerous ideas for further enriching the daily lives ves of the animals in their care. As humans, we experience our world primarmarily through sight, but dogs “see” with their noses far more than we can comprehend. So the Center staff and volunteers plan to implement “noseosework”, a game for dogs where they search and identify different scents. Because dogs are natural foragers for food, hollow toys filled with peanut butter or cheese will also be used to provide mental stimulation.

It’s finally final happening. Millions of Americans are beginning tto realize what wonderful pets are available at shelters shelte and rescue groups. Yes, purebreds are available at these facilities, but it’s wonderful to see how many ma people are beginning to understand, appreciate and value the mixed breed.

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Rabbits, mice and gerbils, like all mammals, are social creaturess that require interaction and exercise for mental health, so they will be given equipment uipment (such ell. as tunnels and toys) and opportunities for daily enrichment as well. The plan to create an enriching environment at the Center not only improves hysical health. animals’ mental wellbeing, but it could have a great impact on physical

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Meet the Management

of the New Animal Services and Adoption Center l Mary

Healey, Director

Mary Healey has over 20 years of experience in animal services and welfare. In addition to serving as Executive Director of the Washington Humane Society, she also served as Director of the District of Columbia Animal Control Agency. Healey has also been a sanctuary manager for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Director of Caddo Parish Animal Control in Shreveport, Louisiana. For the last seven years, Healey has worked for the American Plant Food Company in various management and executive roles. Healey holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Production from Pennsylvania State University. Healey, a longtime resident of Montgomery County, lives in Bethesda with her twoand four-legged family.

l Katherine Walker, Shelter Manager

Katherine Walker has worked in the animal health and welfare field for much of the past 18 years. A graduate of the NY State Peace Officer Academy, Walker previously served as the Senior Cruelty Investigator and Field Services Manager for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Tompkins County, NY. Prior to law enforcement, she was a Placement Coordinator and live-in Caregiver at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY working with farm animals rescued from abuse and neglect. Walker worked for several years as a Veterinary Technician at Wickford Veterinary Clinic in North Kingstown, RI. She has formal training in wildlife rehabilitation, disaster response and technical rescue. Walker holds a BS Degree in Animal and Veterinary Science from the University of Rhode Island.

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Darling Norris, Executive Administrative Assistant and Customer Service Supervisor

Debbie Norris has lived in Montgomery County for more than 40 years. She honed her executive and customer service skills during her previous career as a travelindustry executive. Norris also worked for six years in the police department’s Traffic Division School Safety Unit. She is a member and former vice president of the Montgomery County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). l Katherine

Zenzano, Community Outreach Coordinator

Katherine Zenzano brings over eight years of experience in sheltering and animal care to the position of Outreach Coordinator. Her background includes

animal behavior and training; non-profit development; community education; rescue coordinating; and volunteer management and training.Zenzano once pursued a career in advertising account management. After volunteering and fostering with several animal welfare organizations, she decided to change her career focus, eventually joining the staff of the Washington Humane Society (WHS) in Washington D.C. She worked in the administrative offices, in the behavior department as a certified dog trainer and eventually as the Cat Behavior Manager. In addition to her experience at WHS, Zenzano also oversaw the behavior and training program at the SPCA of Anne Arundel County. l Taleah Parker, Volunteer Coordinator

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sector for more than three years at the nonprofit, local and state levels. Parker holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Baltimore and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health Education from the University of Maryland. l Beth

Mullen, Behavior Evaluation Specialist

Beth Mullen is a graduate of the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy positive-reinforcement dog training program and is a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge-Assessed. In addition to working with private clients and several local veterinary practices, Mullen was an animal trainer for the Montgomery County Humane Society. Previously, she was a patient coordinator for E. Kathryn Meyer, V.M.D., at the Veterinary Behavior Clinic in Gaithersburg. Mullen has also been a volunteer with the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, the Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, D.C. and with the non-profit Your Dog’s Friend in Rockville. During her career, she has worked in media and public relations for organizations including the Washington National Cathedral and U.S. News and World Report.


Members of the community will be leaving their creative mark on the new Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC) by being a part of MCPAW’s Pet Showcase Design Challenge. MCPAW created this contest to promote the new facility, as well as encourage adoptions and provide enjoyment and comfort to the shelter animals. Fifteen teams committed to making these rooms warm and wonderful for dogs and cats up for adoption. Each team submitted a design concept and from there, one finalist was chosen for each of the showcases. Those selected now get to make their concepts a reality. Dogs will enjoy themes of a Sports Cave, Nursery, Glam/Diva Dog, and Dr. Seuss. Felines will explore a Home-Sweet-Home theme, as well as Jungle Safari, Nature, Shoe Boutique and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

hand in their short lives. MCPAW and the design teams will bring these pets a little piece of home and comfort as they wait for a new family and a forever home.

Leave A Legacy Whether in honor of a beloved pet, family or company, add a brick with your custom message to the entrance or the courtyard at the new Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center.

And you too can play a role by voting for your favorite showcase during the ASAC Ribbon Cutting and Tour on March 1. MCPAW’s Design Challenge was an opportunity to make a difference for animals that most likely have been dealt a rough


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The Veterinary/Pet Care Explorer Post and Club 7315 HOSTED BY MCPAW

The MCPAW Explorer programs will offer students handson experiences in veterinary science, veterinary medicine, animal health, proper pet care, animal law and enforcement, as well as offering animal-related volunteer opportunities in the community. Explorer Post and Club 7315 are the first and only Exploring programs in the DC Metro area with this focus.

The Explorer Post is for students age 14 – 20. The Explorer Club is comprised of youth in 6th – 8th grade. Adult Advisors, 21 years or older, are also needed.

For more information on the Explorer Post and Club 7315 hosted by MCPAW, contact Donald Kilgore, Potomac District Director, 301-379-9816 or

The purpose of these programs is not only to give the students experience in an animal-related career field they are interested in pursuing, but also to teach them to be excellent pet owners.

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Students looking to pursue a career in veterinary science, veterinary medicine, animal care or who just want to volunteer to work with thee animals, are invited to join the new ew Explorer programs hosted by MCPAW (Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being). Explorer Posts and Clubs are a division of the Boy Scouts of America and exist across the US to give male and female students the opportunity to explore various professions.

The MCPAW Explorer programs will offer students hands on experiences in veterinary science, veterinary medicine, animal health, proper pet care and more.

MCPAW’S PURPLE CARE A Senior-to-Senior Program

Made possible by the Leonard and Hilda Kaplan Charitable Foundation.


Senior citizens often face economic barriers that either force them to give up a beloved cat or prevent them from adopting a cat.

l FACT: Senior cats in shelters often have longer waits to

find new forever homes.

l FACT: Sharing life with a pet can improve quality of life

by affording companionship and love.

A new innovative program created by MCPAW and funded by the Kaplan Foundation: Purple Care.

Purple Care will allow many senior citizens in Montgomery County to keep their beloved pet or to adopt a senior cat from the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center and have the cat food, veterinary care and adoption fees paid through Purple Care. This senior-to-senior program, by covering pet expens-

MCPAW will place purple ribbons on the cat condos of the eligible cats age 6 or older at the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center. Residents of Montgomery County age 65 and older are eligible for the program. Purple Care will be marketed to the senior community in Montgomery County to encourage adoptions of Purple Care-eligible cats that make great companions.

Details for the Purple Care program are available on MCPAW’s website, This win-win, love-love program is funded by a grant from the Leonard and Hilda Kaplan Charitable Foundation.


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es, which are often a significant barrier to pet ownership, will allow many senior citizens to keep their beloved pets. It will also promote the adoption of senior cats in need of a loving home. There is no question that this program will deliver improved quality of life for both senior partners.

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econd Chance Wildlife Center accepts injured, orphaned, ill and distressed wildlife — all species of wild birds, opossums, squirrels, rabbits, ground hogs, bats, and native reptiles and amphibians. The center does not have a permit to rehabilitate foxes, raccoons or deer. It is always advisable to call before bringing an animal to the Center. The Center charges no admission or other fees, but donations in support of its work are gratefully accepted. Second Chance cares for about 3,500 ill, injured, and orphaned wild animals each year. Twenty percent of its patients are brought to the center by Montgomery County Animal Services officers and animal officers from other agencies in the County. Second Chance staff also frequently aid the animal shelter and its officers with advice and guidance on wildlife matters. At Second Chance, animal patients are given comprehensive intake examinations, during which the nature and extent of their illnesses/injuries are assessed. Under the direction of a pro bono wildlife veterinarian, individual treatment plans are designed and administered, and

progress is monitored. The goal for each animal is to release it back to the wild once it is able to survive on its own. For every animal admitted to the center, many more are aided through calls and emails to the center, through outreach events and programs, and in direct conversations with visitors to the center. Each day — and nearly constantly during the busy spring and summer months — center staff and volunteers respond to people’s requests for information on helping wild animals, counsel them on avoiding conflicts with wild animals in a humane manner, and help them understand the wildlife that share our communities.

For additional information on the Center, visit 7101 Barcellona Drive, Gaithersburg, Maryland 301-926-WILD 9am to 5pm 365 days per year



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Horses! Horses! Horses! Approximately 10,000 Horses in Montgomery County


With approximately 10,000 horses, Montgomery County has one of the highest concentrations of horses per square mile of any county in the United States. Horses are a key component in the county’s agricultural economy and are an integral part of Montgomery County’s extended animal community. The new Animal Services and Adoption Center has a new livestock barn that can accommodate horses, if needed. (The barn will also provide temporary residence for chickens, pigs, goats and other livestock that are lost or up for adoption.) With over 87 licensed stables, Montgomery County offers unrivaled opportunity to enjoy horses including trail riding, riding lessons, therapeutic riding, and a full array of equestrian competition. The Maryland Horse Industry Board invites you to discover all the horse related activities that are available in Montgomery County. For more information about where to ride or enjoy horses in Montgomery County, visit or call 410-841-5798 for a free copy of The Official Guide to Maryland’s Licensed Stables.

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Indoor and Outdoor Zoos Birthday Parties • Reptiles • Safari Zoos • Picnics Family Reunions • Community Festivals • Fund Raisers and everything in between


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to tie, tether or chain a dog for more than two hours in any 24 hour period.*

l It is illegal to tie, tether or chain a

dog between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.*

l According to Maryland law, all

animals must have shelter and protection from the weather… this includes horses and livestock. Maryland law states “any person having charge or custody of an animal must provide: Nutritious food in sufficient quantity, necessary veterinary care, proper drink, air, space, shelter and protection from the weather.”

l It is illegal to allow a dog to travel

loose in the back of a truck or open-bed vehicle.*

l Montgomery County has an

“at-large” ordinance which requires dogs to be leashed when off their owner’s property.* Exceptions exist only for service dogs and dogs inside a dog park designated by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

l Montgomery County has a

defecation law that requires pet owners to immediately clean up after their pet.*

l All dogs and cats four months of

age or older must have a current rabies vaccination.

l All dogs and cats must have a

Montgomery County pet license.*

l It is illegal to tie or tether a cat at

any time.*

* Please note that these regulations may not be applicable within the city limits of Rockville and Gaithersburg. Please check with the animal control department within these jurisdictions for specific applicable regulations.


License, please.


he Animal Services Division is responsible for managing pet licensing in Montgomery County*. Montgomery County law requires that all dogs and cats four months of age or older must have a current rabies vaccination and a County pett license. A pet license is required even n if the dog or cat remains exclusively on the owner’s property, resides exclusively indoors or lives on a farm. If citizens fail to license their pets, they ey can be subject to significant fines. The rabies tag provided by a veterinarian is not the same thing as a County license — the license must be purchased separately.

Buying a license for your pet isn’t just the law – it can save your pet’s life. If your pet is lost, a license tag on your pet’s collar is the fastest way to contact you when your pet is found. If an Animal Services Officer is called to pick up a pet running loose and the animal is wearing its County-issued license tag, the officer can identify the animal and in some cases, may be able to quickly return your pet to your home rather than bringing it into the shelter. Last year, 979 lost pets were reunited with their owners.


l It is illegal in Montgomery County




In addition to providing easy identification for lost pets, pet licensing fees help support the County’s Animal Services programs for homeless, abused and neglected animals; protect the community from rabies; and encourage responsible pet ownership. For more information, please call 240-773-5660.

*Please note that if you live within the city limits of Rockville or Gaithersburg your licensing is not managed by the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center. Please check with your jurisdiction for their licensing procedures.

THANK YOU! MCPAW would like to thank the following for their generous support of the opening of the Animal Services and Adoption Center: 4935 Restaurant | AJDJ Services | Alex Stergiou, Event Planner | Bakery de France | Bell Nursery Beyond Meat | Color Pop Pictures | EBinc Events Emily Abril Photography | Gaithersburg Party Rental | Unipark Valet

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How to Make a Difference for Animals


nimals can’t talk and they can’t defend themselves. Animals depend on us to protect them and to treat them humanely. Sadly, in today’s world, that does not always happen. No matter how old you are, no matter how busy you are, you can make a difference for animals.

n Do the Right Thing: Report

Animal Cruelty, Abuse, Neglect We can make laws, regulations and institute fines to promote proper care and treatment of animals but these measures are only as strong as the people willing to do the right thing and report animal abuse, neglect and cruelty. If you know of an animal that is not being cared for properly or being abused…do the right thing and report it. Call 911: l If there is animal abuse or cruelty in progress

l If

there is an animal in immediate danger such as in a trap or a hot locked car

Call 301-279-8000: l If

you see a sick or injured animal or one that appears abandoned

l If you want to report an animal that is not

being cared for properly

l If

you see an animal in distress due to weather

l If

you see an animal without proper shelter or water

You can remain anonymous. …and you can make a difference.

n Be Educated

l Know

the laws designed to protect animals in Montgomery County.

n Adopt

If you are considering adding a four-legged member to your family, consider adopting. There are wonderful animals in need of a loving home at the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center, as well as at other area shelters and rescue groups.

n Volunteer

Congratulates the Montgomery County Animal Control Division on the successful completion and opening of their new Animal Services & Adoption Center As a reminder to all residents within the City of Rockville corporate limits: • All dogs and cats over 4 months of age must be currently vaccinated for rabies • All dogs over 4 months must be licensed with the City • All dogs must be leashed unless certified as Off-Leash • Owners are required to clean-up after their pets • The King Farm Dog Park is available to City residents only

to MCPAW’s Pet Food Pantry to ensure no pet goes hungry in Montgomery County.

n Pledge

n Foster

ty Animal Services and Adoption Center. VolunteerMCASAC@montgomery

l Volunteer with MCPAW to assist their Pet

l Research animal welfare or rescue groups


l Donate

l Volunteer at the new Montgomery Coun-

l Practice, teach and advocate humane treat-


to MCPAW’s Spay/Neuter Fund and help us prevent unwanted animals.

Take the pledge to be a MCPAW Animal Advocate on MCPAW’s Facebook page and make a difference for animals.

Food Pantry program, to help with events and fundraising and other MCPAW activities.

ment of all animals in your home and family.

l Donate

There are numerous ways you can volunteer your time or your talents to help animals:

why spaying and neutering is important for preventing unwanted animals.

l Know

n Donate

and assist with their mission.

Foster a pet while they await adoption for a local rescue group.

n Get Involved

There are numerous animal welfare and rescue organizations in Montgomery County. Research and get involved to help animals.

You can make a difference for animals.





Further information is available at: 2 W. Montgomery Avenue Rockville, Maryland 20850 240-314-8937 1905641

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Help MCPAW Feed Hungry Pets



When a person or family has an economic crisis, when a person goes on social security and must adjust to a fixed lower income, or when unexpected bills arrive, household pets can suffer. Sometimes pet food is suddenly not in the budget and the pet goes hungry. And far too often, the pet is surrendered to a shelter causing emotional trauma to the family members, especially children.

Spay or neutering your pet can be the single best decision you make for his/her long-term welfare. Getting your pet spayed or neutered can:

MCPAW is committed to ensuring no pet goes hungry in Montgomery County.

l Reduce the number of un-

The MCPAW Pet Food Pantry… Coming Soon

wanted and homeless pets

l Improve your pet’s health

MCPAW is currently conducting a survey on available pet food bank programs in Montgomery County and is designing the MCPAW Pet Food Pantry to augment current programs to ensure no pet goes hungry. Please check the MCPAW website (www.MCPAW. org) for announcement of the MCPAW Pet Food Pantry with distribution sites and emergency pet food service.

the MCPAW Pet Food Pantry. Contact Ellie Trueman -

MCPAW welcomes donations and volunteers to assist with the launch and administration of

MCPAW is committed to ensuring no pet goes hungry in Montgomery County.

l Reduce unruly behavior l

Benches with custom brass plaques and custom engraved bricks are just two means to show you care about animals. Help MCPAW make a difference; donate, volunteer, visit and select a means to help.

Save on the cost of pet care

Help MCPAW meet our goal of providing free spay neuter services in Montgomery County. Donate to MCPAW’s free spay neuter fund.

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Animal Emergencies and Complaints

Calls to report animal complaints and emergencies in Montgomery County are answered by Montgomery County Police Emergency Communications Center or MC311 call takers.

To report animal-related emergencies: 911 l l l l

Animal attacks in progress An animal locked in a hot car An animal in immediate danger Animal cruelty in progress

To report animal-related concerns: 301-279-8000, the police non-emergency number lA

sick or injured animal or one that appears abandoned l An animal neglect situation l An animal at large l An animal in distress due to severe weather conditions (animals without shelter or water) l An animal threatening the well-being of a community member (not in-progress) l An animal bite/attack (not in-progress) l An animal nuisance such as a barking dog or not cleaning up after a pet

To report a dead deer or other dead animals (the size of a possum or larger,) along the roadway: 311- the MC311 Information Center l


Call 311 (or 240-777-0311 from cell phone), Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To report a dead animal on a 24/7 basis, use the MC311 website:

To reach the new MC Animal Services and Adoption Center: 240-773-5900 l l l l

Pet adoptions To report a lost pet Pet licensing Other animal sheltering matters

To reach the police Animal Services Division: 240-773-5925 l l l l


To speak with an Animal Services Officer Follow up on a previously reported animal-related complaint Inquire about the Animal Matters Hearing Board Ask about rabies vaccination clinics

Embarking on a New Era for Animals Executive Editor, Ellie Trueman

Designer, Anna Joyce/The Gazette

MCPAW would like to thank the following for their assistance with this publication: Assistant Chief Betsy Davis | Lucille Baur | Allan Cohen | Sean Coleman | Colleen Fishter Mary Healey | Patrick Lacefield | Captain Michael Wahl And a special thank you to all the businesses/advertisers who made this publication possible. Produced in cooperation with The Gazette (This publication did not involve The Gazette’s newsrooms.) Advertising Director Mona Bass | Creative Director Anna Joyce

Thank you for caring for our animal friends!

The Gazette commends MCPAW for its efforts in establishing Montgomery County’s new Animal Services and Adoption Center. February 2014

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