Our Animal Well-Being program provides food, amenities, shelter and medical care to animals in the Shelter and throughout Montgomery County.
Pet Food Pantry
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!
Feed the Ferals
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.
Amenities & Toys
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.
Taking Action in the Community
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.
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.
Loyal Companion Medical Grant for Senior Citizens
Senior citizens are great pet owners. They have the extra time to devote to a pet and are particularly well-suited for older cats and dogs that are less demanding than energetic young animals. As a result, they are good candidates to adopt an older, “hard to adopt” dog or cat, but may not be able to afford the extra expense of non-routine medical treatment these older animals may require.
MCPAW’s Loyal Companion Medical Grant for Senior Citizens provides financial assistance up to $500, payable to the treating veterinarian, for Montgomery County residents age 65 and older who adopt a dog or cat from the MCASAC and subsequently incur financial hardship due to the cost of treating an abnormal condition diagnosed by a licensed veterinarian in the adopted animal.
Loyal Companion Medical Grant for Special Needs Dogs and Cats
Some dogs and cats at the MCASAC are known to have abnormal medical conditions that are not life threatening, but may likely require medical treatment soon after being adopted. Fortunately, there are pet adopters in the county who are willing to open their homes and hearts to these special needs animals, and just need some extra help with the cost of treating their new pet that has a pre-existing abnormal condition.
The Loyal Companion Medical Grant for Special Needs Dogs and Cats provides financial assistance up to $500 for Montgomery County residents who have adopted a dog or cat from the MCASAC having a pre-existing abnormal medical condition. The grant award will be payable to the licensed veterinarian providing treatment to the adopted pet for the pre-existing condition.
AmberCare is a special program to encourage adoption of senior dogs (age 9 and older). AmberCare participants receive a variety of special benefits, including:
- Adoption fee waived
- 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.
PurpleCare for 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:
- Adoption fee waived
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.
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.
Our SpayItForward program provides spay/neuter services for community cats in Montgomery County. Offered to caretakers who are managing these cat colonies, the SIF program has the potential to greatly reduce the number of animals entering the Shelter and the rate of euthanasia.
Charter 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.
TNR (Trap, Neuter & Return)
The TNR program is responsible for the trap, neuter, vaccination, microchipping and return of community cats residing in MCPAW Charter Colonies.