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Humane Society of Somerset County, Maryland


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A small group of concerned residents formed the Humane Society when they saw a need to manage Somerset County's growing number of stray cats. Today the organization is a network of members and volunteers who care for rescued and ownerless animals and who find homes for adoptable cats and dogs.

Population Control

We control overpopulation by trapping and sterilizing feral animals. We release the animals in safe places where they receive proper care. We also partner with local veterinarians to conduct low-cost spay and neuter clinics.

Animal Rescue

We respond daily to concerns ranging from lost pets to suspected animal cruelty. We are "first responders" in the rescue and care of companion animals in Somerset County.

It’s The Little Lights That Count

We are committed to preventing cruelty to animals, eliminating pet overpopulation and enhancing the lives of all of the animals that come into our care.

We provide important services to county residents. We provide free and low cost sterilizations and vaccinations averaging over 1,000 animal sterilizations for each of the past four years. We help with emergency vet care for low income families and relocate nuisance cats to our cat sanctuary. We rescue injured cats and dogs and find homes for abandoned animals. We operate a network of foster families for both nursing mothers and kittens. We operate a small no-kill shelter and hospital for sick animals. We manage a 300 cat sanctuary for homeless and non adoptable cats. We rescue hundreds of animals each year.

Our county is one of the smallest and has the lowest median income in the state. It is made up of mostly rural agriculture and maritime communities. We rely on grants and donations and conduct fundraising events and adoption events. We collect aluminum cans for recycling, operate a weekend flea-market and host occasional bingo games to raise critical operating funds which support our animal shelter and rescue operations. The Humane Society of Somerset County, Inc. is run entirely by volunteers.

Our primary goal is to reduce the overall population of homeless and abandoned animals in a humane way and to reduce the animal and human suffering that prevails with this situation. Our trap-neuter-and-return program (TNR) is very successful. Combined with our community cat sterilization program it is actively reducing the over-population of feral cats in our entire county. We also strive to reduce the possibility of serious disease outbreaks from both pets and homeless animals in our communities. We are dedicated to providing education on how to treat minor animal diseases to improve animal welfare.

We are an all a volunteer group ranging in age from 17 to 90 years. Each one of us is fully committed to the mission of the Humane Society. We are dedicated to the protection of all of the animals in our county so that they are free from abuse and neglect. We are now—and will continue to be—a no-kill organization and we are a model for others to follow.

Many of the animals who find their way to us have been abandoned or failed by humans multiple times. Our goal and mission is to rescue and care for them and find them good loving homes. Failure is not an option for our society.


Mailing Address:
PO Box 493
Princess Anne, MD 21853

Phone: 410-651-2424

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

Feral Cat TNR Program
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
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Rescue Groups
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Foster Care
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs
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Pet Retention
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Medical and Behavior Programs
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Public Relations/Community Involvement
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Volunteers
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Proactive Redemptions
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A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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