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Note from the President...

As I try to artfully arrange pumpkins, gourds, and mums on my porch like in all those decorator magazines, I can hardly believe it’s nearly the end of October!  And although the tomato and pepper plants are slowing down, not so our work at the AWLFC!  

We held our 2nd Community Pet Day the first weekend of October at which we provided low cost vaccines for dogs and cats, vouchers for low cost canine spay and neutering, and a collar exchange.  We had a lot of great folks from around the community to help us and the turn-out was great for both dogs and cats!   

With a cold winter predicted and colder nights already here, we’re thinking about feral/community cats and have been busy getting shelter kits ready for sale.  If you have a community cat that will need shelter from the cold, call our office to arrange purchasing a kit for only $25. 

And oh my gosh, we’re gearing up for the HOLIDAYS, too!  We’ll soon be selling dog and cat stockings, wrapping gifts at Barnes and Nobles, and taking holiday photos of pets at Petsmart.  All to support the work we do in our foster, trap/neuter/release, and community outreach programs.  Stay tuned to our web site and Face Book page for more information on our holiday activities, and of course to keep up with what’s going on with our foster cats and kittens. 

On behalf of the animals and our volunteers who care for them, thank you for your support.

Deb Depaul
Animal Welfare League of Frederick County
Let’s Hear it for Donna and the Community Pet Day Volunteers!!!!

On October 5, 2014 I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be involved in Community Pet Day, sponsored by AWLFC.  This event, held at Ballanger Creek Park, provided low cost distemper and rabies vaccines as well as microchips and deworming services to dogs and cats of Frederick County.  Spay and neuter certificates were issued for pit bull and pit bull mix dogs.  There was also free behavior counseling, as well as a choke and prong collar trade in.  The lives of many dogs and cats, as well as their owners, were enriched by this event.  I was overwhelmed when I looked around and saw the wagging tails and heard the barking, whining and meowing patients we were helping.  Everywhere you looked you could see a happy, kind volunteer patiently explaining the process to owners and administering care to the patients.  Numerous people expressed how helpful this event was in educating them on behavior issues, as well as aiding them in keeping their pets healthy.  Obviously an event of this magnitude was the end result of many people’s time and talents.  However, the woman who spear-headed the Community Pet Day, Donna Schadel, deserves some special praise.  Her total dedication to pets and families of all types was evident by the attention to detail that made Community Pet Day run so smoothly.  There was not one dog fight, escaped cat or injured owner or volunteer the entire day.  That speaks for itself, considering many of the dogs were pit bulls!  Donna took the time and energy to think of a logical process to provide both the cat and dog services.  She also took the time to recruit capable, knowledgeable volunteers.  These people gave up their Sunday to help her because they respect her and her efforts.  Donna’s innate knowledge of animal behavior made the day a total success.  Community Pet Day would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of many people.  In my opinion these volunteers are what make AWLFC such a strong, vibrant and effective organization.  I have had the absolute pleasure of working with Donna for five years as the foster coordinator for AWLFC.  I have seen her put the health and well being of cats and dogs above her own happiness countless times.  After participating in the Community Pet Day and experiencing first hand how well-run, thoughtful and effective the event was, I wanted to take a minute to let everyone know how proud I am to be one of her recruits!

Dr. Susan D. Moxley
Dr. Sara F. Hoewing
Vet Trek LLC

A  note of thanks

This past Sunday I attended Community Pet Day with my four legged side kick, Peyton. I wanted to take a minute to write you and let you know how truly grateful Peyton and I are for the volunteers that helped make this event possible. Everyone we interacted with Sunday was so helpful and enthusiastic. It was heartwarming to watch the volunteers interact with the dogs. I cannot say thank you enough for providing our community with such an awesome opportunity to have our pets taken care of for such an affordable price. I can honestly say that each volunteer made us feel like they were over the moon about us attending the event. You all are making such a difference in our community and you are so deeply appreciated. If there is ever anything that I can help your organization with, PLEASE do not hesitate to let me know. Thank you again :)
Katie and Peyton

We would like to thank the following people

These are the names of the Dog Trainers who volunteered at Community Pet Day.

Kim Yocklin
Canine Character

Jeni Grant
Train Your Best Friend

Heather Cole
Pop Star Dogs

We would also like to thank ALL the volunteers who donated their time to this event.  Without you it wouldn't of happened.  Thank You So Much!
Gallery of Pictures From Community Pet Day
A clinic will be held November 7, 2014 for those needing financial assistance to get their cats sterilized and vaccinated. Fees are spay: $70, neuter: $60, pain medication: $10; rabies vaccination: $10, distemper: $15.

*PLEASE NOTE: Rabies and Distemper vaccinations are only available in conjunction with the spay/neuter program. They are not available as individual services at this time.

You may download the Spay/Neuter Registration and Information Form, or call 301-663-5855 for information or to schedule an appointment. Clinics fill fast!

Appointments are required.

Car Donation Programs:

Do you have a vehicle - car, truck, van, boat, RV, motorcycle, jet ski or snowmobile that you no longer use? If so, please consider donating it to the Animal Welfare League. We have arrangements with two companies who handle all aspects of the vehicle transfer transaction. And by all aspects, we mean ALL aspects - free pick-up (whether our vehicle is running or not), processing of all Dept. of Motor Vehicle paperwork, itemizations for the IRS, etc.  Read more

The Animal Welfare League's adoption center is open Saturday from 12:00pm - 5:00pm and Sunday from 12:00pm - 4:00pm. Evening, and weekday visits can be arranged by appointment by calling 301-663-5855
Click here to view some of our pets ready for adoption
Food Drive Fills AWLFC Food Bank
All food donations at the Urbana Pike PetSmart on September 13th went to fill our food bank.   This resulted in approximately 1200 units of dog and cat food becoming available to support Frederick County animals in need.  Many thanks to PetSmart and its patrons!!!
Adopting a kitten can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. It can also be one of the most challenging. Kittenhood spans from birth to one year of age, with the first six weeks of life being particularly impacting to her development.  Read more
Zoey! President of Bed Hogs Unlimited, Adoption Center Watch Group and the Welcoming Committee. Stop by our East Gate location and have a meet and greet with our Zoey. His adoption fees have been paid in full.
Check our website for dates and times for our annual Christmas Pics for Pets Event at Petsmart.  
Hi, my name is Clover and my story begins as a tiny five week old kitten being found all alone on a construction site. I was very scared and very sick. My one eye was partially closed due to a nasty cold. Two construction workers were kind enough to give me a ride to the animal shelter. At the shelter they happen to stand behind my foster mom who was there to pick up a dog for a more
Bugs is a very sweet, silly boy who loves to hold your face in his paws and give kisses… He loves to play with his siblings, eat, and be with his humans. Read more.
Hi, I’m Lily.  I was trapped in Brunswick because the people thought I was feral, but I surprised them and was really friendly but scared.  I’ve been living in a great foster home with two great kitten boys and really like it there but it’s time for me to look for my own place and my own people. Read more
On National Feral Pet Day (October 11th), AWLFC provided our community with an opportunity to learn about caring for feral cats, including the Trap/Neuter/Release program.  This program is a humane and effective means of stabilizing feral cat colonies.  Low cost outdoor enclosure kits were available for purchase, and the Food Bank was open to help volunteers with care of the cats.  We have Feral House Kits still  available.   Stop in our East Gate location to purchase your kit.  
I dragged myself to the people's house and was rushed to the ER. After being looked at, I was confined to a carrier for 6 or 7 days with 2 trips daily to the ER to have my bladder more
Hi, my name is Boots.  My twin brother and I were just a few weeks old when we were rescued.  Because we were little and scared we didn’t have a very good chance at the shelter so we were really happy when we went to a foster home. Our foster mom says we were the neatest kittens she’s ever more
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