Helping a Cat with Diabetes-Related Eye Issues

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It's not just humans who can develop diabetes. Our companion pets can have it too, and it's more common than most people realize. That's what happened to poor Callie the cat. She came into MCASAC as an owner surrender with no reason why they didn't want her. The veterinary exam discovered that she had diabetes, and also was having diabetes-related issues with her eyes. One eye needed to be immediately removed. At just 5 years old, Callie has a long life to live.

In hopes of saving the other eye, MCASAC has asked MCPAW to help pay for Callie's visit and treatment by a veterinary ophthalmologist. Of course, we could not say no!! Will you pitch in to help us to ensure she gets all of the best treatment as possible? 

Callie had beautiful green eyes before she got sick. Let's give this still-young, always beautiful girl a better chance at retaining her remaining sight. Thank you for caring! GIVE NOW FOR CALLIE 

It May Be a New Year But...

...the animals keep on coming in who need our help. A new year is meaningless to an animal in need. 

And so it continues. MCPAW received word of a dog at the Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center named Hickory. A young Boxer mix, Hickory came in as a stray with unknown history. It was immediately noted that he was having trouble urinating. Upon exam, it appears he may have had some sort of trauma that caused a testicular adhesion and a urethral stricture. The adhesion was repaired when he was neutered but he requires further surgery to relieve the urethral stricture. What is recommended is a scrotal urethrostomy. Sounds terrible, poor guy! But it can't be worse than not being able to urinate.

MCPAW wants to help Hickory get this needed surgery. Can we count on you to help us help him? All donations from now until January 31 will go into MCPAW's Veterinary Medical Fund for Hickory's surgery. Go to to donate. Thank you for helping Hickory!

Year-End Giving

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The staff and volunteers of MCPAW are overwhelmed at the generosity you have shown in the past year. Because of you, we were able to accomplish the following:

  • Received a Maryland state grant and paid for the spay/neuter, vaccination, and microchip of over 400 feral community cats;
  • Funded the adoption fees for more than 50 senior dogs and cats at the Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center (MCASAC);
  • Funded surgeries and treatment for six pets with extreme medical issues and purchased a "wheelchair" for a cherished cat at MCASAC;
  • Bought enrichment items for the pets at MCASAC;
  • Gave out over 25,000 pounds of food and kitty litter at our pet food pantry;
  • Through our Loyal Companions program, granted funds to five adopters to help pay the medical expenses of special needs pets from MCASAC.

We are very hopeful for the coming year with so much more we can do, and we know you will continue to support us as we grow our outreach with more programs and awareness.

Please note: You may or may not be aware that with the new tax reform, the changes may impact you if you itemize your charitable contributions. Starting on January 1, 2018, the standard deduction for most individual taxpayers will increase to $12,000 for single filers and to $24,000 for joint filers, which could dramatically cut the number of people who itemize their deductions. Without itemizing, people who contribute to charities just for the write-offs will no longer have that incentive. We are still counting on your commitment to MCPAW's mission to help the animals as your incentive! Please consider making your contributions before the end of 2017.

Again, thank you for being our partners in making a difference for the animals. Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Help Jeff to Go 4-Wheeling!

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Poor little 10-year-old Jeff has not had an easy life. He came to the Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center (MCASAC) as a cruelty case. He had a broken leg which needed to be amputated. But that didn't stop him! He quickly got adopted. But life continued to be cruel. Jeff was found not too much later, abandoned in a cat carrier. Unfortunately, his adopter cannot be found. Now Jeff's back at MCASAC. He received a thorough veterinary exam and it showed that Jeff's other back leg has severe arthritis. It's very difficult for him to walk without pain. Jeff is a staff and volunteer favorite. He keeps his sweet demeanor through all of this sadness. MCPAW would like to make Jeff's life easier. We would like to help purchase a 4-wheel cart so that he doesn't have to walk at all. Will you help us? We can't resist this face. Can you? Please consider donating so that Jeff can get a his wheels!  Donate here.

I Want to Run Again!


Sweet Cherry Bomb (yes, that's her name!) came to the Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center as a stray. The staff immediately observed that she wasn't putting weight on her rear leg and did an xray. It showed that she has a fracture of the distal right femur (thigh). 

Cherry Bomb would love to be running around and having a good time, but it's tough when one leg is broken. She is estimated to be about 8 years old and has a lot of life left to live. MCPAW wants to be sure she gets that chance. Cherry Bomb is a happy and loving girl who deserves to be loved and doted on.

Sadly, this kind of leg fracture is complicated and we won't know if it can be treated or if the leg needs to be amputated until the surgeon sees her. We estimate the cost to be $1500. Cherry Bomb is worth it. Don't you think so too?

All donations from now until December 18 will go into MCPAW's Veterinary Medical Fund for Cherry Bomb's treatment. Donate here.

Giving Tuesday - November 28

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First there was Black Friday, then came Cyber Monday, now there is Giving Tuesday, one of the biggest fundraising days of the year. MCPAW is signed up to participate, and we are counting on you to help us reach our goal! This year, MCPAW has a goal of raising $5,000 to fund our Spay It Forward program. Spay It Forward provides spay/neuter services for community cats in Montgomery County.

Offered to caretakers who are managing these cat colonies, the program has the potential to greatly reduce the number of animals entering local shelters and the rate of euthanasia. Over the past year, MCPAW funded the spay and neuter of 440 cats!

Just $40 pays for a neuter surgery and $60 pays for a spay surgery. Both includes rabies vaccine, eartipping, and microchip.

How about challenging your friends to match your gift? If you give $5, find 8 friends to also give $5, then that pays for a neuter surgery! Of course, if you want to give more, we can pay for more surgeries!

Just about every week, MCPAW receives messages that more community cats have been found and need help. The numbers in our county are staggering. But MCPAW cannot help without your help. Please support our efforts to end the continuous breeding of unspayed/unneutered community cats by giving on Giving Tuesday. Thank you for caring about the animals.

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Thank You to All

The staff and board of MCPAW wishes to thank everyone who attended, volunteered, sponsored, donated auction items, and helped plan the MCPAW Party held on October 20. It was a huge success! Over 150 people, many with their dogs, came to the Bolger Center in Potomac to support MCPAW as we help the homeless animals of Montgomery County. We will be doing it again next year!


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Can You Imagine Life When It's Too Painful to Eat?

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We can't, and we know you wouldn't want to see any animal go through that either. Let us introduce you to Elsa. 

She is a 1-2 year-old, spayed female domestic shorthair. She is playful, smart, independent yet very loving, and may we add, a staff favorite! She has a condition called stomatitis, a severe inflammation of the gums which makes it very painful and difficult for her to eat. She was adopted and brought back when her adopters discovered that it would cost nearly $2000 to treat her condition.

We here at MCPAW believe she deserves to live a happy, pain free life. Any chance we can give her to get adopted is worth it.

Don't you think so too? All donations from now until October 1 will go into MCPAW's Veterinary Medical Fund for Elsa's treatment.

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The 1st Annual MCPAW Party - THE Event in MontCo!

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Most of us dog lovers hate to leave our dogs at home when we go out. Now's your chance to bring your dog to the hottest event happening this fall in Montgomery County! Please join us at the 1st Annual MCPAW Party on October 20 at 6pm at the lovely Bolger Center in Potomac, MD. 

Attendees are encouraged to dress to impress, and that includes your dogs! Black tie is optional for all! 

The event will include a full evening of food and fun. A full course dinner with wine service, appetizers and open bar, silent and live auctions, special guests, and more. Stay tuned for details of the auction items but we're hearing rumors of Redskins memorabilia, weekend packages at the Four Seasons, gift certificates, and so much more.

We look forward to seeing you and your dogs! Purchase tickets here.

Will You Help Cassie?

Cassie is an active, fun-loving 6-year-old Shepherd mix who was surrendered by her owner (by no fault of Cassie's) to the Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center (MCASAC).  It was not hard to miss the large mass on her back leg. But it won't stop Cassie from being happy and deserving of a loving home, that is, if MCPAW has any say in it!

The veterinarian at MCASAC tested the mass and found that it's a malignant growth called mast cell. That's the sad news. The good news is that surgery on mast cell tumors has a high rate of success! 

That's where MCPAW comes in. We have committed to MCASAC and Cassie that we will raise the funds to pay for this important surgery.

We care so much about Cassie and other pets who need special attention. We know you care too. That's why we created the Veterinary Medical Fund.

Right now, you can double your generous gift to the fund. MCPAW has found a donor who also believes Cassie deserves a chance and has committed to match donations to get Cassie's surgery. When you donate, your contribution will be doubled.

Not convinced yet? Let us tell you more about Cassie. She is a little bit shy with new people, but once she gets to know you, she loves attention, plays with toys, and enjoys being petted. She loves going for walks and is good on the leash, and also likes car rides! She is looking for a quiet home with no children. 

So, come on, let's do it! Let's get Cassie the surgery that will save her life.

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