Animal Wellbeing


Our Animal Well-Being program provides food, amenities, shelter and medical care to animals in the Shelter and throughout Montgomery County.

Pet Food Pantry

 

Feed the Ferals

 

Amenities
& Toys

 

Veterinary Medical Fund

When a person or family deals with economic hardships, household pets can suffer. Here at MCPAW, we are committed to ensuring no pet goes hungry in Montgomery County. As a part of the Pet Food Pantry, we actively accept donations of pet food and make it available to residents in need. The Pantry is located adjacent to our store within the Adoption Center. In the past year, our program distributed over 20,000 pounds of pet food to residents in need! 

 

Through Feed the Ferals, MCPAW provides donated cat food to volunteer feral colony managers, and in winter, we distribute donated bales of straw so colony managers can provide shelter and warmth to cats during uncomfortable and dangerous weather conditions.

 

MCPAW provides the Shelter with necessary amenities to counter the effects of kennel stress and to help maintain the physical and emotional well-being of resident animals while they wait to be adopted, including:

  • Long-lasting chews for daily distribution to dogs to provide mental and physical stimulation;
  • Cat scratchers for cat cages to provide an outlet for stretching and scratching;
  • Kool Kurtains for outdoor runs to provide shade and protection from the elements;
  • Privacy slats for outdoor runs to reduce dog anxiety;
  • Fencing for outdoor dog play areas to allow for socialization and exercise;
  • Calming aids to provide comfort to the animals; and
  • Behavior and training aids to enhance adoptability.
 

Through our Veterinary Medical Fund, MCPAW provides the funds necessary for adoptable animals that need specialized life-saving veterinary treatment, such as surgery, that cannot be covered by the Shelter’s budget.

 

Community Action


Through our Community Action programs and participation in many community events, MCPAW educates and engages the public on the humane treatment of animals, responsible pet ownership, the benefits of spay/neuter, and the importance of licensing and micro-chipping pets.

Education & Outreach

We believe that education about animal welfare should start at an early age.  MCPAW Education & Outreach searches for ways to target younger age groups and instill in them a love for animals and a sense of responsibility to treat them humanely.  Some of our youth-related educational activities include speaking to children in local elementary schools and training on the proper care and treatment of animals.  Additional activities include:

 

SpayItForward Junior Teams

Organizing a SpayItForward Junior Team of high school students…  

 

Charter Colonies & Classrooms

Launching our Charter Colonies & Classrooms program that pairs middle schools with MCPAW Charter Colonies…

 

The MCPAW Explorer program gives students experience in animal-related career fields and teaches them to be excellent pet owners.  The program includes the Explorer Post and Explorer Club.

The Explorer Club is designed for boys and girls in 6th to 8th grade.  Explorer Post is for students age 14 to 20.  The programs offer students hands-on experiences in veterinary science, veterinary medicine, animal health, animal law/enforcement, and proper pet care.  In addition, MCPAW offers animal-related volunteer opportunities in the community.  Adult advisors, 21 years or older, are also needed.

Explorer Posts and Clubs are a division of the Boy Scouts of America and have been formed across the US to give students the opportunity to explore various professions.  The MCPAW Explorer Post and Club 7315 is the first and only Exploring program in the DC Metro area with an animal welfare focus.

If you are interested in joining one of the MCPAW Explorer programs, please contact Donald Kilgore, Potomac District Director, at 301-379-9816 or Donald.Kilgore@Scouting.org.

Explorer Program


Promoting Adoption


MCPAW actively promotes the adoption of animals within the MoCo Shelter.  In addition, MCPAW funds two programs to encourage the adoption of “harder to adopt” animals.  These are senior cats and dogs (age 9 and older) and those with medical conditions.  By offering extra incentives to potential pet owners, MCPAW can help these animals, that are often overlooked, find loving homes.

PurpleCare for Cats

 

AmberCare
for Dogs

 

Loyal Companion Medical Grant for Senior Citizens

 

Loyal Companion Medical Grant for Special Needs Dogs and Cats

PurpleCare is a special program to encourage adoption of senior cats (age 9 and older).  PurpleCare participants receive a variety of special benefits, including:

  • No adoption fee ($112.00 value = FREE)
  • First-year license fee waived ($112.00 value = FREE)
  • PurpleCare Kit (includes items such as starter litter box, food samples and a toy, up to a $25.00 value = FREE)

PLUS, an added bonus for Senior Citizens.  All PurpleCare participants aged 65 and older are eligible to apply for a one-time veterinary care grant of up to $500.00.

 

AmberCare is a special program to encourage adoption of senior dogs (age 9 and older).  AmberCare participants receive a variety of special benefits, including:

  • No adoption fee ($112.00 value = FREE)
  • First-year license fee waived ($112.00 value = FREE)
  • AmberCare Kit (includes items such as starter bed, food samples and a toy, up to a $25.00 value = FREE)

PLUS, an added bonus for Senior Citizens.  All AmberCare participants aged 65 and older are eligible to apply for a one-time veterinary care grant of up to $500.00.

 

The Loyal Companion Senior Citizen Grant allows senior residents of Montgomery County age 65+, who have adopted a pet from the MCASAC, to apply for a medical grant of up to $500 toward the cost of treating an abnormal medical condition diagnosed in their adopted pet. The grant applicant must adopt the pet from the MCASAC and a licensed veterinarian must diagnose the pet with a condition he/she deems abnormal. The grant is also awarded if the medical treatment for the pet creates a financial hardship for the grant applicant. The grant program is designed to achieve two objectives: increase the adoption of pets from the MCASAC by senior citizens and prevent pets from being returned to the MCASAC due to financial hardship. It’s never too late to adopt a loving pet. Senior citizens interested in the program can request further information by contacting MCPAW and the MCASAC. 

 

The Loyal Companion Grant for Special Needs Dogs and Cats allows residents of Montgomery County who adopt a dog or cat with special needs from the MCASAC to apply for a medical grant of up to $500. The grant will be payable to the conducting veterinarian toward the cost of treating an abnormal medical condition reflected in the pet’s medical records provided to the grant applicant at the time of adoption. The cost of treating the abnormal condition must create a financial hardship for the grant applicant. The grant program is designed to achieve two objectives:  promote the adoption of dogs and cats from MCASAC that have pre-existing abnormal medical conditions, and help relieve financial hardship on adopters willing to take on the burden of a special needs animal. No matter the condition, all dogs and cats need loving families. Pet adopters who are willing to open their hearts and homes can contact MCPAW and the MCASAC for further information. 


Reducing Homeless
and Lost Animals


MCPAW has developed a variety of programs and activities aimed at reducing the number of animals that end up on the streets or in shelters.  We are committed to early intervention and problem solving.

SpayItForward (SIF)

 

Microchipping

Our SpayItForward program provides spay/neuter services to cats and dogs owned by residents in MoCo at no charge.  By offering these services without regard to income, MCPAW encourages broad participation and the SIF program has the potential to greatly reduce the number of animals entering the Shelter and the rate of euthanasia.

 

MCPAW also provides free microchipping services to county pet owners.  Microchipping helps increase the number of pets being returned to owners when lost.

The MCPAW SpayItForward and Microchipping programs are the first of their kind and we anticipate that they will serve as national demonstration projects.  We will be tracking statistics and cost savings and plan to share those results with the community.

Charter Colonies

 

TNR (Trap, Neuter & Return)

harter Colonies are established by MCPAW for community cats, and are managed and monitored by volunteer colony managers.  Through these “no kitten zones,” MCPAW takes an innovative, humane approach to reduce the number of stray kittens brought to the Shelter each year and ultimately control the feral cat population without needlessly sacrificing the lives of innocent animals.

 

The TNR program is responsible for the trap, neuter, return, vaccination and microchipping of community cats residing in MCPAW Charter Colonies.