By Joanna Sperapani
Elm Staff Writer
For many years, The Humane Society of Kent County (HSKC) has been the local voice for animals, opening its doors to any lost furry friend that comes its way. The organization is the main Eastern Shore source for animal activism and information, offering both cats and dogs for adoption.
The non-profit charity’s 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 HSKC has made some changes, recently hiring a new president, Richard Keaveney, the previous owner of Poor Richard’s. There are also new services, including regular pet therapy, humane education, spaying and neutering, a lost and found program, microchipping, and dog licensing. Additionally, there will be access to an in-house vet, grooming, and obedience training. These will be available for animals outside of the shelter, and the proceeds from the services will benefit animals that have not yet been adopted.
Only a third of the society’s budget comes from the government, and the rest comes from “fees for service and private donations from generous citizens.” This means that the HSKC depends on the community to survive.
Recently, the American Shakespeare Center performed “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” at Washington College, and a local shelter dog named Ross played the role of Crab. Ross and two other dogs, Yogi and Tater Tot, were available after the show for adoption. This is just an example of the many events put on by the shelter to encourage the well-known mantra ‘adopt not shop.’ That night Yogi found a new home.
If any students are looking for ways to get involved in other ways besides adoption, the on-campus club Animal Impact is one way to help out. The club takes weekly shelter trips to the organization to volunteer with the animals, and sponsors other fun events, such as bringing the adoptable pets to campus for stress relief during finals week. The club also puts on events that raises funds for the HSKC and promotes adoption.
On 10720 Augustine Herman Highway in Chestertown, the HSKC is open from 11-4 p.m. every day besides Wednesdays, when their hours run from 2-7 p.m. Their phone number is 410-778-3684 and their email is email@example.com. They also have a FaceBook page, Humane Society of Kent County Md, that you can like and follow.